Losole III captures 86th Arizona Amateur Championship in 19 holes at Pinnacle Peak CC

In a tense final match, Nicholas Losole III prevailed over Jake Golembiewski to win the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Golembiewski led almost the entire match, but it was Losole who prevailed at the end on the 19th hole.

With the match all square and needing extra holes, the players headed back to number 1 tee. Both drives found the fairway in position to reach the par 5 in two. Golembiewski’s 2nd came to rest in the front bunker near the lip forcing a much higher shot than he would have liked. “The bunker on number 1 probably has the steepest bunker face on the course, I had to hit a higher shot than I would have liked, and just flubbed it a little bit,” Golembiewski said.

Losole fired his 2nd shot onto the back fringe about 35 feet from the hole, leaving a routine up and down for a birdie. Golembiewski’s putt for birdie slid just past the right edge of the hole leaving Losole just over 4 feet for the championship. “That is the type of putt you practice all the time like your trying to win the Masters, except this time it was for the Arizona Amateur,” Losole noted. When asked about the pressure of the situation Losole added, “I got really calm and comfortable and just told myself whatever happens, happens. Fortunately it went in.”

“Overall it was great week and my attitude going into the week was if someone was going to beat me, they would have to play great and Nick played real well to win,” Golembiewski noted. “I only made one bogey, he just played great golf to beat me at the end.”

“I had to really fight hard to win this one, as Jake was playing great throughout the entire match. Winning the Arizona Amateur makes my summer a huge success. This was the one event I wanted to win this summer, so I am very excited,” added Losole.