Teaming Up at Chambers Bay

Colorado team places 13th in Pacific Coast Amateur’s Morse Cup competition

By Gary Baines – 7/21/2021

The team representing Colorado and the CGA shot the same score on day 2 as it did in Tuesday’s opening round, but still dropped four spots on the scoreboard for the Pacific Coast Amateur’s Morse Cup competition, which concluded on Wednesday.

The Coloradans ended up finishing 13th out of 15 teams in the 36-hole Morse Cup held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., the host site for the 2015 U.S. Open. They ended up 8 over par for two rounds as a team, 17 strokes behind the champions from the Southern California Golf Association.

With the top two scores out of three for each golf association counting toward the team total each day, the 1-over-par 72 by Josh McLaughlin of Loveland and the 74 by Nick Nosewicz of Aurora counted on Wednesday. A 75 by Ryan Axlund of Englewood rounding out the Colorado scoring.

Though the Morse Cup competition concluded after Wednesday, the 72-hole individual tournament will continue through Friday.

Axlund, the 2019 CGA Mid-Amateur champion, stands in 51st place out of 83 players at the halfway point of the Pac Coast (71-75–146). McLaughlin, winner of the 2019 CGA Match Play, shares 58th place (75-72–147), while Nosewicz, the 2015 CGA Match Play champ, is tied for 79th (78-74–152).

John Sand, a Washington resident and a University of Denver golfer, sits in 32nd place at 142 (75-67).

In recent years, the Colorado team has placed 10th (for the fourth straight year) in the Morse Cup competition in 2017, seventh in 2018 and 12th in 2019. The Pacific Coast Amateur wasn’t held in 2020 due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

Pacific Coast Amateur

At Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

13. CGA 146-146—292

51. Ryan Axlund, Englewood 71-75–146

58. Josh McLaughlin, Loveland 75-72–147

79. Nick Nosewicz, Aurora 78-74–152


32. DU golfer John Sand 75-67–142

For all the team and individual scores from the Pac Coast Amateur, CLICK HERE.