Max Sekulic wins Saguaro Amateur in playoff
Max Sekulic (Saguaro Amateur Series photo from Twitter)
Max Sekulic (Saguaro Amateur Series photo from Twitter)

After making eight birdies in regulation in today's final round of the Saguaro Amateur, Canadian golfer Max Sekulic only needed a par in sudden-death to take the title over Austin Fox.

Sekulic fired 66 on the day to finish the 54-hole tournament played at Ak Chin Southern Dunes at 10-under. That total score was one stroke in front of a surging Ryan Grider of Texas (who fired 31 on the back nine for 66) and second round leader Carter Graf of Canada.

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But Austin Fox of Folsom was able to join Sekulic at 10-under with an amazing comeback that ended with a birdie on No. 18. Fox seemingly shot himself out of contention with a bogey-double run at Nos. 6 and 7, giving back at least three shots to the field -- especially when many were making birdie on the par-5 7th.

But then Fox did something really special.

After making birdie on No. 9 to finish at even par, the University of The Pacific senior posted 5-under 31 on the back nine for 67 and a share of the lead.

Fox and Sekulic played off for the title, with Sekulic winning with a par. He will head back to Washington State with the Saguaro Amateur trophy in tow.

Results: Saguaro Amateur
1CanadaMax SekulicCanada50070-70-66=206
2CAAustin FoxFolsom, CA40068-71-67=206
T3TXRyan GriderLewisville, TX30070-71-66=207
T3CanadaCarter GrafCanada30070-67-70=207
T5CAIssei TanabeHuntington Beach, CA30070-70-69=209

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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 U.S. Open and PGA Tour qualifying.

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