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Louisville’s Zach wins Gobbler Amateur

Scottsdale, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) – Simon Zach of the University of Louisville recently won the 2017 Gobbler Amateur at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson by one shot over Tianlang Guan of the University of Arizona and by two shots over Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho.  Zach shot a final round one-under par 70 to finish at 4-under par (209) for the tournament. Zach has been on quite a roll as this is his second consecutive victory having won the UH-Warrior Princeville Invitational at Princeville Makai Golf Club in Hawaii in late October.

The Gobbler Amateur, played November 19 – 22, is part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series. The multi-stage series provides high-level amateurs, college players, juniors and Troon-facility club champions a chance to compete throughout the year. The Sizzler, the first event of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, was held June 10-13 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. and was won by Yash Majmudar of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The next event on the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series will be The Agave at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, Calif. December 19-22. The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series will be capped off at the season-ending Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. January 1-4, 2018. 

The concept of the Saguaro Amateur and its evolution into a series is the brainchild of University of Colorado Head Men's Golf Coach Roy Edwards, University of Wyoming Director of Golf Programs Joe Jensen, and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes General Manager Brady Wilson. 

“It’s great, you know – back-to-back wins,” said Zach, who hails from the Czech Republic. “I worked hard for it.  I had a good end of the fall season, then I finished birdie-eagle and won my first college event (at Makai) changing my point-of-view that I can finish off victories.”


1 Simon ZACH, Czech Republic—69-70-70—209 (-4)

2 Tianlang GUAN, Tucson, Arizona—72-67-71—210

3 Reid HATLEY, Hayden Lake, Idaho—71-67-73—211

4 Trevor LAMPSON, Gilbert, Arizona—71-68-74—213

5 Kento YAMAWAKI, Encinitas, Calif—70-73-71—214

6 Josh McCOLLUM, Alta Loma, Calif—74-67-74—215

T6 Gookmin KIM, Palm Desert, Calif—71-72-72—215

T6 Hunter EPSON, Long Beach, Calif—72-74-69—215

9 Jake SLOCUM, Meridian, Idaho—72-69-75—216

T9        Fisher VOLLENDORF, Fayetteville, AR—72-74-70—216

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About Sewailo Golf Club

Located in Tucson, Sewailo Golf Club is a 7,283 yard course designed by Ty Butler and Notah Begay III that opened in December 2013. The name "Sewailo" means "flower world" in the Yaqui language. The championship course resembles a desert oasis with impressive water features incorporated into the surrounding landscape. The entire property, including the luxurious, 215-room Casino Del Sol Resort, takes full advantage of the natural setting and surrounding mountain views. Other amenities at Casino Del Sol Resort include rejuvenating services at Hiapsi Spa and Fitness Center; exceptional dinning at PY Steakhouse and An Del Sol Asian Sushi Bar; expansive pool area featuring the Oasis Pool Bar; brand new High Limit Lounge; and more than 65,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space ideal for weddings, receptions, and special events.

About Troon 

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit

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