Blake Brown Defends His AGA Western Amateur Title...
Note: This is an adaptation from an article on the AGA website.

YUMA, Ariz. (5/23/2010) - Boise State University junior-to-be Blake Brown successfully defended his Arizona Golf Association "AGA" Western Amateur title at Yuma Golf and Country Club this past weekend shooting a two-day total of 144 in Yuma. His victory score qualifies Brown for July's Arizona Amateur Championship where he took home that event's medalist honors last year.
Brown, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., also won the opening event of the year, the AGA Short Course at Lakes at Ahwatukee Golf Club.
"It feels great to win this event again. It was really tough conditions today, with the wind gusting for the entire round. I am playing a lot of events the next few months so hopefully this will jump-start my summer," Brown said.
Last year, with no wind and temperatures hovering around 100, Brown shot consecutive rounds of 66. This past Sunday, it was more survival for all players, with winds blowing 25-35 mph all day. Brown's 74 tied for the second-lowest round of the day. After starting out with consecutive bogey's, Brown rallied with a birdie on the par 3, 8th hole, and finished with a 36 on his front nine. His back nine was highlighted by a birdie on the par 5, 15th hole and he ended shooting 38. His final round 74 (2-day total 144) was good enough to hold on for a two-stroke victory.
The Western Amateur was also a qualifier for the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship, which will take place July 19-24 at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Seventeen players qualified for the AZ Amateur, with two-day totals of 158 or better.

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