Astiazaran wins at home; Cooper prevails in a playoff.
The 27th Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic teed off April 24-25, and local resident Carlos Astiazaran made the best of home-field advantage at Silverbell Golf Course, shooting 1-over 71 in the first round followed by 5-under 65, matching his personal low score in JGAA Boys Championship competition. His second win at the event, Astiazaran also won the Boys 13-14 division in 2019. One stroke behind, Jack Dozer of Phoenix fired rounds of 68-69 to finish in solo-second place. Three strokes of the pace, Noah Nuez, who finished in second place in 2019, came in third place this year at 1-under par (70-69).
In the Girls Championship division, three players finished tied for first place at 6-over-par 146 – Makenzie Cooper (71-75) of Litchfield Park, Alexis Vakasiuola (74-72) of San Tan Valley and Julie Huggins (73-73) of Anthem – before Cooper prevailed with a birdie on Silverbell’s 10th hole, the first playoff hole.
In addition to the Championship divisions, Nicholas Lippe of Chandler (73-73) won the Boys 15-18 division at 6-over-par 146. At El Rio Golf Course Hudson Ross of Scottsdale edged out three players by one stroke to win the Boys 13-14 division at 5-over par (70-75—145). Another home win, Zachary Schaefer of Tucson won the Boys 11-12 Division at 4-under par (33-33—66). And Wesley Weitman of Tucson won the Boys 10 and Under division at 3-over par (35-38—73).
In the Girls 15-18 division contested at Silverbell, Alexis Lamadrid (73-76) of Phoenix placed first at 9-over-par 149. At El Rio in the Girls 13-14 division Rylee Salome of Los Lunas, New Mexico (75-75) took first place at 10-over-par 150. Phoenix’s Hannah Nguyen won the Girls 11-12 division at 11-over par (43-37—81). And Ariela Renee Trejo of Tucson won in the Girls 10 and Under Division 15-over par (43-42—85).
About the Tucson Conquistadores
Since its inception in 1962, the Tucson Conquistadores civic group has raised $29 million for young athletes. The group has an active membership of 200 business and professional men who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. Professional golf has been the primary source for the Conquistadores’ fundraising success. The Conquistadores currently sponsor the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Champions Tour event staged in March. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Pima County Special Olympics, the JGAA and dozens of youth sports teams and events throughout Southern Arizona. To learn more about the Tucson Conquistadores, visit http://www.TucsonConquistadores.com/ or call 520.571.0400.