Barzekoff Picks Up AGA Championship Victory
By Brianna Gianiorio
LAVEEN, ARIZ- Cameron Barzekoff shot a final-round 69 Sunday at Aguila Golf Course to overtake second-round leader Jacob Letman and win the 2021 AGA Championship by two strokes. Barzekoff combined his opening-round 69 and second-round 70 to finish 2-under 208 for the tournament, the only player under par for the weekend.
“This win means a lot – this is my first tournament since early November,” the first-time AGA Major winner said. “I took a long, long time off – just been working on my game. I have not won a tournament since maybe this past summer.”
Evan Chien turned in the low round of the day, an impressive 3-under 67 to finish tied for second with reigning AGA Player of the Year Bryan Hoops at even-par.
Prevailing through rain, wind and cold weather during the first two rounds of the championship, Letman was the only player to record both rounds under par. Entering the final round 3-under, Letman started the day with a narrow one-shot lead ahead of Adam Walicki and a two-shot lead ahead of Barzekoff.
Barzekoff, a 20-year-old Las Vegas resident, found himself one behind the lead after he birdied the first hole. When Letman and Walicki turned in bogeys on the par-4 5th hole, Barzekoff jumped into his first lead of the tournament. After a birdie on hole 8, Barzekoff made the turn with a 1-under 34, two shots ahead of Hoops and Zach Smith.
It was an up-and-down back nine for Barzekoff, who still managed to hold the lead through the final stretch. He recorded two bogeys and a birdie on his first five holes to drop his lead to one. It was a clutch eagle on hole 15 that made for his two-shot win..
“Today it was a little bit more wayward off the tee, I made some clutch holes coming in, like the eagle and 15,” Barzekoff said. “I think I went driver driver off the deck and then made a 30-foot for eagle. That was what kept me kind of in the tournament.”
He finished out his final three holes bogey, birdie, bogey to claim the win.With tough hole locations and weather, he was the only player to turn in three rounds of par or better.
“I didn’t have much confidence coming into the greens this week after the first two rounds,”he said. “Trusting your line is probably the biggest thing – a couple of my longer putts I trusted and I happened to make a few when they counted.”
This marks Barzekoff’s first tournament and win of his 2021 amateur season. The champion gave up D1 college golf at Boise State University to return back home to Las Vegas after his father was diagnosed with cancer but hopes to return to college golf soon.
“I played two years there (at BSU). I decided to come home for my father’s health in Vegas- he has been battling cancer for the last two and a half years, so I wanted to come closer to him and hopefully I’ll be on UNLV’s roster next semester.”
2021 marks the 32nd year of the AGA Championship since its inception in 1989. Formerly known as the AZ Publinks, the Championship is one of seven championships conducted by the Arizona Golf Association. Held over a three-day period, the 54-hole event with a cut after 36 holes, is the first AGA Championship of the year. The next Championship is the Arizona Stroke Play Championship hosted by Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course set for April 22-25, 2021.
Create Your GHIN Digital Profile: A Step by Step Guide 2021
Step by Step Guide: Create Your GHIN Digital Profile
Effective January 11th, 2021, USGA-GHIN has new login requirements for GHIN.com and Updated GHIN Mobile app, referred to as a Digital Profile. This means, in order to post your scores on ghin.com or the GHIN Mobile App this season, you will need to create a Digital Profile. Follow this step-by-step guide to create yours if you haven’t already.
STEP 1 – To create a Digital Profile on GHIN.com or the GHIN Mobile App, first click the CREATE PROFILE button displayed on the login page:
STEP 2 – You will then be asked to provide two of three pieces of information to verify your GHIN account. The information that can be used to verify your account are Email Address, GHIN Number, and Last Name:
STEP 3 – Enter two of the three pieces of information required and click VERIFY:
STEP 4 – You will see a confirmation page that informs you that an email has been sent to the email address of your GHIN account:
STEP 5 – Click the link in the email to create your profile and set a password:
STEP 6 – The link will open a page to create your profile. It will display your name, email address, and have fields to set your password. (NOTE: Passwords must be at least 6 characters)
STEP 8 – Once completed, you will see a pop up notifying you that you have successfully created your profile:
You can now log in to GHIN.com and the GHIN Mobile App using your email and set password.
Still have questions? Contact AGA Senior Director of USGA Services, Derek McKenzie at [email protected]
Strong Field Set for 2020 Patriot All-America Presented By Valley Toyota Dealers
13 Top-100, 29 Too-200 in WAGR to compete for Authentic Air Force Jacket, F-35 Trophy
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – The 10-year anniversary of the Patriot All-America, presented by Valley Toyota Dealers, is proud to announce a standout field set to compete December 27-31, 2020, at Wigwam Golf Club. The 54-hole stroke play event features 84 of the world’s most elite amateur golfers from top programs including Pepperdine, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Baylor and Vanderbilt.
Noah Norton, a senior standout at Georgia Tech, returns to defend his 2019 title. Norton is joined by fellow former champions Mason Overstreet from the University of Arkansas (2017) and Isaiah Jackson from the University of Memphis (2018), each attempting to become the first player to win two Patriot All-America titles.
The dynamic field is comprised of PING All-Americans from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA in the collegiate ranks; American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americans; and a member from each U.S. Military Academy. 29 of the world’s top-200 golfers will compete for the coveted F-35 trophy on the 31st of December.
Top-100 golfers in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, as of December 27, 2020, include:
NAME| SCHOOL| WAGR Ranking
Mason Andersen, Arizona State – 94
Puwit Anupansuebsai, San Diego State – 71
Sam Choi, None – 33
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota – 41
Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame – 90
Yuxin Lin, Florida – 16
Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State – 62
Noah Norton, Georgia Tech – 43
David Perkins, Illinois State – 34
Turk Pettit, Clemson – 79
Jackson Suber, Ole Miss – 82
Patrick Welch, Oklahoma – 92
Trevor Werbylo, Arizona – 50
The Patriot All-America honors fallen or severely wounded soldiers in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The golfers receive a golf bag donated by PING Corporation at the event’s opening ceremony emblazoned with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. Participants also receive a card with the soldier’s story so they can be familiar with that soldier.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags are shipped to players’ schools and auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The Patriot All-America is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, Golf Coaches Association of America, JDM Partners and the West Valley Mavericks in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation and support from the Thunderbirds, the Waste Management Phoenix Open host.
About The Patriot All-America Invitational
Featuring golf’s stars of tomorrow, The Patriot All-America is regarded as a top amateur event nationally, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States. The Arizona Golf Association (AGA), JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the tournament. For more information visit patriotallamerica.com.
About Wigwam Golf Club
The Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort, with 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Gold Course has hosted many signature tournaments over the years, including numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational, one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,430 yard, par 72 track has also received various industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including being named one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America.” In December 2009, The Wigwam (including the golf courses and resort property) was purchased by JDM Partners, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo. For more information, please visit www.wigwamgolf.com.
About Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.
About Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA’s mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
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