News

Kristoffer Marshall Captures 97th Arizona Amateur Championship

 

Marshall wins 16th, 17th holes to break tie and defeat 2019 Champion Evan White, 2 & 1

 

by David Bataller
Director of Communications | Arizona Golf Association

 

SCOTTSDALE – Kristoffer Marshall won the 97th Arizona Amateur Championship Presented by PXG, 2 & 1 over Evan White in a thrilling match at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course. Marshall erased a one-hole deficit at the turn, winning the 16th and 17th holes to capture the match, 2 & 1.

“I’m here, and I’m thrilled to be here,” said Marshall with a smile after the trophy presentation, holding his Kachina with Pinnacle Peak in the distance. “There were a couple times in matches when I wasn’t sure we’d get here. And then there were some really good glimmers of hope that showed I have just as much game sometimes. So we’re here, and I’m happy.”

“I gave it my all out there – it stinks to come up short like that but I know it will help me going forward,” said White, the 2019 Arizona Amateur Champion. “Overall I’m really happy with the way I played.”

After matching pars on the first two holes, White’s four-foot par putt lipped out on the 3rd hole. Marshall had already made a six-footer for par, giving him a 1 up lead. Marshall would maintain that lead until the 6th hole, when he missed a six-foot comebacker of his own to halve the hole.

“I saw him throw it to five feet on six, and I went right at it as well, and mine ripped back into the bunker,” said Marshall. “I knew I had to put the gas pedal down and put some light pressure on.”

One hole later, Marshall suffered through a streak of bad luck, as his approach landed on the green, but spun off the left side and into the bunker. His bunker shot landed just short of the green, and he couldn’t chip in for par. White’s birdie putt would be conceded, giving him a 1 up lead, and igniting a fire inside Marshall.

“I trailed by one coming into 10 – that was the first time I was down all week.,” said Marshall. “I think that’s what I was most proud of because I hung in there all week. Evan you could tell – he just looked a little more stoic. You knew he was here to do something today, and that was to push me. And I had to definitely give him a little push back.”

White held on to the one-hole lead until the par-4 12th hole, when Marshall stuffed his approach to a foot. White’s approach to 12 feet ended up hole-high, but he couldn’t convert the putt, and conceded Marshall’s birdie to tie the match.

Marshall and White would trade clutch putts over the next three holes to keep the match tied. But on the 16th hole, with a severe right to left slope on a 30-foot putt, White left himself seven feet past the hole for par. He missed the putt, and Marshall’s par earned him a 1 up lead.

“That’s the beauty of Match Play – anybody has a chance,” said White. “I hit every fairway and put myself in good spots around the greens and on the greens. But it comes down to one or two putts, and that’s what makes it so fun.”

With a chance to close out the match on the par-3 island 17th green, Marshall hit his tee shot to eight feet. White followed with an even more stellar shot to six feet. But like it had been all week long, the flat stick came through for Marshall, burying the birdie putt. White could not convert to extend the match, providing for Marshall’s winning margin.

“Hats off to Kris – he played great,” said White. “It was a lot of fun.”

Full Bracket and scores from the week of the 97th Annual Arizona Amateur Championship Presented by PXG can be found by clicking here. Full recaps can be found on the Arizona Golf Association website. And a wide selection of content from each day of the tournament can be found on the AGA’s social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

News

White, Marshall Advance to Championship Match at AZ Am


For Immediate Release
August 13, 2021

Contact:

David Bataller
[email protected]
(602) 944-3035

WHITE, MARSHALL ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH AT THE 97TH ARIZONA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

2019 Champion White, AGA Tournament stalwart Marshall to battle for Kachina trophy

SCOTTSDALE – 2019 Champion Evan White and Kristoffer Marshall survived a tough day of match play to advance to the Championship Match of the 97th Arizona Amateur Championship Presented by PXG. White and Marshall each won matches in the Round of 8 and Round of 4, setting up their duel Saturday morning at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course.

“I’m super excited – I feel super blessed to have another opportunity to win this tournament means a ton to me,” said White, a 2 & 1 winner over Austin Quick in the semifinals. “It’s just so much fun, with so many good players. It’s a blast.”

“I kept it in the short grass and played to my strength – I just tried to keep things in a reasonable and manageable aspect all week,” said Marshall, a 2 & 1 victor over Reece Nilsen. “I hit it good and I was never down in any of my matches ever. That’s probably what feels the best.”

White built a 3 up lead on the 15th tee box, but Quick made birdie to White’s par to make it a two-hole advantage with three to play. But the two players matched scores on 16 and 17, ending the match in White’s favor.

“I think getting [to the Round of 4] we both played incredible matches and were making a ton of birdies,” said Scottsdale’s Quick, a Chaparral High School and Arizona State University grad. “And then we kind of stalled out a little bit and we were grinding out pars and tying. It was a grueling match, it was a great match.”

Marshall needed all 18 holes to get past Nilsen, a redshirt senior at Northern Illinois University. Leading by one on the par-5 18th tee, Marshall hit his second shot to seven feet, forcing Nilsen to press for a shot at eagle to extend the match. But his second shot fell short of the green, and the ensuing eagle chip slid past the whole, leading to the concession on the final hole.

“This week I played great in the stroke play, and I played great yesterday,” said Nilsen. “Just today I wasn’t giving myself the really good birdie opportunities I was giving myself the rest of the week.”

For White, an Arizona Amateur Championship Match is familiar territory, something he hopes will give him an advantage Saturday morning.

“Mentally I think I’m better at controlling my emotions and not giving my opponent anything by my demeanor,” said White, a redshirt sophomore at Texas State University who won in 2019 at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. “In 2019 I didn’t have much match play experience. I feel like winning that and going through so many match play rounds really helped me to be prepared for this situation.”

In the Friday morning matches, White defeated upstart Anawin Pikulthong 5 & 3, making quick work of the youngest player in the field. At just 16-years-old, the Arizona State University commit and incoming junior at Hamilton High School had turned heads with his play on the Talon Course.

Quick defeated Grand Canyon University junior Mathew Braley, 2 & 1, ending Braley’s Arizona Amateur Championship run in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Quick found himself down two after two as Braley opened birdie-par, but fought back to tie the match at the turn, and never looked back after taking the lead on 10.

Down one through nine holes, Nilsen stepped up on the back nine to defeat David Scott, 3 & 1. A Nilsen birdie on the 126-yard par-3 17th ended the match, beating Scott’s par.

Marshall needed 19 holes to take down Carl Miltun in a fantastic match that featured a combined 10 birdies. Miltun was down one on the 17th tee before a birdie evened the match, with Marshall only able to manage a par. Marshall was able to par the 19th (1st hole), eliminating Miltun’s bogey.

The Championship Match tee’s off at 6:30 a.m. at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course. Follow along on all of the Arizona Golf Association’s social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Full Bracket can be found by clicking here.

News

Final Eight Advance to Set Up Thrilling Finish to AZ Am


For Immediate Release
August 12, 2021

Contact:

David Bataller
[email protected]
(602) 944-3035

FINAL EIGHT ADVANCE TO SET UP THRILLING FINISH TO THE 97TH ARIZONA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Stroke Play Medalist Lloyd out in Round of 16; Defending champ Chanen out in Round of 32

SCOTTSDALE – Eight players are left in contention at the 97th Arizona Amateur Championship Presented by PXG, after Thursday morning’s Round of 32 play and then the afternoon’s Round of 16 matches at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course. Notable names to advance to Friday’s Round of 8 include Anawin Pikulthong, the youngest player in the field at 16-years-old, and Evan White, the 2019 Arizona Amateur Champion.

“I got down fairly early, but just stayed in the present and kept my mind focused on each hole,” said White, a 4 & 3 winner over Cameron Barzekoff in the Round of 16 and a redshirt sophomore at Texas State University. “The first few holes on the back I just made sure to hit in the middle of the green whenever I could, and put the pressure on him. That was kind of my strategy and it worked today.”

Pikulthong started his day with a 2 & 1 win over Joey Pirmann, and then dispatched of Shankar Natarajan, 3 & 2, in the afternoon.

Stroke Play Qualifying Medalist Joseph Lloyd advanced to the Round of 16 by beating Tyler Randol, 1 up. But fellow Scottsdale-native Austin Quick had Lloyd’s number in their afternoon match, winning a tough match 2 & 1.

“I just played really good today – in my first match against Mason (Quagliata) I made like eight birdies and I had to have my best stuff against him,” said Quick, a Chapparral High School and Arizona State University grad. “I’ve known Joey for a long time, and I know his game and how it’s evolved in the past four or five years and he’s such a good player. I grinded and got through that match too, so I’m pretty stoked to take down a couple young studs.”

Quick will now face Grand Canyon University junior Matthew Braley in the Round of 8, after Braley defeated Greg Cesarek 2 & 1 in the Round of 16.

The day’s most thrilling match was won by 2021 San Tan Amateur Champion John Bearrie. He needed 25 holes to eliminate defending champion Jake Chanen in the Round of 32, draining a 15-foot birdie putt to win after Chanen made par.

Just two holes before, Chanen hit his tee shot on the 153-yard par-3 fifth hole to three feet. Bearrie then drained a 30-foot birdie putt to extend the match.

Round of 8 matches begin at 6:30 a.m. off the first tee at the Talon Course. Final Four matches will be contested afterward in the afternoon, with the last two players remaining in field squaring off in Saturday’s Championship Match.

Full leaderboard can be found by clicking here.

News

Round of 32 Set After Day One of Match Play at AZ Amateur

For Immediate Release
August 11, 2021

Contact:

David Bataller
[email protected]
(602) 944-3035


ROUND OF 32 SET AFTER DAY ONE OF MATCH PLAY AT THE 97TH ARIZONA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

12-for-3 playoff starts mammoth day of golf that sees three of the top four seeds advance

 

 SCOTTSDALE – The top four seeds advanced to Thursday’s Round of 32 at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course, following a 25-minute rain delay to start the morning’s play. Stroke Play Qualifying Medalist Joseph Lloyd, two-time winner Jake Chanen, Reece Nilsen and 2019 Champion Evan White all cruised into Match Play Day Two with wins.

“I started out pretty well – I was hitting all the fairways and all the greens on the front nine,” said White, a 1 up winner over Will Evans. “I was making it stress-free on myself, putting the pressure on [Evans], making him have to beat me.”

The top 64 players qualified for Match Play after a two-day Stroke Play Qualifying event, and were then split into four 16-player brackets: Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer and Woods. After the morning rain delay, Rob McIver, Joey Geary and Jeff New survived a 12-player playoff for the final three spots in the Round of 64.

But their respective Arizona Amateur Championships would soon end. McIver ran into a buzzsaw against third-seeded Nilsen, 7 & 5. Geary fell by the same margin against the 2018 and 2020 Champion Chanen. And New fell in a close match to Lloyd, 3 & 2.

“Jeff played great – it was a great match,” said Lloyd, an incoming freshman at the University of Utah. “I played well. I only missed one green all day and had a lot of birdie opportunities.”

The 18-year-old Lloyd is one of nine teenagers to advance to the Round of 32, a strong statement made by the next generation of Arizona Golf. The youngest player in the field, 16-year-old Anawin Pikulthong, was a 6 & 5 winner over Zachary McDermid.

“I had to hit a lot of quality shots – [McDermid] definitely made me work for [the win],” said Pikulthong, an incoming junior at Hamilton High School in Chandler. “I am the youngest, so I definitely don’t have any expectations on myself. I’m just trying to go out and hit good shots and good putts.”

“I got three up through four, and after that I just told myself to try to tie him through most of the holes and try to survive,” said 16-year-old Adam Miller, a 3 & 2 winner over 2021 Arizona Stroke Play Champion Sean O’Donnell. “It’s match play – you’re only playing against one person. You don’t need to worry about the rest of the field.”

Erik Henrikson failed to advance out of the Round of 64, but had the shot of the day: A hole-in-one on the par-3 5th, one-hopping a 132-yard pitching wedge into the bottom of the cup.

Round of 32 matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning, with the winners then turning around and playing their Round of 16 matches Thursday afternoon. Friday sees all Round of 8 and Round of 4 matches, with the last two players remaining in field squaring off in Saturday morning’s Championship Match.

Full match play bracket can be found by clicking here.

News

Lloyd Earns Stroke Play Qualifying Medalist Honors at AZ Am

 

University of Utah-bound star shoots -7 (65) to win stroke play qualifying by two strokes

 

by David Bataller
Director of Communications | Arizona Golf Association

 

SCOTTSDALE – For the second straight year, Scottsdale’s Joseph Lloyd captured the Stroke Play Qualifying portion of the 97th Arizona Amateur Championship Presented by PXG. Lloyd shot a Tuesday-best -7 (65) at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course, building upon Monday’s -4 (68) to sit at -11 overall. Previous Arizona Amateur champions Jake Chanen (2018 and 2020) and Evan White (2019), along with Reece Nilsen, are two strokes back at -9 overall.

Twelve players will participate in a playoff Wednesday morning for the final three spots in the Round of 64.

“I was just trying to stay patient, try to get the [par] fives and give myself looks on the [par] four’s and if they fall, they fall,” said Lloyd, a recent Pinnacle High School graduate who will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Utah. “If I can continue how I’m playing it’s going to be hard to stop me.”

Lloyd carded six birdies and an eagle during his round, with one bogey, to land himself in familiar territory after earning co-medalist honors with Canon Olkowski at Desert Forest Golf Club. But after being eliminated in the Round of 8 the last two Arizona Amateur Championships, Lloyd is looking forward to advancing further in 2021.

“I’ve learned a lot, and I think I’ve grown as a player since last year,” said Lloyd. “There’s a couple of things I’ve tidied up swing-wise, so I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Anawin Pikulthong, who at 16-years-old is the youngest player in the field, and first-round co-leader Ben Lorenz rounded out the top-5 at -8 overall, respectively.

Nilsen and White shot matching -5 (67) rounds Tuesday, each eagling the par-5 14th hole. Nilsen added three birdies on a clean card, while White tallied four birdies and a bogey. Chanen made five birdies in his second round, with a double bogey to card a -3 (69).

But as a two-time champion, Chanen knows it’s a brand-new ballgame starting with Wednesday’s Round of 64 Match Play.

“Last year with Chris, I was down the whole match,” said the defending champion of his Final Match win over Chris Kamin at Desert Forest Golf Club. “I never felt comfortable out there, I never really found my stride at all. And then I really kind of settled in on the last four holes, so that’s the thing: You never really know about Match Play.

“Match Play is completely different. It’s something I’m really comfortable with, because you can be as aggressive as you want and there’s hardly any repercussion.”

After the playoff, all Round of 64 matches will be contested Wednesday. Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches are scheduled for Thursday. Friday sees all Round of 8 and Round of 4 matches, with the last two players remaining in field squaring off in Saturday’s Championship match.

Full leaderboard can be found by clicking here.