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Arizona Stroke Play: Rosen's Solid Comeback Nets Title

PHOENIX (December 4, 2005) -- Matt Rosen, a sophomore at Scottsdale Community College, shot a four-under 67 overcoming a three-stroke deficit en route to claiming the 32nd Arizona Stroke Play Championship by two shoots over ASU’s Lenny Park at the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain. Rosen finished the Championship at six-under 276.

Rosen (Tucson) started the day going five under through the first five holes that was sparked by a hole in one on the 137-yard par 3 second hole. He followed that with bogeys on the sixth and eight holes to finish the font nine three-under par. On the back nine, he missed a number of short birdie putts and finally sunk one on the 17th hole, ultimately giving him a comfortable margin heading to the 18th.

“This is the biggest day of my life,” a victorious Rosen said. “It means so much to me to have my name on the same trophy as Ken Kellaney, who is such a great amateur player and to be associated with Dr. Ed Updegraff, who is from Tucson Country Club and means so much to the game.

“It felt like I shot 59. I had good birdie looks nine through18 with nothing more than 20 feet. My whole goal today was to not make bogeys. My putter felt good. I was hitting the ball well all week. Five minutes before I left the range I figured something out and I said trust it.”

Park, who started the day with a three-shot lead, struggled with his long irons and finished alone in second having posted a one-under 71and four-under 278 for the Championship. A concillatory Park was disappointed with his long iron play, but was generally pleased that this his potentially last AGA major ended with a second place finish.

“I started with a birdie and didn’t play that badly,” he said. “He (Matt) played really well and deserved the victory. I’m pretty happy with how I played and having finished fourth last year, this is really good.”

Rosen’s ace, which proved to be a key factor in his win, held special meaning as it was his first hole in one since recently turning 21.

“The cool part is now I can buy everyone a drink,” he said. “I had 124 to the hole and 116 to carry the bunker - not a full pitching wedge. The ball went a little right of the pin and then it drew in. I was off the ground.”

Earlier this year, Rosen reached the Sweet 16 at the Arizona Amateur, losing to good friend Brian Prouty, who went on to reach the championship match. He also placed first at The Medalist in Fountain Hills and the Phoenix College Invitational.

Robin McCool (Bethelham, PA), the 2004 Arizona Public Links champion, was one of two players who had a five-under 66 for the low round of the day, which moved him up to sole possession of third place with a three-under 279. Last year, he finished the tournament in fifth place.

Bryan Hoops (Chandler), the winner of the Arizona Mid-Amateur, started the day two shots behind Park and finished four strokes behind Rosen shooting a one-over 72. His seven-under 63 at Lone Tree Golf Club on Friday gave him a one-shot lead over Park going into the weekend.

“Overall it has been a great year and I’ve played really well,” Hoops said. “Today was a blah round. I didn’t hit the irons as well as I have been and the 12-13 footers weren’t dropping like they have the last few days. It took me until the backside to get it going.

He played the front nine at two-over par and then got it back to even with birdies on 12 and 15.

“Coming down the back stretch, I knew to have a chance I needed to get it going. On the 17th (593-yard par 5) I tried to step it up and make three, but I ended up with a six. I just got going a little to late.

Defending champion Ken Kellaney (Phoenix) shot a two-under 69 and finished five strokes off the pace alone in fifth. Former champions Chad Hossack (Gilbert) finished tied for 16th and
Mark Sollenger finished tied for 25th.

Hossack, who did not defend his title in 2001, because he enlisted in the army following Sept 11, stated that he was just happy to be back playing competitive golf and brings with him a new perspective.

“It’s good to play a tournament again,” he said. “Once you win it you figure you can win it every time and it just takes a lot of work to make that happen. I was a bit rusty and the mental process I took for granted. It takes a lot to pull the trigger each time.

“I take golf for what it is,” he said. “I love the game, but I know there are other things more important then getting angry when I miss those bad shots. It’s probably added years to my life. It’s more fun now and I just take it in stride.”

2005 marked the 10th consecutive year the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain has hosted the Arizona Stroke Play Championship, a 72-hole, walking only Arizona Golf Association major. Bryce Fisher was the last Scottsdale Community College player to win the Stroke Play. He did it in 2001.

To find out more information about the Raven's 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament and auction on Monday, Dec. 12 Click Here. A limited number of spots are available and AGA Members Receive a Special Rate by contacting Ryan Barmore at 602-304-3720.

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Final results from the Arizona Golf Association Stroke Play Championship, played at The Raven GC @ South Mountain and Lone Tree GC:

Pos Name Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Total GC
1 ROSEN, MATT 71 70 68 67 276 Raven
2 PARK, LENNY 69 67 70 72 278 Raven
3 MCCOOL, ROBIN 70 71 72 66 279 Raven
4 HOOPS, BRYAN 72 63 73 72 280 Raven
5 KELLANEY, KENNETH 68 70 74 69 281 Raven
6 CAUGHLAN, RYAN 70 68 71 73 282 Raven
6 WEISS, ERIC 76 65 69 72 282 Raven
8 KATAYAMA, YU 70 72 70 72 284 Raven
9 WARREN, NICK 71 70 71 73 285 Raven
9 KESSLER, CHRIS 72 70 70 73 285 Raven
9 BROWN, TRENT 76 67 76 66 285 Raven
12 MORRISON, RICH 72 70 70 75 287 Raven
12 CELIO-ELIA, CHRIS 72 65 73 77 287 Raven
14 SCHACK, JAKE 73 69 73 73 288 LoneTree
14 BROWN, MORGAN 73 71 70 74 288 LoneTree
16 BETH, TIM 77 70 69 73 289 LoneTree
16 FRANKLIN, RICHARD 75 69 72 73 289 LoneTree
16 HOSSACK, CHAD 69 73 77 70 289 LoneTree
19 WILLITS, SCOTT 78 71 69 73 291 LoneTree
19 RUTLEDGE, MATT 73 70 74 74 291 LoneTree
19 PETERSON, PAIGE 72 77 66 76 291 LoneTree
19 DUFFEY, TIM 72 72 73 74 291 LoneTree
23 GEDEON, GUY 73 72 72 75 292 LoneTree
23 HALL, DUSTIN 76 72 73 71 292 LoneTree
23 DOGIL, TOMEK 72 72 76 73 292 LoneTree
23 THONVOLD, CHASE 76 70 74 72 293 LoneTree
27 LOFTIS, JERRY 74 75 72 72 293 LoneTree
27 CHOE, BEN 77 70 73 73 293 LoneTree
27 AYDELOTTE, SCOTT 72 74 71 76 293 LoneTree
27 WARREN, STEVE 77 73 69 74 293 LoneTree
27 SOLLENBERGER, MARK 74 72 71 76 293 LoneTree
27 ZIEKY, JEFF 69 73 72 79 293 LoneTree
33 BOJALAD, RICK 71 71 71 81 294 LoneTree
33 HALL, DEAN 70 74 75 75 294 LoneTree
33 MCGRANE, THOMAS 69 73 75 77 294 LoneTree
33 MUELLER, MARK 75 69 76 74 294 LoneTree
37 CARLSON, NICK 75 71 73 77 296 LoneTree
38 MCIVER, ROB 78 69 75 76 298 LoneTree
38 WELLE, PAUL 77 73 75 73 298 LoneTree
40 GEARE, PATRICK 73 74 77 75 299 LoneTree
41 LARSON, DENNIS 76 74 77 73 300 LoneTree
41 FURPHY, KENNETH 68 75 83 74 300 LoneTree
41 SNYDER, BENJAMIN 75 71 78 76 300 LoneTree
44 KNIGHT, BILL 70 78 74 79 301 LoneTree
44 APPS, MARC 72 76 76 77 301 LoneTree
44 OLOHAN, GEOFF 72 77 74 78 301 LoneTree
47 PORTER, JOSH 74 76 73 80 303 LoneTree
47 BANEK, REG 71 75 77 80 303 LoneTree
47 BRASCH, LARRY 78 72 78 75 303 LoneTree
50 DIRTADIAN, ARMEN 77 72 78 77 304 LoneTree
51 LEWIS, CURT 77 73 75 80 305 LoneTree
51 BEGLEY, MIKE 69 81 77 78 305 LoneTree
51 ELLENBURG, FRANK 72 77 73 83 305 LoneTree
51 KOBAYASHI, SO 74 74 75 82 305 LoneTree
55 BRADFORD, BART 76 72 79 79 306 LoneTree
55 GRAHAM, GERRY 75 75 79 77 306 LoneTree
55 WHITNEY, CYRUS 76 73 77 80 306 LoneTree
55 BRADY, JAMES 76 73 80 77 306 LoneTree
59 EGGEN, JEFFREY 73 75 81 82 311 LoneTree
60 FOWLER, JON 72 78 82 81 313 LoneTree
61 FETTER, COURT 72 78 81 83 314 LoneTree
W/D PHILLIPS, JIM 76 71 81 228
W/D DALLAS, STEVE 71 74 75 220
Did not make cut
STRUNK, CASEY 71 78 149
MUNOZ, BOB 76 75 151
WIRTH, JEFF 77 74 151
WALL, KEVIN 78 73 151
FELIX, RYAN 74 77 151
SWENSON, BRIAN 75 76 151
NICHOLS, JEFF 72 79 151
MCKINLEY, JAKOB 76 76 152
LINNERSON, DALEN 80 72 152
MUNDEN, BILL 79 73 152
CLAPP, DEAN 81 71 152
VANGALDER, SAM 77 76 153
RANDALL, CANNON 77 76 153
WILLIAMS, MICHAEL 78 75 153
CARRUTHERS, BRIAN 75 78 153
DONLEY, JAMES 77 76 153
EASTLACK, TOM 75 78 153
FENDLEY, RAY 74 79 153
NIELSEN, RYAN 73 80 153
SCHALLER, JOHN 75 78 153
TAPLEY, MARK 76 78 154
LONEY, MATTHEW 79 75 154
HARMAN, CHRIS 75 79 154
EVELAND, JERRY 73 81 154
MOON, SCOTT 79 76 155
RANKINS, JARED 75 80 155
SMITH, ED 79 76 155
SHEPPARD, SEAN 78 77 155
WILLIS, STEVE 80 75 155
JENSEN, DANE 79 76 155
BAKER, ZACHARY 73 82 155
THOMPSON, TRENT 69 86 155
HANCOCK, ADAM 77 78 155
CABLE, KEN 77 78 155
TIERNEY, ROBERT 82 74 156
MAGEE, BRIAN 80 76 156
LEONARD, MATTHEW 79 77 156
RUSSELL, STEVE 80 76 156
HATFIELD, RUSSELL 78 78 156
ESTEBAN, CARLOS 79 77 156
SMITH, TOD 80 77 157
WEBSTER, ALLEN 78 79 157
REYNOLDS, LANCE 80 77 157
FITAS, DANIEL 79 78 157
NASH, DAVE 83 75 158
ROCHA, SEAN 81 77 158
CESAREK, GRANT 80 78 158
CAVANAGH, HARRY 80 78 158
BLAIR, JACK JR 79 80 159
HABERERN, MICHAEL 80 79 159
BRANNON, JR 78 82 160
SHELBY, CRAIG 84 77 161
CARLIN, PAT 74 87 161
MAY, RUSSELL 89 73 162
SUNDQUIST, BRANDON 81 82 163
SUMMERSETT, PHIL 83 80 163
WALTERS, KEVIN 86 77 163
BAULEY, CRAIG 86 77 163
FLAHERTY, RICK 80 83 163
SILVANIC, DON 82 82 164
MCKEE, TYSON 79 85 164
GALBRAITH, DAVE 81 83 164
TAFT, SHAWN 79 86 165
LARSON, PETE 77 88 165
KERNAGIS, RICHIE 82 85 167
GILLIGAN, STUART 84 85 169
CARLIN, ANDREW 84 85 169
GODOY, ERIC 89 80 169
GOMEZ, JAMES 75 DQ 75
BAYMON, TIRREL 75 DQ 75
ITANI, RAMSEY 77 DQ 77
TURNEY, MATT 77 WD 77
SIMMONS, CLAY 79 DQ 79
HUFF, JERRY 80 DQ 80
BUTLER, JOSH 81 WD 81
BERGER, BILL 83 DQ 83
BREY, BRYAN 84 WD 84
WARDLAW, JUSTIN 90 DQ 90
MUELLER, MICHAEL

About The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain:
Opened in 1995 and designed by Gary Panks and David Graham, The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, located at 3636 E. Baseline Road, is considered one of the best public golf courses in the Southwest. Raven Golf is Intrawest Golf's premier brand of daily-fee properties. Golf courses bearing the Raven name meet exceptionally high standards of quality for course conditions, guest service, playability, and overall guest experience. In addition to the Raven at South Mountain, Raven Golf Clubs are located in Buckeye, Ariz.; Destin, Fla.; Silverthorne, Colo.; Snowshoe, W. Va.; and Thornbury, Ont. Canada (2006) Visit www.ravenatsouthmountain.com

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