Reece Nilsen takes 2nd as an Amateur at the 77th Arizona Open Championship

Reece Nilsen (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The 77th Arizona Open Championship

Aug. 3-5: Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club

Former Catalina Foothills standout Reece Nilsen tied for second place in the Amateur Division of the 77th Arizona Open Championship held at the Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club-Prospector Course in Gold Canyon, Arizona. The Northern Illinois junior shot a 9-under-par 207 to finish three strokes behind Brenden Meyer of Gilbert.

Nilsen (66-68-73) tied for 22nd place overall when combined in the Championship Division. Former Canyon del Oro standout Jonathan Walters tied for 5th place as an amateur win an 8-under 208 (67-71-70). Walters is a UNLV junior.

Yannik Paul of Phoenix won the Championship Division with an 18-under 198 (70-64-64). His winnings totaled $20,000. Former Ironwood Ridge standout Travis Gonda won $1,150 with an 8-under 208 (71-68-69).



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