Final Eight Advance to Set Up Thrilling Finish to AZ Am
For Immediate Release
August 12, 2021
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.
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