Nicollete wins 2011 Arizona Senior Open

L to R: Wade Dunagan, Mike Nicolette and Brady Exber Nicolette and Dunagan went to a 3 Hole Playoff to determine the winner 2011 Arizona Sr. Open. Exber won the 2011 Arizona Sr. Open Low Amateur Champion.

Mike Nicollete of Scottsdale won the 2011 Arizona Senior Open on June 9th at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club’s Prospector Course. 

The tournament, sponsored by the Southwest Section PGA, was a 54-hole, individual stroke play event. Nicollete and Wade Dunagan of Tucson, who shot a final-round, even par 72, tied at 11-under par through regulation, but Nicollete, who shot a final-round 68, won the championship on the third playoff hole. Dunagan, a 28-year golf industry veteran, is executive director of The World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona.

Nicollete, 55, had 10 top 10 finishes in PGA Tour events during his career. He has worked as a golf club designer for PING since 1989. He led the development of PING’s first traditional blade irons—the S59 series.

Greg Bruckner, the defending champion, Paul Trittler of Scottsdale and R.W. Eaks of Scottsdale tied for third at 10-under. Brady Exber of Las Vegas was the low amateur and finished sixth at 9-under.

The tournament, open to professional and amateurs who were at least 50 by June 7, 2011 was presented by Doctor Hoy’s with a Xing Tee serving as a product sponsor. The field was 140 players with the cut at low 60 and tied after 36 holes.