Scottsdales Braxton Marquez Wins 67th Arizona Open

(Superstition Mountain, Ariz.) June 18, 2011 —Scottsdale’s Braxton Marquez, 23, came back from a two-stroke deficit to win the 2011 Arizona Open at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club’s Prospector Course on June 18. He finished at 13-under par in the 54-hole event, which celebrated its 67th year of competition and is sponsored by the Southwest Section PGA.

Former PGA Tour player and Arizona State star Todd Demsey of Scottsdale, who won the 1998 Arizona Open, was runner up at 10-under. Jerrett Hamamoto,

the 36-hole leader, and Eric Johnson, both of Chandler, tied for third at 9-under. Scottsdale residents Dave Yarnes and Paul Trittler tied for fifth, five strokes behind Marquez, who earned $7,500.

A year ago at the 2010 Arizona Open at Desert Mountain’s Apache Course, Marquez finished third at 13-under par, a few strokes behind champion Kendall Critchfield.

The former Horizon High School and Scottsdale Community College player competed in 19 events over three seasons at Arizona State and qualified for the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Previously a hockey player, Marquez didn’t start playing competitive golf until his freshman year in high school.

Marquez entered the third and final round two strokes behind leader Hamamoto, but he shot the day’s low round of 67 to win the state’s second longest running professional event behind the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Marquez posted scores of 68 and 68 the first two days.

“It was just consistent golf,” said Marquez. “Lately, the golf swing started clicking. The greens were perfect. I love the course. The course was in great shape. I just had the speed of the greens all weekend. I just tried to hit fairways and greens and make putts. I knew they would drop. Today I had no bogeys; that was a big thing. It put pressure on everyone else.”

Marquez birdied the second, eighth, 14th, 17th and 18th holes. He took the lead with a par on the 11th, at which Hamamoto had a double-bogey.

Hamamoto shot a final round 1-over 73.

“I just didn’t make any putts today,” said Hamamoto. “It went great the first two days, and it just didn’t go today.”

Hamamoto bogeyed the third hole and two-putted the 18th for par, but the double-bogey on the 11th was too much to overcome.

Curt Byrum, the 2009 winner who’s a Golf Channel analyst and former PGA professional, finished ninth at 6-under 210.
Jeremy DeFalco of Tucson was the low amateur, tying for 22nd at even-par 216.

“I scored better than I played. Let’s put it that way,” DeFalco said. “I putted pretty well, but I did not make the shots that I wanted to.”

1 Round /2 Round /3 Round /Total /Winnings
1st Braxton Marquez Scottsdale, AZ 68 68 67 203 $7,500.00
2nd Todd Demsey Scottsdale, AZ 67 70 69 206 $4,000.00
3rd Eric Johnson Chandler, AZ 68 72 67 207 $1,950.00
Jarett Hamamoto Chandler, AZ 66 68 73 207 $1,950.00
5th Dave Yarnes Scottsdale, AZ 73 69 66 208 $1,225.00
Paul Trittler Scottsdale, AZ 68 72 68 208 $1,225.00
7th Barry Conser Phoenix, AZ 69 72 68 209 $1,025.00
Kevin O’Connell Fort Worth, TX 69 72 68 209 $1,025.00
9th Curt Byrum Scottsdale, AZ 74 69 67 210 $950.00
10th Cory Powell Mesa, AZ 69 72 70 211 $862.50
Charlie Beljan Mesa, AZ 70 72 69 211 $862.50
Paul Nolen Marana, AZ 69 72 70 211 $862.50
Craig Hocknull Gilbert, AZ 72 67 72 211 $862.50
14th Tim McKenney Scottsdale, AZ 71 73 68 212 $762.50
David Dragoo Phoenix, AZ 75 68 69 212 $762.50
Mike Derminio Scottsdale, AZ 70 71 71 212 $762.50
Greg Bruckner Phoenix, AZ 71 70 71 212 $762.50
18th Joe Penaflor Phoenix, AZ 72 73 68 213 $700.00
19th Jon Chaffee Scottsdale, AZ 71 72 71 214 $662.50
Marty Jertson Phoenix, AZ 71 75 68 214 $662.50
21st Luke Hemelstrand Mesa, AZ 71 72 72 215 $625.00
22nd Jeremy DeFalco (A) Tucson, AZ 75 70 71 216 $0.00
Rich Elias Sahuarita, AZ 71 73 72 216 $587.50
Michael Hopper Phoenix, AZ 74 69 73 216 $587.50
25th Richard Saferian Tucson, AZ 71 74 72 217 $540.00
Camron Howell (A) Queen Creek, AZ 76 69 72 217 $0.00
Devin Daniels Phoenix, AZ 71 74 72 217 $540.00
Jeff Yurkiewicz Scottsdale, AZ 74 67 76 217 $540.00
29th Christopher Shoop Queen Creek, AZ 72 73 73 218 $505.00
Chris Dompier Tucson, AZ 71 75 72 218 $505.00
Don Littrell Tucson, AZ 70 76 72 218 $505.00
Bobby Pancratz Chandler, AZ 70 73 75 218 $505.00
33rd Ross Farley Yuma, AZ 71 73 75 219 $450.00
Christopher Peterson Gilbert, AZ 70 74 75 219 $450.00
Wade Dunagan Tucson, AZ 69 75 75 219 $450.00
Matt Record (A) Phoenix, AZ 75 69 75 219 $0.00
Greg Avant Chandler, AZ 76 70 73 219 $450.00
Don Yrene Scottsdale, AZ 73 74 72 219 $450.00
Dalen Linnerson Tempe, AZ 75 72 72 219 $450.00
Will Newman Queen Creek, AZ 71 77 71 219 $450.00
41st Danny Edwards Scottsdale, AZ 73 72 75 220 $400.00
Brent Baylon (A) Phoenix, AZ 71 75 74 220 $0.00
Ryan Sperry Goodyear, AZ 73 74 73 220 $400.00
Brandon Smith Tucson, AZ 71 76 73 220 $400.00
45th Jacob Low Gilbert, AZ 75 72 74 221 $375.00
Adam Brigham Phoenix, AZ 71 77 73 221 $375.00
47th Jason Witczak Phoenix, AZ 73 71 78 222 $350.00
Dennis Downs Surprise, AZ 73 72 77 222 $350.00
49th Travis Childress Gilbert, AZ 76 70 77 223 $332.50
Nick Travers Cave Creek, AZ 71 77 75 223 $332.50
51st Tim Matthews Scotts, MI 75 72 77 224 $325.00
Charlie Marusiak (A) Phoenix, AZ 72 75 77 224 $0.00
Ted Neville (A) Tucson, AZ 76 72 76 224 $0.00
54th Jake Golembiewski Chandler, AZ 73 73 79 225 $317.50

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