Lampson Dominates Back Nine in Arizona Stroke Play Championship Win at Grayhawk – Raptor
By Brianna Gianiorio
Trevor Lampson recorded four consecutive rounds under par en route to his first AGA major victory, capturing the Arizona Stroke Play Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course Sunday.
With a bogey-free 5-under 31 back nine, Lampson, 23, capped play with the lowest 9-hole score of the championship, finishing -13 overall to edge Hayes Dupree by three shots.
“I had been hitting the ball good all week, and then today I started off slow,” said Lampson, a Gilbert native, and Grand Canyon University standout. “I really had to turn it on the back 9. I got some momentum going on 10. I just kind of rolled from there. Made quite a few putts on the back to keep the flow going.”
Gabriel Salvanera turned in a 4-under 68 to finish 6-under in third. Mitchell Holmes recorded a final-round 71 to finish his last tournament as an amateur at 5-under.
Following rounds of 70-69-68, Lampson entered the final round at -9, two shots clear of Dupree and four shots clear of Holmes and Chris Kamin. That set the stage for Lampson and Dupree to go toe-to-toe the entire final round.
With an early birdie on the par-4 2nd, Dupree sat just one back of the lead. Lampson then dropped into a tie with Dupree with a bogey on 6. After the co-leaders both bogeyed the par-4 6th, Dupree recorded two consecutive birdies to emerge into his first lead through nine. Kamin, meanwhile, turned in a 3-under 33 on the front nine to trail by just three shots.
But then Lampson pushed the pedal to the metal after the turn. He opened the final nine with a deep 45-foot putt for birdie followed by another birdie on 11. Dupree’s bogey on 10 meant Lampson was back in the lead, and he wouldn’t look back.
“Dupree played really good today – especially on the back 9, he was matching all the birdies I was making,” Lampson said. “I’d make a good putt for birdie and he’d make it right on top of me.
“This victory means a lot. I’ve been playing this event for quite a while now, so it’s really nice to finally get the win.”
This marks the two-time Arizona Amateur Quarterfinalist’s first AGA victory. Lampson plans on returning to school for an extra year of eligibility due to a shortened spring season from COVID-19.
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