Amateur roundup: Petefish wins Arizona Stroke Play

Christopher Petefish

Christopher Petefish

(This roundup is compiled by Ben Larsen of amateurgolf.com)

Pardon Christopher Petefish if he looked more relieved than jubilant in the aftermath of his big victory in the Arizona Stroke Play Championship on Sunday. Petefish, a Scottsdale Christian Academy junior, blew a three-shot lead on the final hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course, then emerged victorious from a three-hole, sudden-death playoff over Cory Bacon.

Petefish, who had trailed Bacon by one shot entering the final round on the Champions Course at the TPC Scottsdale, closed with a 4-over-par 74 for a winning total of 2-over 282. Bacon, 23, a recent graduate of the Colorado School of Mines who works as a club designer at Ping, carded a final-round 75.

Petefish’s bogey on the third playoff hole was good enough, as Bacon needed two shots to get out of a bunker en route a triple-bogey 7 – the same score that that Petefish had absorbed on the 72nd hole.

“I’m just thankful that I won the playoff,” Petefish, a Georgia Tech commit, said. “Obviously, if it hadn’t worked out that way I’d have been kicking myself."

Only three players among the 65 who had made the cut managed to break par on the final day. Tyler Kertson, a senior at Brophy Prep, shot the days’s best round (67) to finish third at 3 over par. Kertson will play college golf for Santa Clara.

Bacon made birdies at Nos. 15 and 17 to get within three shots of the lead. Petefish fanned a 3-wood into a desert bush at the dangerous, water-guarded 18th, then failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, to force sudden death.

“In hindsight, I should have hit 4-iron and laid up, even if that meant making bogey, because I still would have won (by two shots),” Petefish said.

“But you learn from your mistakes, and I’m just happy that it all worked out and I won the tournament.”

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BURDA WINS SENIORS MASTERS: Jeff Burda completed a consistently impressive performance with a final-round 72 to win the 2013 Society of Seniors Masters at Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Burda, a Modesto, Calif., resident, entered the final round tied atop the leaderboard thanks to rounds of 70-73 on Tuesday and Wednesday. His final-round 72 was enough to remain two shots ahead of runner-up Chris Maletis, who shot a final-round 70.

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TOP JUNIOR WINS ROSEVILLE CITY TITLE: Cameron Champ fired 139 (69-70) to take the top prize at the 2013 Roseville (Calif.) City Championship held at Woodcreek Golf Club.

Champ, No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and a 2013 Texas A&M signee, won by four shots over Juan Gonzalez (71-72) and Brad Carrico (75-68).

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CROCKETT-SMITH TEAM WINS CHAMPIONS CUP: Dan Crockett and Parker Smith play golf together to have fun, but whatever their recipe for success is, it definitely worked in their favor at the Champions Cup Invitational. And what isn't fun about shooting a 10-under-par 61 in a windy second round when the next best score is a 68, and your partner (Smith) makes 8 birdies?

At the halfway point of the 72-hole event they had a seven-shot lead, and despite a third-round 63 by the venerable Nevada duo of Kevin Marsh and Brady Exber -- who have had their name on the Champions Cup trophy for three of the past four years -- Crockett and Smith kept their seven-stroke cushion heading into the final round by posting a 65 of their own.

Crockett, 44, from Nashville, Tenn., and Smith, 36, from Morristown, Tenn., flirted with the tournament record, and put the tournament out of reach from Marsh and Exber (or anyone else) as they got to 22 under through 12 holes Sunday. The only thing left to determine was if Crockett and Smith would break or match the tournament record of 25 under, and while that didn't happen (they ended up at 21 under) the victory was what they cared about.

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BAN LEADS ALAMEDA COMMUTERS: It’s been quite the successful season for the Cal golf team. Shotaro Ban is continuing that by taking the 36-hole lead at the Alameda Commuters, which concludes this weekend. Ban posted a second-round 67 and leads by two shots after two rounds at the Earl Fry Course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

Cal’s Andrew Morgan (69-69), Hayden Shieh (70-68) and Ryan Sloane (67- 71) are all tied for second place --- two shots behind the leader.

Isaiah Salinda, who reached the championship match of last month's San Francisco City Championship, is alone in fifth place after rounds of 71-68 while leader Shotaro Ban's younger brother Shintaro (70-70) is four back.

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