Kamin, Weworski Capture AGA Mid-Am Titles
By: Brandon Genson, AGA Communications Manager
MARICOPA, Ariz.– After a weekend of competition in record-setting temperatures at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course, Chris Kamin and Corey Weworski prevailed as the 2022 Mid-Am Champions. Kamin was the only player to shoot under par-72 (70-66-67-70) in all four rounds and finished with an outstanding gross score of -15. Weworski finished +5 and posted a second round score of 74 (+2), which marked the field’s best round two performance.
On the men’s side, Kamin took the lead late during round two and never looked back. Despite the brutal heat, Kamin seemed to improve as the days went on and steamrolled the competition; he built an 11-stroke margin between him and second place finisher, Sean O’Donnell. Through 72 holes, he recorded a whopping 18 birdies.
“I’ve played well here. Sometimes not so well, but I’ve had a lot of success on this golf course and liked it,” Kamin said. “I hit a lot of greens, a lot of fairways and holed enough putts to get a win.”
Although Kamin’s final score makes it hard to believe he ever trailed, he spent the first day and a half chasing groupmate Kurt Watkins, who carded a 66 on day one with five birdies on the front nine and an eagle on 14. Watkins, Josh Fickes and Brad Wayment all held the lead at one point during a hectic round two, but Kamin shot a bogey-free round to claim the top spot at day’s end.
Going into round three, Kamin held just a one-stroke lead over Wayment, but remained unphased as high temperatures took a toll on the field and went into the final day with a seven-stroke lead.
O’Donnell, the reigning Arizona Golf Association Player of the Year, shot -3 in each of the final two rounds to climb the leaderboard for his second place finish. O’Donnell and Brian Blanchard (-2) were the only two players besides Kamin to shoot under par for the tournament.
For Kamin, he adds another Kachina to his mantle, as this is his second major win in a row after winning the 2022 Arizona Stroke Play Championship in April, where he also dominated with a nine-stroke victory.
The women’s championship was decided by one stroke on the 18th hole.
Coming into the second and final round, Weworski trailed the day-one leader, Tori Totlis, by two strokes. To make matters even more tense, Weworski and Totlis were groupmates and watched each other create separation from the field and become the clear-cut leaders.
A playoff loomed as the pair rode their carts to the final hole with a tied score, but Weworski narrowly avoided a playoff and edged out Totlis by one stroke. Although she did the live scoring for her group, the win even came as a surprise to Weworski; she was more focused on her own game than Totlis’s score. Because she had to fight out of a bunker on 18, she did not watch Totlis’s final hole and figured she had lost the tournament.
Weworski’s second round featured three birdies on the first 11 holes; she credited a tweak in her short game as the difference maker and said that watching Totlis throughout the rounds helped her make the winning adjustment.
“I didn’t putt very well yesterday, but I watched Tori and kind of adjusted my putter and it really paid off today. I played a lot better, I made a few more putts.” Weworski said.
Mari Miezwa, who won the first two Mid-Am Women’s titles in 2020 and 2021, finished in sixth place. After a tough round one score of 84, she recovered on day two by carding a 75 in round two and finishing +15 overall.
By winning the Mid-Am, Weworski checked winning a tournament in Arizona off of her bucket list and looks forward to playing in next month’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in Anchorage, Alaska.