Sam Engel is AZ Publinks Champ
LAVEEN VILLAGE, AZ (April 17, 2016)--Sam Engel (-10) made his 36-hole lead stand up winning the AZ Publinks Championship by one over Sean O'Donnell (-9).

Engel began his third round at Aguila Golf Course sharply with two birdies on the front nine and another on No. 10 to reach 12-under. But as the final nine pressure mounted Engel gave one back on 12 and then another on No. 17. With the lead now down to one Engel came through with a final hole par to put a bow on a final day 1-under 70 and secure the title.

O'Donnell applied as much pressure as he could with his final round 3-under 68. Even after seven holes O'Donnell sparked his round with a eagle two on the short 309 yard 8th hole. At that point he was still 8-under and well off the pace but as Engel slipped O'Donnell continued to press with two more birdies and a bogey to finish his round. Alas his rally fell a stroke short as he parred the final hole needing birdie.

With all that said the round of the tournament belonged to Davis Evans (-7) who finished third. Evans began the final 18-holes 1-over but swung his way to an 8-under 63. His round included an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey. Evan did most of his damage during an eight hole stretch from 5-12 when he went 8-under, birding six and registering his eagle.

Eric Ghim (-5) in fourth, Sean McWilliams (-2) and Trey Martin (2) tied for fourth.

ABOUT THE AGA Championship

The AGA Championship is the new tournament title of what was formerly known as the "Arizona Publinks Championship". Following in the USGA's footsteps, which did away with the US Amateur Public Links after 2014, the AGA welcomes all residents of Arizona, with or without an AGA membership, along with members of the Southern Nevada Golf Association, to compete in this AGA Tour Championship event. 54-holes of individual stroke play at gross with max field size of 132 players.

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