Pelletier Wins 2023 West Valley Amateur; Wayment and Blau Win Senior, Legends Divisions
WADDELL – In a tournament that was neck-and-neck almost all the way through, it took a two-hole playoff for Ryan Pelletier (-4) to secure the 2023 West Valley Amateur Championship.
“I’m a pretty straight hitter, so this place is awesome for me where I can hit driver,” Pelletier said. “I don’t have to worry about going in the desert and I kind of had two pretty boring days where I hit a ton of greens both days, didn’t make a lot but I tried to keep it as stress free as possible.”
As the lead groups made the turn on Saturday, the top of the leaderboard was still bottlenecked with four players tied for the lead. The biggest threat to Pelletier’s championship was Abe Candelaria, who forced the playoff with a second round 67. On the second playoff hole, Pelletier and Candelaria each shot out of the same greenside bunker, but Pelletier’s shot landed just a couple feet from the pin.
The Senior Division saw Brad Wayment (-6) take the title, holding off Tucson’s Scott Smith (-4). In the Legends Division, no one came close to Tim Blau’s masterful, round two performance. Highlighted by an eagle on the 13th hole and a clean sheet, the Division’s reigning Player of the Year fired a 65 on day two to secure another AGA Championship.
Powell Leads Crowded Leaderboard After One Round At the West Valley Amateur
WADDELL – Charged by a clean front nine, Matt Powell (-4) holds a one-stroke lead after 18 holes at the West Valley Amateur. Powell is joined by Rusty Brown (-3) who leads the Senior Division and Murph Mitchell (-3), leading the Legends Division.
All three division leaders hold narrow leads. In the Open Division, Kaden Larkey (-3) led for much of the day but fell to second with two late-round bogeys. Last year’s Arizona Amateur runner-up, Camden Braidech (-2) is in a three-way tie with Ryan Pelletier and Nick Adduce for the third-place spot.
“(My round) was pretty clean,” Braidech said. “There were a few moments where I lost focus and my iron shots were the main issue. But the rest of the day was pretty solid, kept playing off the tee well, struck the ball well and made some putts- had some 15-footers go in for birdie.”
The two-round tournament concludes tomorrow at Falcon Dunes Golf Course with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m., and the lead group slated to go off at 9:27 a.m.
GREEN, REDMAN WIN ARIZONA SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN IN PLAYOFF
Team needs two playoff holes to beat Maria McBride and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2023
David Bataller, Director of Communications
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MESA – The team of Tammie Green and Michele Redman captured the 2023 Marilynn Smith Arizona Senior Women’s Open Wednesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, needing two playoff holes to outlast the team of Maria McBride and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc. Green and Redman finished -17 overall after a final round -7 (65) in a Fourball format and will take home the $15,000 first prize, the biggest team payout in the event’s $60,000 total purse.
“It’s quite an honor to be here to be able to win this championship against all these great players – we’ve been playing against them for a long time, and we’ve had a lot of fun out there,” said Green, of Somerset, Ohio, and a member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. “We didn’t really get started off very well – we bogeyed the second hole. And then I think we took the cellophane off the hole on number six, and it didn’t look back actually. If I was out of the hole, [Redman] was right there. And we really teamed well.”
“We’re just really comfortable with each other – I think our games are really similar,” said Redman, a two-time LPGA Tour winner from Plymouth, Minn. “We’re both pretty laid back on the golf course. We don’t overanalyze things. We got off to a slow start, but we finished really well. So that was fun.”
Green and Redman came into the final round one shot off the pace after a first-round -10 (60) in the Scramble format. A bogey on the second hole wasn’t the start they were looking for, but four straight birdies from holes six through nine got the team back in contention. They would birdie four of their last five holes, including a crucial birdie on 18 to force a playoff. Both teams made par on hole 10 to start the playoff, but Redman stuck her tee shot on the par 3 11th hole to five feet and drained the birdie putt for the win.
McBride and Meunier-Lebouc recorded the best final-round score of the day, firing a -8 (64) that included an eagle on the 18th hole that gave them the lead in the clubhouse. The team took home $12,000 for finishing in second place.
Danielle Ammaccapane recorded the shot of the day, holing out from just over 200 yards with a five-wood on hole 18 for the first double eagle of her career.
Click Here for the final leaderboard.
|T1||Michele Redman + Tammie Green||-17||F||62||65||127|
|T1||Maria McBride + Patricia Meunier-Lebouc||-17||F||63||64||127|
|T3||Jordan Lintz + Nicole Jeray||-16||F||63||65||128|
|T3||Jackie Gallagher-Smith + Leta Lindley||-16||F||62||66||128|
|5||Barb Moxness + Christa Johnson||-14||F||63||67||130|
|T6||Denise Killeen + Maggie Will||-13||F||61||70||131|
|T6||Jean Bartholomew + Patricia Beliard||-13||F||64||67||131|
|T6||Lisa DePaulo + Sherri Steinhauer||-13||F||63||68||131|
|T9||Ellie Gibson + Lisa Grimes||-12||F||63||69||132|
|T9||Pat Hurst + Wendy Ward||-12||F||64||68||132|
|11||Moira Dunn-Bolhs + Tracy Hanson||-11||F||66||67||133|
|T12||AJ Eathorne + Gail Graham||-10||F||65||69||134|
|T12||Danielle Ammaccapane + Dina Ammaccapane||-10||F*||67||67||134|
|T12||Kim Eaton + Shelly Stouffer||-10||F||63||71||134|
|T15||Ashli Bunch + Karen Noble||-9||F||66||69||135|
|T15||Dana Ebster + Jill McGill||-9||F||62||73||135|
|T15||Hollis Stacy + Martha Leach||-9||F||65||70||135|
|18||Kay Cockerill + Sara Sanders||-7||F*||68||69||137|
|T19||Anne Marie Palli + Cathy Johnston-Forbes||-6||F*||67||71||138|
|T19||Leigh Klasse + Molly Steffes||-6||F||63||75||138|
|T21||Clarissa Childs + Lee Ann Walker||-5||F||66||73||139|
|T21||Evelyn Orley + Liselotte Neumann||-5||F||66||73||139|
|T21||Brandie Burton + Sandra Palmer||-5||F*||67||72||139|
|T21||Cindy Currier + JoAnne Carner||-5||F*||70||69||139|
|T25||Angie Ause + Martha Nause||-4||F*||68||72||140|
|T25||Barb Bunkowsky + Karen Bennett||-4||F*||71||69||140|
|27||Char Carson + Jackie Byrd||-3||F*||70||71||141|
|T28||Cary Kohatsu + Lisa Cornelius||-2||F||66||76||142|
|T28||Corey Weworski + Tina Tombs||-2||F*||68||74||142|
|T30||Jennifer Niebling + Roxanne Fey||-1||F*||70||73||143|
|T30||Mary Ritchie + Paula Weihe||-1||F*||69||74||143|
|T30||Carla Glasgow + Loretta Young||-1||F*||69||74||143|
|T30||Jane Geddes + Patti Rizzo||-1||F*||70||73||143|
|34||Marci DuBois + Sarah Ingram||E||F*||72||72||144|
|T35||Cindy Pallatino + Michelle Estill||+1||F*||67||78||145|
|T35||Robin Krapfl + Shannon Mason||+1||F*||69||76||145|
|37||Joy Bonhurst + Linda Nevatt||+3||F*||70||77||147|
|38||Claudia Pilot + Mary Sue Kuhlmann||+7||F*||71||80||151|
|39||Heather Risk + Le Ann Finger||+8||F*||77||75||152|
|40||Beth Rubin + Kore Grate||+24||F*||81||87||168|
KILLEEN, WILL (-11) LEAD AFTER 1ST ROUND OF ARIZONA SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN
Duo makes six birdies in seven holes on back nine for one stroke lead heading into final round
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2023
David Bataller, Director of Communications
(602) 944-3035 | [email protected]
MESA – Denise Killeen and partner Maggie Will took the first-round lead of the 2023 Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open Tuesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa to take a one-shot lead in Wednesday’s final round. Playing in a scramble format for the first round, Killeen and Will made 11 birdies on a clean scorecard for a 61, finishing ahead of three teams at -10 (60). The final round will be played in a Fourball format.
“Denise was great – that backside we shot 30, and we had a lot of good shots and didn’t make the putts starting out the first few holes,” said Will, a three-time LPGA Tour winner and longtime Tour veteran. “But then we got the speed down and it started rolling along. And we had great playing partners – they were playing well.”
The teams of Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Leta Lindley; Dana Ebster and Jill McGill; and Michele Redman and Tammie Green are all one shot behind Killeen and Will, with each team recording clean scorecards. Another seven teams sit one shot behind tied for fifth, setting the stage for an exciting final round.
Named for LPGA Co-Founder Marilynn Smith, the Arizona Senior Women’s Open brought out 80 of the country’s best professional and amateur players, competing for a $15,000 first prize and $60,000 total purse. The second-place team will take home $12,000, with third place winning $10,000.
The public is invited out to Longbow Golf Club to watch Wednesday’s final round free of charge. Click Here for a live leaderboard and final round pairings.
Kamin Wins Another Major at the AGA Championship
Laveen, Ariz. – Fresh off receiving his 2022 Player of the Year hardware, Chris Kamin (71-70-64-67) secured the AGA’s first major of the year by adding the AGA Championship to his résumé. Kamin fired -16 over four days at Aguila Golf Course and overcame a two-shot deficit headed into the final round to secure the win.
Kamin climbed the leaderboard during round three and had the course staff on course-record watch, as he shot 64 in a round that featured his second eagle of the week on hole eight. Kamin, who carded a 67 on Sunday, and defending champion Brian Blanchard were tied for most of the final round; the tie was broken when Blanchard recorded a bogey on 16.
Dating back to last year, Kamin has now captured wins in five of the last six AGA tournaments he played in: Arizona Stroke Play, Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship, Northern Amateur, Players Cup Championship and AGA Championship; four of those are AGA majors.
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