(Thanks and credit to the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship for the great coverage below. The original story can be found here and click here for final scores)
Portland, Oregon – Sun Devil graduate James Leowshot 69-67-65-68 to win the 55th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, held this week at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon.
He becomes the first Sun Devil to win the big amateur event since Chan Kim in 2009 and joins a slate of Sun Devils to win the event that does not include 1996 PCA champion and two-time All-American Scott Johnson, four-time All-American -American. – Todd Demsey, 1993 American and NCAA champion (1993 PCA champion), Billy Mayfair, quadruple All-American (1987 and 1988 PCA champion) and Tony Grimes, 1982 PCA medalist.
A champion and his trophy ????
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JAMES LEOW SUN DEVIL CAREER NOTES
— Played in 18 collegiate tournaments from 2018-22 (Saturday 2020-21 with injury).
–In 51 career rounds, he averaged 71.00 hits with 32 rounds par or better and 18 rounds in the 60s.
— Won the 2021 Thunderbird Collegiate while playing as an individual.
— Also won the 2020 24-man Coronado Invitational and shared 39-man Arizona varsity medal honors in 2019 with teammate Jino Sohn.
–Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 222.
— Played in the 2022 Palmer Cup and won the Michael Carter “Junior” Memorial Award for the international team.
INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE FINISHES OF JAMES LEOW FIRST PLACE (INCLUDES SHARING)
-James Leow (Jr.) ASU Thunderbird Collegiate (April 15-16, 2022)
-James Leow (So./co-medalist) Coronado Invitational (March 9-10, 2020)/24-player field
-James Leow and Jino Sohn (co-medalists) Arizona Medalist Intercollegiate (January 28-29, 2019)/39 players on the field
JAMES LEOW FEATURES/LINKS
–Patience, hard work key to Leow’s victory (by Lee Yulin, The Straits Times/June 20, 2021)
–James Leow perseveres, pulls away to win Southwestern Amateur (by Jordan Perez, AmateurGolf.com/June 19, 2021)
–Sophomore James Leow represents ASU men’s golf and his country (by Harry Croton, ASU State Press/Oct 8, 2019)
— James Leow breaks Singapore’s 30-year individual title drought (Singapore StraighTimes/December 6, 2019)
The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in North America. The first tournament was held on the links of the San Francisco Golf Club at the Presidio in 1901. After playing until 1911, the Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, to be reconstituted at the Seattle Golf Club in 1967. Fifteen members Pacific Rim golf associations include the Pacific Coast Golf Association.
“I’m really excited to get the win,” said Leow. “
I participated in competitions and my golf was a little up and down, but it’s always good to play good golf all week long.”
Leow entered the day tied for first place with Caleb Suratt of Knoxville, Ten., and the two were paired in the final round with Sam Choi from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Leow and Surratt were neck and neck throughout the final round, with both players rounding the par first nine and they stood on the tenth tee tied for the lead. They both birdied on 10, Leow birdied on 11, then Surratt tied it with a birdie on 12. They tied par on 13, then both birdied No. 14.
On the 15th hole, Surratt bogeyed while Leow pared to take a one-stroke lead. Then on the 16th hole, Leow returned the favor with his own bogey, and the two players were level again.
On the par-4 17th hole, both players touched the green in regulation time. Leow came in for par while Surratt bogeyed. That gave Leow a unique advantage with one to play over Surratt and Sam Choi, who birdied the 17th to get back there.
After a perfect tee shot on the par-4 18, Leow stuck his second four-footer and he drained the birdie putt for the win to finish 15 under for the championship.
“I didn’t check my phone, but I had a rough idea of where I was and where the other two (Surratt and Choi) were,” Leow said. “At the end of the day it was really close with Sam making a comeback and Caleb chasing me too, it was a great game and I had so much fun there.”
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Leow, 25, is the No. 115 ranked player in the world (WAGR) and he just completed his senior season as a member of the Arizona State University men’s golf team, which included victory over Thunderbird Collegiate from ASU in April. He played on the international team in the 2022 Palmer Cup and he will play in both the West Amateur and USA Mid-Amateur later this summer.
“It reassures me that I’ve been training hard and moving in the right direction,” Leow said. “My next event is the Western Amateur where all the best amateurs in the world are going to play, so it reassures me that I have what it takes to compete with the best. I can also win the Western Amateur.”