Former A&M star Peck romps to Pacific Northwest title

Former Texas A&M star Cameron Peck (file photo)

Former Texas A&M star Cameron Peck (file photo)

Former Texas A&M standout Cameron Peck added to his 2013 summer success by winning the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Peck defeated Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore. in the scheduled 36-hole final, 7 and 6.

As his side of the bracket got smaller, Peck's victory margins got larger. He won Wednesday’s quarterfinal match, 6 and 5, and semifinal match 4 and 3.

Reimers kept pace early in the final, matching four birdies with Peck on the opening nine, but his putter began to falter, leading to costly three-putts at the end of the morning round and providing Peck with a 3-up lead through the first 18.

Reimers, who won last month's Oregon Open, is a fifth-year senior at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he transferred after the University of Portland dropped its golf program. His caddie for this week, Jake Wagner, was a former teammate at Portland.

“I had a great week,” said Reimers, who was the No. 2 seed after match play. “I’ve been playing well, (but) Cameron definitely deserved his win.”

Peck was victorious at last month's Washington State Amateur, which was held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. A links layout with fescue grasses, Chambers Bay prepared Peck for this week’s championship at Bandon Dunes, known for its links courses and hard, fescue fairways.

“I had never been to Bandon Dunes before (this week),” said Peck.

“On the final day at Chambers, the wind blew really hard, and I realized I really needed to figure out how to hit knock-down shots.”

Along with the knock-down shots, Peck also brought his power game to Bandon, consistently outdriving his opponents and reaching most par 5s in two shots throughout the week.

Peck, who won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur, recently completed his collegiate career with the Aggies. He has qualified to play in next week's U.S. Amateur Public Links, and intends to enter PGA Tour Q-School this fall.

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