Brown earned number-one seed into match–play portion of tournament where he defeated Lee Decof 4-3 in the round of 64.
This article is an adaptation from story on Arizona Golf Association Website.
Maricopa, Ariz. (July 232, 2009) – Boise State sophomore to be Blake Brown, from Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a six-under 66 Tuesday to jump 22 spots and earn medalist honors at the 85th Arizona Amateur Championship. He posted a two-day total of six-under 138 to take top honors after the two preliminary rounds at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., to advance into the final stage of the event. The overall tournament championship is determined by match-play which began Wednesday morning with Brown being seeded number-one out of the 64 participants that advanced from the original 147. He defeated 64th seeded Lee Decof 4-3 this morning to advance to Thursday’s round of 32.
Blake, 19, who graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, was the 2008 JGAA Player of the Year and the PGA Series Player of the Year. He was solid throughout the first two days of competition. After firing an even-par 72 during Monday’s first round, Brown started the second round on Tuesday off with three consecutive birdies and posted a five-under-par 31 on the front nine. On the back nine, he played nearly flawless with a birdie two on the 17th hole that he followed up with a bogey five on the 18th.
“It’s pretty cool,” Brown said on earning medalist honors Tuesday. “I need to stay focused and see how it goes. I still have until Saturday to stay in the matches. I played pretty well today. Yesterday was pretty tough. I played in the wind. Today, I hit the ball a lot better. I got the putts to drop and you need that for match play.”
Wednesday morning Brown defeated Lee Decof 4-3 in the first round of match-play. He now advances to Thursday’s second round where he will play the winner of the 32-vs-33 match featuring Tyler Wooldridge and Dalen Linnerson respectively.