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Carlson, Horn, Wayment and Peterson Win Southern Am Titles

By: Kade Peterson
USGA P.J Boatwright Jr, Communications Intern

Four champions were crowned in the Arizona Southern Amateur at the Gallery Golf Club’s North Course in Tucson, played June 26-27. Jake Carlson (Open), Charlie Horn (Legends), Brad Wayment (Seniors) and Paige Peterson (Masters) took home silverware in their respective divisions.

Carlson posted scores of 72-67 to finish at -5 overall, two shots clear of Reece Nilsen. He made eight birdies in his final round, crediting sticking to his game plan for coming through with the win.

“I just had to commit – let it go and not second guess myself,” said Carlson. “I played to the course and hit the shots needed.”

Carlson rattled off three straight birdies on 15 through 17 on Sunday, and watched eagerly as the final groups came in without a score matching his -5.
“This win means a lot, it’s a confidence builder for sure,” said Carlson. “A lot of good players in the field, so it’s awesome. It’s been a while.”

Horn slept on the lead after an opening round -1 (71), and followed up with an even-par 72 to finish three strokes ahead of Frank Ellenburg. He credited consistent play for coming out on top of the leaderboard.

“I hit probably 16 greens each day,” said Horn. “So I didn’t make a lot of putts but I made a lot of pars. Just one double bogey. Other than that it was pretty clean.”
Horn made seven birdies throughout the two-day tournament and was able to limit his mistakes on the North Course, becoming his recipe for victory.

“In our age group it’s nice to compete against the guys you have played with for 30-40 years,” Horn said. “Anybody can win, so I just feel fortunate it was my turn.”

In the Senior Division, Wayment shot 72-74 to finish two shots ahead of Marc Apps. Wayment said ball striking was a key to playing good golf.

“The first day I hit a lot of fairways and greens,” said Wayment. “It was very difficult to read these greens and make putts, but I hit the ball really well.”

The second day played a little more difficult, but Wayment played his final nine holes in even par, including a birdie on 17, to secure his win.
“I didn’t hit it as well, but I was able to make a couple more putts,” said Wayment. “Getting at some of those pins was pretty difficult.”

Finally, Peterson earned the win in the Masters division after posting consecutive 74’s, with his +4 overall good enough to finish one shot ahead of Eric Goldapske and Scott Smith. Peterson began the second round three shots behind Smith, and made the turn five strokes behind, before turning things around on the back nine.

“The key to success was not giving up,” Peterson said. “I hit the ball well today, I didn’t miss a fairway and only missed two greens.”

He played the last nine hole stretch in one under par, making par on 18 where Smith made bogey to win by one.

“On a course like this with the desert in play you just have to commit to your shot, commit to your lines,” said Peterson.

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