Reece Nilsen with a semifinal finish at the 97th Arizona Amateur

Former Catalina Foothills standout Reece Nilsen finished in the semifinal round of the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) 97th Arizona Amateur held at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale last week.

Nilsen was tied for second after the qualifying rounds for the Match Play Championship with a 9-under-par 135 and former Canyon del Oro standout Jonathan Walters was ties for ninth place at 139.

Walters made it to the Round of 32 of the Hogan Bracket where former Sabino standout Greg Cesarek emerged 2 & 1. Cesarek lost in the Round of 16 to Matthew Braley of GCU 1-Up.

Nilsen took care of former Dorado BJ Workman 3 & 2 in the Round of 16 before getting past David Scott 3 & 1 to advance to the Semifinal Round on Friday where he lost to eventual champion Kristoffer Marshall of Scottsdale 1-Up. Marshall beat Evan White of Texas 2 & 1. White was the champion last year.

Nilsen plays for Northern Illinois and he was part of the Falcon’s 2016 state championship team.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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