Ace and back-nine birdie run land Gresco a Nevada Amateur title
J.J. Gresco
J.J. Gresco

If tournaments are won and lost on the back nine, then J.J. Gresco’s day at the Nevada State Amateur is an excellent example of that. Gresco, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., who is about to enter his third season on the UNLV roster, had a colorful scorecard going by the time he reached the back nine. When he went on a four-hole birdie run from Nos. 13-16, he clinched the state amateur title.

Gresco opened with rounds of 75-72 at Somersett CC in Reno, Nev. He had three bogeys and a birdie on the front nine at Somersett, but also aced the par-3 third.

The up-and-down day continued with a double bogey at No. 11. Then Gresco rattled off his birdie streak. A final-round 2-under 70 left Gresco at 1 over for the week and two shots ahead of Mitchell Abbott for the title.

Grant McKay finished third at 6 over and Edward Fryatt, who won this title in 1992, finished fourth at 7 over.

Results: Nevada State Amateur
1AZJ.J. GrescoScottsdale, AZ20075-72-70=217
2NVMitchell AbbottLas Vegas, NV10074-69-76=219
3NVGrant McKayLas Vegas, NV5078-73-71=222
4NVEdward FryattLas Vegas, NV5075-77-71=223
5NVDalton ButlerCarson City, NV5081-72-73=226

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ABOUT THE Nevada State Amateur

54-hole stroke play competition with no cut. Field size: 60 players. An 18- hole qualifier is required for those who do not meet exemption criteria. Open to any male golfer that is exempt, has qualified, or has been an invited participant from the tournament committee. Golfers must have a GHIN number on file and must be a member of the Southern Nevada Golf Association or the Northern Nevada Golf Association.

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