Saguaro Amateur: Christopherson, Graf tied with one round to go
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Caden Christopherson (Chandler, AZ) and Carter Graf (Canada) are tied for the lead through 36 holes at the 7th Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.
Christopherson, a local resident from nearby Chandler, shot the low round of the day—a 6-under par 66. Carter Graf, an NC State golfer, shot a 5-under par 67 to forge a two-way tie for the lead at 7-under par through two rounds.
The pairing leads by one over Hunter Epson of Long Beach, California. 2018 Champion Blake Hathcoat, the first round co-leader, is tied for fourth place with two others two shots back of the lead. In all there are ten players within three shots of the co-lead and sixteen within four shots.
Saturday’s final round is shaping up to be a shootout for the Saguaro Amateur and the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Player of the Year race.
DAY ONE RECAP
Blake Hathcoat (Fresno, CA), and Jackson Lake (Clovis, CA) co-lead the 2020 Saguaro Amateur through 18 holes at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. Both shot 5-under par 67 on the 7,588 yard championship course.
Hathcoat is a senior at St. Mary’s, as well as the 2018 Saguaro Amateur Champion, and Lake is a freshman on the Oregon State golf team.
In a condensed leaderboard, five players—Chase Carlson (Tacoma, WA), Josh McCollum (Upland, CA), Nathan Cogswell (Kent, WA), Austin Fox (Folsom, CA) and Logan Pate (Richmond, TX) all shot 4-under 68s to sit a shot back of the leaders. Another shot back at 3-under par—2 shots from the lead—is a group of five players.
ABOUT THE Saguaro Amateur
54-hole event with field comprised of 108
men’s amateur golfers from all over the United
States. Most players are college golfers on winter
break. All players must have completed high school
by January 1 and must have a handicap of 3.0 or
lower. The host club, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, has
hosted the Arizona Amateur three times as well as
Open and PGA Tour qualifying.
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