Brown defends AGA Western Am title

Blake Brown, of Scottsdale, successfully defended his AGA Western Amateur title at Yuma Golf and Country Club, shooting a 2-day total of 144 on a very windy weekend in Yuma.
Brown, who currently plays golf at Boise State University, also won the opening event of the year, the AGA Short Course at Lakes at Ahwatukee Golf Club.
“It feels great to win this event again. It was really tough conditions today, with the wind gusting for the entire round. I am playing a lot of events the next few months so hopefully this will jumpstart my summer,” Brown said.
Last year, with no wind and temperatures hovering around 100, Brown shot consecutive rounds of 66-66. On Sunday, it was more survival for all players, with winds blowing 25-35 mph all day. Brown’s 74 tied for the second lowest round of the day. After starting out with consecutive bogey’s, Brown rallied with a birdie on the par 3, 8th hole, and finished with a 36 on his front nine. His back nine was highlighted by a birdie on the par 5, 15th hole and he ended shooting 38. His final round 74 (2-day total 144) was good enough to hold on for a two-stroke victory.
Murphy Mitchell, of Scottsdale, fired consecutive rounds of 73-73, for a 2-day total of 146 to finish in 2nd place overall. His 73 on Sunday was the lowest round of the day. Kyle Jones, of Taylor, finished alone in 3rd overall with rounds of 73-74, for a 2-day total of 147.
The Western Amateur was also a Qualifier for the 86th AZ Amateur Championship, which will take place July 19-24 at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Seventeen players qualified for the AZ Amateur, with 2-day totals of 158 or better.
The Arizona Golf Association would like to thank Yuma Golf and Country Club for hosting the Western Amateur. Additionally we would like to thank all volunteers who continue to support the Arizona Golf Association.