Breezy or windy?
Ask the guy who just finished his four-year golf career at Texas A&M — Olympia’s Cameron Peck — to know the difference. He has seen a lot of it this week at the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.
“It is windy in Texas, but it kind of gusts,” Peck said. “Here it is a constant, hard wind.”
Peck, a Timberline High School graduate, reached the quarterfinals Tuesday with a victory in 20 holes over Oregon high school star Dylan Wu of Medford.
He moves on to face Seattle’s Kyle Bowser, a University of Washington golfer, in the quarterfinals Wednesday morning. Also still alive is Bainbridge Island’s Carl Jonson, last year’s PNGA Amateur runner-up who now plays for UNLV.
After beating Nicholas Chianello, 3 and 2, in the morning round of 32, Peck never trailed in his round-of-16 encounter with Wu, who is a senior-to-be at Saint Mary’s High School and has already committed to Northwestern University.
But 1-up on the 17th hole, Peck thought he rolled his 4-foot par putt right in the center of the cup, only to watch his golf ball catch the edge, spin around the circumference of the hole and come back at him.
“I have seen it happen before, but I was sure the putt went in,” Peck said. “It was perfect and came straight back at me.”
The sudden bogey left the two golfers all square heading down the stretch.
Both golfers hit the green on the 20th hole — the 190-yard par-3 second hole at Bandon Trails. After Yu missed a 20-foot putt for birdie, Peck — the reigning Washington State Men’s Amateur champion — ended the match by making his 15-footer.
“I am feeling good right now,” Peck said. “It is tough in all this wind, but I feel like I am playing good.”
Meanwhile Jonson posted a pair of 2-and-1 victories in his two matches, including one over Bandon Dunes caddie Tim Tucker in the round of 16.
Jonson is 8-1 in match play over his past two PNGA Men’s Amateur events.
“Match play I love it. It is fun,” Jonson said. “There’s something about it that is more than just playing golf. It is another element — how tough can you be. You have to fight and scratch for every little piece, on every hole. And it fits my game.”