The 97th Arizona Amateur teed off August 9-14 at Grayhawk’s Talon Course, with 10 JGAA members and alumni filling the top 13 spots after the 36-hole, stroke play qualifier. Joseph Lloyd shot -11 (68-65) to take the No. 1 seed. Two strokes behind, Jake Chanen and Reece Nilsen tied for second. Anawin Pikulthong and Ben Lorenz tied for fifth place, Cade Anderson came in T7 while Jonathan Walters, Charlie Palmer, Jonathan Curran and Cameron Barzekoff all tied for ninth place.
In match play, Lloyd, bound for University of Utah in the fall, moved through the Hogan bracket with 3&2 and 19-hole wins before exiting in the Round of 16 versus Austin Quick, former Sun Devil and JGAA alum (2005-2011) who went down in the semifinals to eventual runner-up, Evan White.
Tucson’s Reece Nielson, JGAA alum currently playing for Northern Illinois University, posted four wins until eventual champion, Kristoffer Marshall, ended his run in the semifinals. In the match before, it took Marshall 19 holes to edge out Carl Miltun, JGAA alum and current member of the Missouri University of Science and Technology men’s golf team.
Anawin Pikulthong, current JGAA member and youngest player in the field at 16, won 6&5 and 2&1, before exiting in the quarterfinals versus White, who also topped JGAA member Cameron Barzekoff in his prior Round-of-16 match.
View this post on Instagram
University of Oklahoma’s Ben Lorenz – who recently played a big role in the Sooner’s runner-up finish on Raptor at the 2021 NCAA Golf Championships – posted a 4&3 win along with a marathon 21-hole victory before exiting in the Round of 16.
Although the JGAA contingent made a valiant run, 41-year-old Marshall earned the championship.
“I’m here, and I’m thrilled to be here,” said Marshall at trophy presentation. “There were a couple times in matches when I wasn’t sure we’d get here. And then there were some really good glimmers of hope that showed I have just as much game sometimes. So we’re here, and I’m happy.”