Kimberley’s Jared du Toit

Kimberley’s Jared du Toit

du Toit hits Oregon in search of Pacific Northwest success

Kimberley golfer in pursuit of another title, this time at Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in Eugene

Jared du Toit’s summer on the links wears on as he prepares for the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship set for Aug. 10 to 13 in Toronto.

This week, the Kimberley native finds himself at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., in search of another title, this time at the 49th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

The local linkster sits one-over par in a tie for seventh place after two rounds at Eugene Country Club, four strokes behind leader Will Zalatoris (three-under).

Playing his first round on Tuesday, du Toit fired a two-under 68 before following up with a three-over 73 on Wednesday afternoon.

Eugene Country Club features 6,975 yards of track for competitors to conquer.

du Toit is one of five Canadians at the invitational amateur event.

Kevin Carrigan (Victoria) and Brandon Markiw (Edmonton) find themselves at six-over par following 36 holes of play. Brett Hogan (Calgary) is nine-over and Jordan Lu (Vancouver) sits at 12-over par.

The summer of 2015 has been a big one for Canada’s second-ranked men’s amateur golfer.

The Kimberley Golf Club member claimed the 113th B.C. Amateur Championship on July 19, shortly after announcing he was transferring to Arizona State University from the University of Idaho ahead of the 2015-16 NCAA golf season.

The field at Eugene Golf Club is limited to 84 players comprised of individuals invited by the Pacific Coast Golf Association (PCGA) president and recruiting committee and individuals representing PCGA member associations.  The British Columbia Golf Association (BCGA) is a member association of the PCGA.

Though the event and its present history began in 1967, the inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur Championship was hosted at the San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio from April 24 to 27, 1901.

The tournament continued through 1911, after which it ceased to exist until its reincarnation in 1967.

Corey Pereira of Cameron Park, Calif., claimed the 2014 championship.

The last Canadian to win the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship was Calgary’s Jordan Irwin in 2008. Irwin earned the title when the tournament was contest at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

Eugene Country Club last hosted the event in 2010.

The Eugene Country Club was established in 1899 and is the second-oldest country club in the state of Oregon.

The current golf course was designed in 1923.

In 2016, the Eugene Country Club will host the NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship.