Roseburg golfer wins Pac Am crown

Updated: October 2, 2012

The 16th year of the Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, produced by the Central Oregon Visitors Association, welcomed more than 1,000 attendees to the tournament and related event activities.

The 470 registered participants in the tournament, ranging in age from 19 to 74 and traveling from as far away as Australia, were accompanied by vacationing friends and family and spent the week alongside more than 100 corporate sponsors and media representatives.

PacAm attendees stayed an average of 6+ nights enjoying local accommodations, restaurants and stores with total economic impacts of more than $2.5 million for the week-long event.

The Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, the second largest amateur tournament in the nation, culminated with 88 participants qualifying for the Championship round which was played on the award-winning Crosswater course at Sunriver Resort.

Kenneth Linden of Roseburg, Oregon shot a net 66 to win overall and took home the coveted Championship trophy.

Sponsored by Lithia Auto Stores, the Charity Festival of Golf was a great success once again, raising over $11,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon with people donating money for a variety of contests at the Sunriver Meadow Golf Course.

This year’s event also saw the return of the Lithia Auto Stores sponsored “2nd Annual Lithia PacAm Challenge” which invited golf enthusiasts to enter for a chance to win paid entry to the 2012 Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic.

Twenty-six lucky golfers won this year’s “Challenge” and were sponsored by a Lithia Auto Store dealership. Four of those Lithia Challenge Winners qualified for the Championship with one of them, Paul Veroulis winning the Gross Divsion.

The 2013 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic will take place September 21 – 25. The dates are being changed from the last two years when the tournament was held the week before Labor Day. The Pacific Amateur originally started the event with the September dates and are going back.
The tournament is over some of Central Oregon’s top golf courses.