Parker Mapes wins the Silverado Amateur
by Marty James, special for AmateurGolf.com
Parker Mapes called it his greatest victory as a golfer. Now, he hopes the 206 10-under par total he shot over 54 holes to win the 2022 Silverado Amateur, a Troon Saguaro Amateur Series event, can help propel him into the season. fall for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
“It feels really good,” said Mapes, standing on the practice green, after being presented with the tournament trophy on Thursday afternoon by Roy Edwards, president of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and head coach of men’s golf at the University of Colorado. “It’s definitely my biggest win. I haven’t had one in a while.
“He’s a great amateur, a good line-up. That’s huge – definitely a big boost to my confidence going into the college season, with the onset of fall. I’m excited for the season. I just have to keep this momentum going.
Mapes, a Pleasanton resident entering his second year, shot a final round 3-under 69 on the very difficult North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. He held off Ian Gilligan of Reno, Nevada, winning by a one-stroke margin. Gilligan, who plays for Long Beach State and will be a sophomore in the fall, scored a 70.
Max Brenchley of Apline, Utah, who took a one-shot lead in the final round after the course played 36 holes on Wednesday, finished third, shooting a 73. Brenchley, who was 8 under after the first two rounds, is going into his senior year at BYU.
The north course was set up as a 6,822 yard par 72 course.
Mapes and Gilligan tied for second, one stroke off the lead, entering the final round.
“Shooting 10-under here is no accident. You have to play serious golf,” Edwards said.
Mapes, a 2021 graduate of Amador Valley High School who plays at the Ruby Hill Club in Pleasanton, started the tournament with rounds of 67 and 70 on Wednesday. He birdied Nos. 4, 8 and 9 on the front nine, and Nos. 12 and 14 on the back nine, in the final round.
He made a 15-foot putt to save par after exploding from the left green side bunker on the 185-yard, par-3 seventh hole. It was that hole, he said, that started his round . “It brought a tear to my eyes after making that normal save,” Mapes said.
He also went up and down to save the par on the par-3 15th hole, as he made a four-foot putt after hitting from the left bunker.
“I hit him perfectly out of the bunker. Luckily I saw the line, but this one breaks a bit,” Mapes said.
He crashed his drive down the center of the fairway on the par-4, 14th hole and made the putt for a four-foot birdie.
“It kept my confidence there, even late in the round,” he said. “It was very simple. I made it easy for myself down to the last hole and really didn’t give anything back. I wasn’t really giving up. I was just hitting fairways and greens, and either putting the putt or two putts.
One of his only faults on the day was bogeying on the par-5, 18th hole as he struggled with his short game out of a bunker near the green and then found himself short in the false forehead.
Gilligan, playing in the final group with Mapes and Brenchley, also missed the 18th hole.
“I was just telling my mom (Cheryl Mapes), I was in the center of the 18 fairway. And the goal for me was just to lay on the right side and have a little chip in the fairway there- down. But I guess I had some adrenaline. I was trying to lay down and hit my 4 iron about 235 (yards) from that bunker. It cost me there because I was there (Wednesday). I knew I didn’t want to be there. I still put it there. I probably should have gone for green, to be honest.
Mapes was pleased with his ball-striking, hitting fairways and greens with precision.
“When I missed greens, my chipping was on point as well. I was making putts. Everything was working for me. Everything was going my way. Not too many bad breaks,” said Mapes, a winner of two Junior Golf Association of Northern California events in 2020 and a participant in the US Junior Amateur in 2021. He has also played in American Junior Golf Association events.
The online scoring system showed Mapes and Gilligan tied for 18th and tied after regulation play, both at 9 under. But Mapes said he knew he had a one-stroke lead heading for the final hole.
The online score is unofficial, Edwards said. The incorrect score that was entered was a bogey-4 on the No. 7 for Mapes.
“The official golf score is once you sign your score card and turn it in,” Edwards said. “They happen to be the two best guys it has affected. But we also thought it was tied until the scoreboard came along. The live score was suddenly wrong. It’s unofficial. That’s why you have the scorecards rendered to make it official.
Gilligan was second at 9-under 207 (68-69-70), Brenchley was third at 7-under 209 (67-69-73) and Michael Carrillo of Chualar, Calif., was fourth at 3-under 213 (73- 69-71). Gilligan birdied at numbers 5, 11 and 16.
Brenchley birdied at numbers 10 and 18.
Tied for fifth, less than 214, were Ryan Firpo of Davis (71-71-72), Jeewon Park of Tempe, Arizona (73-72-69) and Jolo Timothy Magcalayo of the Philippines (72-69-73) .
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Troon Saguaro Amateur Series continues to grow
The 2022 Silverado Amateur, which drew a field of 70 players, is an Amateur World Ranked event and the fifth tournament in the 2022-23 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.
This week also marks the fifth Troon Saguaro Amateur Series event at Silverado in the past two years.
The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, founded in 2014 with its first event, is a world-class amateur tournament series run by Roy Edwards and Joe Jensen.
“It’s nice to come here, both in the winter and in the summer, because it’s like playing two different golf courses,” Edwards said. “It’s long and soft and cool in December – play hard for other reasons. And then when you come in the summer it plays hard and fast and (temperatures) are good. It’s obviously a championship test, with championship conditions here at Silverado. And it’s good preparation for the Fortinet PGA Tour Championship.
For the second year in a row, Silverado will host the Fortinet Championship, a FedEx Cup regular season tournament, September 15-18, which has an $8 million prize pool and a field of 156 players. This is the launch event for the 2022-2023 PGA Tour schedule.
This is the ninth consecutive year for the PGA Tour at Silverado, which also hosted the Frys.com Open (2014-2015) and the Safeway Open (2016-2020).
“It’s the first-class nature of golf courses that we want to hold our tournaments on for our players,” Edwards said. “Silverado checks each of those boxes to an incredibly high standard. It’s just a spectacular place. It’s a very, very good test of golf. What an incredible place to hold a tournament.
Highly rated juniors, college players, and high-level amateur players compete in Troon Saguaro Amateur Series events.
Edwards said, “Because the children wanted to play, we wanted to give them the opportunity to do so.”
“What’s going to differentiate us from other (events) is trying to get these kids to properties, like Silverado, that have a story, and there is a story. And, of course, Silverado is for us,” said Jensen, vice president of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and director of golf at the University of Wyoming.
Silverado was also the site of two other PGA Tour stops: Kaiser International Open Invitational (1968-1976) and Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (1977-1980).
Additionally, two PGA Tour Champions events, The Transamerica and Napa Valley Championship, were played at Silverado from 1989 to 2002.
The Silverado Showdown, a major women’s college tournament that attracts top teams from across the country, was played here for the seventh year in April. It is co-hosted by the University of Colorado and the University of Oregon.
All Troon Saguaro Amateur Series tournaments, according to www.troon.com, are World Amateur Golf Ranking and World Amateur Scratch Player Ranking events. The series has 355 members, as well as 600 golfers who have participated in events.
“Guys are just trying to get better. Kids are concerned about their rankings. They’re trying to be seen. They’re trying to post scores. I think with our show we’ve found a solid niche. And the players got it – a clean, competitive and fair experience,” Jensen said.
The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series resumes later this year, with the 2022 Gobbler Amateur, November 21-23, at Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, AZ. The 2022 Grapevine Amateur will take place December 28-30 at the Silverado Resort. Marty James
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