Menne Outlasts Tough Field to Win Women’s Stroke Play Title at Grayhawk Golf Club – Talon
By Brianna Gianiorio
Ashley Menne took home the Women’s State Amateur Stroke Play Championship Wednesday, after rounds of 73-67-71 to finish at -5 on Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course.
“The first round, everything was kind of a blur. I was just so disappointed that I was like “I have to do better tomorrow; this is not like me at all,” said Menne, 18, after the win. “The second day, I kind of just got it all together and was more focused on what was in front of me rather than daydreaming. I went out and was a little more aggressive and made some good putts and went with the flow.”
Siripatsorn Patchana turned in a final-round 1-under 71 to finish second at 1-under. Defending Champion Mikayla Fitzpatrick recorded a final-round 1-over 73 to finish third, eight shots behind Menne. Full results can be found here.
Menne, an Arizona State freshman, carded her solo round over par in her opening round. Unhappy with that effort and determined to turn things around, the Arizona State Sun Devil bounced back with a second-round 67 to steal headlines over first round leader Mikayla Fitzpatrick.
“It was a bad start but then I got it back. I got three birdies after that,” said Menne, a Surprise, Ariz., native. “Nerves got to me but I handled it.”
The four-time JGAA Player of the Year entered the final round four shots ahead of Patchana and six shots ahead of Carly Strole, Mallorie Luitwieler and Fitzpatrick. A double-bogey on the second hole dropped her lead to one after the GCU Senior Patchana recorded a birdie. But Menne recorded three birdies on the front nine to go out at 2-under 35, four shots ahead of Patchana.
The 18-year-old junior golf prodigy has an impressive golf resume. She has compiled nearly 50 titles over the past four years as a junior golfer. She is a three-time State Champion,, three-time Arizona High School Girls Golfer of the Year and three-time AJGA All-American. Next week, Menne enters her freshman season with the eight-time NCAA Champions Arizona State.
“I’m just looking forward to practicing with the team and competing as a team,” said Menne. “I definitely feel like I am going to get better by playing with better players. The facilities are great and I love the coaches.”
Lampson Dominates Back Nine in Arizona Stroke Play Championship Win at Grayhawk – Raptor
By Brianna Gianiorio
Trevor Lampson recorded four consecutive rounds under par en route to his first AGA major victory, capturing the Arizona Stroke Play Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course Sunday.
With a bogey-free 5-under 31 back nine, Lampson, 23, capped play with the lowest 9-hole score of the championship, finishing -13 overall to edge Hayes Dupree by three shots.
“I had been hitting the ball good all week, and then today I started off slow,” said Lampson, a Gilbert native, and Grand Canyon University standout. “I really had to turn it on the back 9. I got some momentum going on 10. I just kind of rolled from there. Made quite a few putts on the back to keep the flow going.”
Gabriel Salvanera turned in a 4-under 68 to finish 6-under in third. Mitchell Holmes recorded a final-round 71 to finish his last tournament as an amateur at 5-under.
Following rounds of 70-69-68, Lampson entered the final round at -9, two shots clear of Dupree and four shots clear of Holmes and Chris Kamin. That set the stage for Lampson and Dupree to go toe-to-toe the entire final round.
With an early birdie on the par-4 2nd, Dupree sat just one back of the lead. Lampson then dropped into a tie with Dupree with a bogey on 6. After the co-leaders both bogeyed the par-4 6th, Dupree recorded two consecutive birdies to emerge into his first lead through nine. Kamin, meanwhile, turned in a 3-under 33 on the front nine to trail by just three shots.
But then Lampson pushed the pedal to the metal after the turn. He opened the final nine with a deep 45-foot putt for birdie followed by another birdie on 11. Dupree’s bogey on 10 meant Lampson was back in the lead, and he wouldn’t look back.
“Dupree played really good today – especially on the back 9, he was matching all the birdies I was making,” Lampson said. “I’d make a good putt for birdie and he’d make it right on top of me.
“This victory means a lot. I’ve been playing this event for quite a while now, so it’s really nice to finally get the win.”
This marks the two-time Arizona Amateur Quarterfinalist’s first AGA victory. Lampson plans on returning to school for an extra year of eligibility due to a shortened spring season from COVID-19.
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Jake Chanen Wins 96th Arizona Amateur Championship at Desert Forest Golf Club
143-yard pitching wedge to two feet on the 18th hole sealed Chanen’s second Arizona Amateur
CAREFREE, Ariz. – Jake Chanen showed the heart and determination of a champion at Desert Forest Golf Club Saturday, winning the 96th Arizona Amateur Championship 1 up over Chris Kamin. The win is Chanen’s second career Arizona Amateur title, after winning at Tonto Verde Golf Club in 2018.
“It was awesome, that was a battle and I really enjoyed it,” Chanen said after the match. “It’s a great feeling and I’ll definitely remember this for a while.”
The 18th hole was a microcosm of the entire match. Kamin found the middle of the fairway with his tee shot, while Chanen had to punch out from behind a tree off the right side of the fairway, and appeared to be in trouble. But with a bit of mud on his ball, Kamin’s approach sailed left of the green to the dirt cart path.
Chanen’s third shot from 143 yards out with a pitching wedge won’t soon be forgotten, finishing two feet from the cup to apply the pressure. Kamin was unable to get up and down for par, and Chanen won the match after Kamin conceded Chanen’s short par putt.
“Whatever I think I could have done or would have done differently, Jake hit a really great shot on 18,” said Kamin of his opponent’s approach on 18. “Hitting that, he deserved to win it on that hole. There’s always a part of me that says, ‘I coulda-shoulda-woulda.’ But overall it was a really good week.”
Kamin started the match 2 up after two holes, before Chanen won the next two holes to tie through four. A roller coaster of a match saw Kamin 1 up through 8, but mud on his ball in the 9th fairway pushed it right into the cactus, forcing an unplayable an allowing Chanen to tie the match at the turn.
Kamin started the back nine much like the front, winning two of the first three holes to go up two through 12. Chanen responded by taking the 13th hole to go down one, setting the stage for a match-changing 16th hole.
Chanen hit driver to the middle of the fairway, then crushed a hybrid into the right greenside bunker, short-siding himself. Kamin meanwhile hit three straight irons to the middle of the green, setting up a birdie putt. But Chanen was able to get up and down from eight feet for birdie, and Kamin’s birdie putt went inches by the hole to even the match.
“That bunker shot was definitely hands-down the best of my life,” said Chanen, a recent Grand Canyon University graduate. “It was a tough lie to a super elevated green. I had nothing to work with, and I just tried to get it up there and make a putt, and I was able to do that.”
Chanen and Kamin would have 15-foot birdie putts on 17 to take the lead, but both came inches from falling, leaving the match tied and setting the stage for the epic 18th hole.
“It hurts right now, and it will hurt for a while,” said Kamin. “But Jake played well, and as disappointed as I am for me, I am happy for him.”
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