Ever been hit by a golf ball?
Few things anger golf course superintendents more than golfers hitting into the maintenance staff while they are trying to complete a job. This is because most superintendents have been hit themselves and know that it is a painful and potentially very dangerous experience. Click here to watch a brief video on golf course safety from the USGA Green Section staff.
Papago special through Aug. 5
Papago is offering specials just for AGA members. For $56.50 (plus tax) you can golf, with a cart, and choose one Papago logo hat plus a logo men’s shirt. Women can select from a skort or visor plus get a ladies’ shirt for the same price. Click here for the details of this offer. This special only lasts through August 5, so call now (602-275-8428) to make sure you don’t miss out. Just mention that you are an AGA member. The course is also offering $2 beers Monday through Friday.
Arizona represented at 44th Pacific Coast Amateur
Scottsdale’s Philip Francis, Anthem’s Scott Pinckney, Nogales’ Alberto Sanchez, Phoenix’s Charlie Marusiak and Chandler’s Garrett Iverson will compete in the 44th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, one of the nation’s premiere amateur golf events, July 27 through 30 at Eugene Country Club in Oregon. The field for the 72-hole stroke-play event is comprised of amateur golfers from the 16 associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association as well as a select number of invitees from around the world. Players play all four rounds in the individual competition; live scoring will be available at www.pacificcoastamateur.com. In addition to the individual competition, each association names three representatives that will comprise its team in the annual Morse Cup Team Competition, with the best two of three scores in each of the first two rounds counting for the team total. Philip Francis, Scott Pinckney and Alberto Sanchez will represent the Arizona Golf Association in the Morse Cup Team Competition. Pinckney recently won the 107th Trans-Mississippi Championship. The field will include Northeast Amateur champion Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga, Calif., three collegiate conference winners, three former United States Golf Association champions, and a large number of current and former state and regional champions from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bramlett, who recently graduated from Stanford University, won the Northeast Amateur by two shots at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. Bramlett shot rounds of 69-68-66-67 — 270, six under par at the venerable par-69 layout. Bramlett, now fully recovered after battling wrist injuries for two years, recently competed in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and was a member of the 2007 NCAA champion Cardinal team. The 2010 conference champions in the field are:
Eric Mina of Fremont, Calif.: A junior at Cal, Mina came from four shots off the lead entering the final round to win the 2010 Pac-10 individual title at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Mina was the only golfer to shoot in the 60s for all four rounds: 65-68-67-68 — 266, 16 under par.
David Lipsky of La Cañada, Calif.: Lipsky, a junior, became the second consecutive Northwestern University golfer to win the Big Ten individual title at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Minneapolis, Minn. Lipsky shot 67-72-71-71 — 281, 7 under par, and won by two shots.
Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, NM: A junior at New Mew Mexico State, Madigan was 14-under-par (202) at Rio Seco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. in becoming the second consecutive Aggie to win the WAC individual title.
The three former USGA champions entered in the Pacific Coast Amateur are:
Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev.: Marsh won the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeating Carlton Forrester 10 & 9 in championship match. Marsh, a former two-time Southern California Golf Association champion, also played in the 2006 Masters by virtue of his USGA Mid-Am win. A two-time winner of the Southern California GA (SCGA) Amateur Championship, Marsh reached the semifinals of last week’s California Amateur.
Phillip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz.: Francis won the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club, defeating Richard Lee, 3 & 2, in the final match. He’s a redshirt junior at Arizona State University.
Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash.: Peck won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur, defeating Evan Beck, 10 & 8, at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Alabama. He’s now a sophomore at Texas A&M.
This year’s Pacific Coast Amateur will be the seventh time that the championship will have been played at Eugene Country Club. (The Olympic Club in San Francisco has also hosted the event seven times.) The last time the Pacific Coast Amateur was played at Eugene Country Club was in 2004 when Michael Putnam sank a six-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Spencer Levin of Elk Grove, Calif., and Andrew Martin of Melbourne, the only three-man playoff in the tournament’s history. Founded in 1899, Eugene Country Club purchased its current 146-acre site in 1923 and legendary amateur golfer H. Chandler Egan laid out the club’s first 18-hole course. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. remodeled the course, in part by reversing the routing into the magnificent layout it is today. In addition to the six previous Pacific Coast Amateurs, the club was also the site of the 1993 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Johnny Miller), the 2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, and the 1959 and 1978 NCAA Division I Championships. It has also hosted dozens of state and regional championships.
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Losole III captures 86th AZ Amateur
In a tense final match, Nicholas Losole III prevailed over Jake Golembiewski to win the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Golembiewski led almost the entire match, but it was Losole who prevailed at the end on the 19th hole. Play early on in the match was less than dramatic. Struggling with the speed of the greens early in the morning, both players got off to slow starts. “The greens seemed way faster today.” Golembiewski noted, “My stroke was close, but I was just guessing on the speed.” Both players traded wins on the first two holes, with a birdie by Golembiewski at number one and a par by Losole on number two. Holes three and four were halved with pars, but on number five things really started getting interesting. With both players in the back bunker, Losole played first and left himself 20 feet for par. Golembiewski then blasted out to inside four feet and won the hole with a par. Number six proved to be different though. With Golembiewski in good shape and Losole in trouble, it was looking like Golembiewski had the advantage after their tee shots. Losole played a shot from behind a tree onto the green about 30 feet from the hole. After a three-putt by Golembiewski, Losole was back to all square. On seven, after missing the green short, Losole was unable to save par and left Golembiewski two putts to reclaim a one-up lead. Both players traded pars on holes eight through 11 until Golembiewski ran in a 20-footer for birdie on number 12. “Number 12 was big because he took a two-up lead, then he piped one down 13,” Losole said. Playing 13 down two and with a tough bunker shot upcoming, Losole’s chances weren’t looking good. Losole hit a six iron from a tough lie in the fairway bunker to find the green and ultimately halve the hole and remain two down. “When I got through 13 with a par, I knew I had a chance,” he said. On hole 14, Losole hit a long drive and was able to reach the putting surface in two for an easy two-putt birdie and a win to get back to one down. Both players made par on the long par three-15th and headed to 16 with Golembiewski still clinging to a one-up advantage. After a Losole birdie on the short par four, the match was all square for the first time since number six. Golembiewski countered by birdieing the 17th hole to reclaim the lead and force Losole to win number 18 to have a chance. Golembiewski played first off the tee and pulled his tee shot left into the deep rough forcing a lay-up. Losole’s drive found the middle of the fairway leaving him 247 yards to a back left hole location. Losole played his second into the front bunker and blasted his third out to two feet to put pressure on Golembiewski. Golembiewski’s 10-foot birdie putt slid just past the edge leaving Losole’s tap in to extend the match which was successfully holed.
With the match all square and needing extra holes, the players headed back to number one tee. Both drives found the fairway in position to reach the par five in two. Golembiewski’s second came to rest in the front bunker near the lip forcing a much higher shot than he would have liked.
“The bunker on number one probably has the steepest bunker face on the course, I had to hit a higher shot than I would have liked, and just flubbed it a little bit,” Golembiewski said.
Losole fired his second shot onto the back fringe about 35 feet from the hole, leaving a routine up-and-down for a birdie. Golembiewski’s putt for birdie slid just past the right edge of the hole leaving Losole a little more than four feet for the championship.
“That is the type of putt you practice all the time like your trying to win the Masters, except this time it was for the Arizona Amateur,” Losole noted. When asked about the pressure of the situation Losole added, “I got really calm and comfortable and just told myself whatever happens, happens. Fortunately it went in.”
“Overall it was great week and my attitude going into the week was if someone was going to beat me, they would have to play great, and Nick played real well today to win,” Golembiewski noted. “I only made one bogey, he just played great golf to beat me at the end.”
Losole added, “I had to really fight hard to win this one today, as Jake was playing great throughout the entire match. Winning the Arizona Amateur makes my summer a huge success. This was the one event I wanted to win this summer so I am very excited”