ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Sun Country Amateur Match Play Championship wrapped up today at Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque, N.M. The field battled it out over the past four days in a Championship bracket, a Senior Championship bracket, a Women's Championship bracket and two consolation brackets.
The 2012 SCAGA Match Play Champ, Patrick Beyhan, of Albuquerque, looked like he was going to make short order of the 2013 event as well after posting a 63 in the stroke-play qualifier and snagging the number one seed. The New Mexico State University golfer raced through his first four matches in the 32-man bracket looking like he may be unbeatable. But, that was before he ran into Aggie teammate and Canberra, Australia native William Hogan who outlasted Beyhan to claim his first SCAGA title with a 2 & 1 victory. Hogan, the three seed, played steady throughout the week and fell behind early to the defending champ. But, the NMSU senior stayed within striking distance and managed to even up the match at the turn and then steadily climbed ahead of his teammate posting the win on the 17th green at Tanoan CC.
In the Senior Championship bracket, Sun Country stalwart Lee Sanchez of Santa Fe, N.M., continued his winning ways by marching through the 16-man bracket and claiming a 2 & 1 victory over Albuquerque's Brian Hinkle. Sanchez claimed the two seed in the stroke-play qualifier last Thursday and then steadily knocked off four different opponents before grabbing the crystal trophy.
In the Women's Championship, El Paso, Texas' Jennifer Delgadillo survived a double-elimination bracket to claim the first SCAGA Women's Match Play title. After claiming the top seed out of the stroke-play qualifier, Delgadillo went undefeated and knocked off Albuquerque resident Ginny DeCoster in the Championship match.