Former Sabino standout Brian Kontak beat Ryan Marks of Scottsdale 3 & 2 on Wednesday to advance to the Round of 32 at the 98th Arizona Amateur Championship taking place at the Desert Mountain Outlaw Course in Scottsdale this week.
Kontak is ranked No. 13 in the event and he will be matched up against No. 20 Jimmy Kozikowski of Phoenix at 8:10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Former Rincon/University and Pima standout No. 38 Ben Bradford lost to No. 27 Brad Wayment of Mesa 6 & 4 on Wednesday and former Canyon del Oro and Pima standout No. 46 Andrew Rivas lost to No. 19 Sean O’Donnell of Glendale 3 & 1.
Kontak won the 1989 4A state championship for after shooting a 3-under-par 141 at the Willow Creek Golf Course in Sun City. Kontak also won the 1993 NJCAA championship playing for Scottsdale and he won the 2007 Golf Channel’s Big Break Mesquite challenge.
145 golfers were in the initial field. Rivas shot a 2-over 146 (75-71) to make the Round of 64, Bradford shot a 1-over 145 (73-72) and Kontak shot a 4-under 140 (69-71). Former Williams Field standout Rylan Johnson (Oregon State) claimed the top seed after scoring an 11-under 133 (69-64) in qualifying action.
The top four seeds are still alive in the Round of 32.
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