Cory Bacon Prevails to Win Arizona Stroke Play Championship
Cory Bacon’s final round 66 lead him to a comfortable 10-shot victory at the 2019 Arizona Stroke Play Championship. Nearly going wire-to-wire after carding the championship’s two lowest rounds (65 & 66) during the second and third round, Bacon headed into the final 18 on Sunday with a four-shot lead over GCU junior Trevor Lampson.
Signing for a bogey-free 6-under 66, Bacon cruised to his victory to bring the kachina trophy home. The PING Senior Engineer posted a clutch front nine 32 followed by a back nine 34 to take a commanding win. Bacon finished the weekend with a 269 (72-65-66-66).
“The two rounds (rounds 2 & 3) at the Victory Course were amazing. I putted really well on those greens. Out here today, my goal was to protect my four-shot lead and make a lot of pars. I didn’t miss any short putts and that was the key,” the champion said.
With rounds of 71-68-68-72, GCU Lope Trevor Lampson finished his four-day, 72-hole week 10 shots shy of Bacon. GCU sophomore Max Sekulic wound up at 6-under for the tournament, finishing third and thirteen shots behind the champion.
After defeating the 2015 AGA Player of the Year and current PGA TOUR Champions player Ken Tanigawa at the 2016 Arizona Amateur Championship, Bacon picked up his first AGA title. This win was of paramount importance to the 29-year-old.
“My win from three years ago and this one are my top two wins. It’s definitely sweet. This is my first stroke play win.”
With a tournament field size of 75, the 2019 Arizona Stroke Play Championships, hosted by Verrado Golf Club, marks Arizona’s second major of the year. The next Arizona Golf Association Championship is the Arizona Mid- Amateur scheduled June 07 – 09 2019 at Talking Stick Golf Club.
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