Leavenworth golfer wins championship at Golf World Pacific Amateur for 2011

Updated: October 3, 2011

Wade Bittle of Leavenworth, Wash. won the championship of the Golf World Pacific Amateur with a net score of 63.

The tournament, which featured nearly 600 players, had a two-way tie for the top of the championship round with Bittle and Jerry Taylor of Golf, Calif. Bittle won the playoff to earn the championship, where the top two players form each flight played at Pronghorn.

This was the 15th year of the Central Oregon Visitors Association produced the Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic. “The resiliency of our field of golfers, the commitment of our sponsors and the quality and reputation developed by the PacAm over the years has been our formula for success,” stated Alana Audette, President & CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association.

The tournament, the second largest amateur tournament in the nation, had more than 1,000 attendees to the PacAm tournament and related event activities. The 525 registered participants were accompanied by vacationing friends and family and spent the week alongside more than 100 corporate sponsors and nearly two dozen media representatives. Average length of stay for the PacAm attendees is 6+ nights, with total economic impacts of more than $3 million for the week-long event.

The PacAm was represented by attendees from nearly every state in the nation, as well as groups of international visitors from Italy, New Zealand, Ireland and Scotland.

The Lithia Charity Festival of Golf, held on the opening night of the PacAm tournament, raised more than $14,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon. This charitable component of the PacAm has become a highlight of the event where our visitors help COVA give back to Central Oregon charitable non-profits and has raised more than $130,000 in the event history.

The 2012 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic will take place August 27 – 31. Visit www.PacAmgolf.com for information and registration.