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Baxter, McAngus, Chena Bend impress at state golf tournament

Beth Bragg

The Alaska Golf Association took its showcase event to Fairbanks for the first time this year, and Fairbanks made the most of the opportunity.

The city delivered good weather -- warm and mostly sunny, a far cry better than the constant rain that pelted the courses in Anchorage and the Valley that until this year had hosted every state amateur in history.

And it delivered a homegrown champion -- West Valley graduate Adam Baxter, who fired a 74 Sunday at Chena Bend Golf Course to wrap up his first title with a four-round score of 290.

Baxter, a 31-year-old who twice broke par on the Fort Wainwright course, shot a two-over 74 on the final day.

That gave him a two-stroke victory over defending champion Greg Sanders of Anchorage, whose one-under 71 allowed him to challenge Baxter, who began the day with a five-stroke lead.

In women's play, Terri McAngus of Anchorage cruised to her third straight state championship with a staggering margin of victory. She fired rounds of 7, 78, 75 and 77 to finish at 306 -- a score that would have ranked her third in the men's championship flight, and one that put her 46 strokes ahead of the nearest women.

Cathy Shuttleworth shot her best round of the tournament, an 83, to forge a tie for second place with Teresa Fisher; both finished at 352.

The tournament drew a slightly smaller field in Fairbanks than in Southcentral -- 92, compared to recent fields of 120 or so. AGA executive director Jeff Barnhart gave Fairbanks and Chena Bend a rave review in an email.

"We all felt so welcomed and appreciated," he said. "I can honestly say this was the most enjoyable championship even I have ever run."

Baxter, who played college golf at Mars Hill University in North Carolina, took control of the tournament with par-busting rounds Friday and Saturday. He followed up his one-under 71 on Friday with a 69 on Saturday.

That allowed him to withstand Sanders' find-round charge and take home his first state amateur championship after coming close on several occasions. Baxter placed second in 2010, third in 2011 and tied for fourth place last year.

"It's the one event that's eluded me and that I kind of hold highly above all the others," Baxter told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner before Sunday's round. "All the other events in the state are great tournaments but ... I would just really like to win. This is one for me."

Alaska State Amateur

Final results

Men

Championship flight

1) Adam Baxter 76-71-69-74--290; 2) Greg Sanders 75-72-74-71--292; 3) Paul Blanche 77-77-76-69--299; 4) tie, Kevin Daniels 74-78-74-74--300; Mckenzy Haber 76-73-77-74--300; 6) Chris Morin 74-73-80-79--306; David Hamilton 73-79-76-78--306; 8) Chad Isaacs 74-82-75-77--308; 9) tie, Chad Meyhoff 80-76-78-75--309; Michael Oldenkamp 82-72-73-82--309; 11) Rick Boyles 75-76-80-81--312; 12) Steven Gould 74-84-82-78--318; 13) tie, Marcus Dolejsi 76-75-86-85--322; Steve Hallsten 79-85-81-77--322; 15) Joseph Kim 75-76-83-89--323; 16) tie, Jeremy Peters 80-80-82-83--325; Scott Woodland 73-81-87-84--325; 18) Richard Teders 76-83-83-84--326; 19) Josh Osvold 82-77-81-87--327; Mark Mcmahan 79-81-83-84--327; 21) David Ritter 86-80-84-79--329; 22) Travis Heyroth 81-83-82-85--331; 23) Thomas Chadwick 84-85-85-82--336; 24) Paul Lindhag 78-91-81-87--337; 25) Jospeh Rafson 87-82-88-83--340; 26) Lee McAngus 95-88-88-75--346.

First flight

1) Michael Sullivan 77-84-78-75--314; 2) Jerry Morrell 85-78-84-73--320; 3) William Stone 78-80-85-79--322; 4) tie, Robert Kimball 82-79-86-79--326; Tom Lawson 78-78-91-79--326; 6) Bill Renfrew 84-86-77-82--329; 7) Tyler Pohler 88-83-82-78--331; 8) Adam Wool 84-80-87-85--336; 9) CJ Leonelli 87-83-84-86--340; 10) Jason Ryznar 89-83-83-88--343; 11) tie, Barry Grey 89-81-85-89--344; Bruce Cunnigham 85-83-92-84--344; 13) tie, Cable Starlings 85-89-87-84--345; Rene Alvarez 95-83-87-80--345; 15) Joe Roberts 86-85-87-88--346; 16) Charles Ruppenthal 85-86-87-91--349; 17) David Cosgrave 87-85-89-89--350; 18) Mike Shultz 97-85-82-87--351; 19) Mike Smith 80-90-92-90--352; 20) Paul Dube 95-85-85-88--353; 21) Victor LaJiness 88-92-86-90--356; 22) Tim Wesenberg 85-87-94-92--358; 23) John Wenger 92-90-92-86--360 24) tie, Bruce Delbridge 88-88-91-94--361; Mark Toskey 96-84-93-88--361; 26) Bruce Downes 88-86-96-92--362; 27) Bleeder Miller 94-85-88-96--363; 28) James Lefavor 96-87-99-86--368; 29) John Neill 84-98-94-96--372; 30) Charles Rehder 92-93-94-95--374; 31) Brent Haugen 109-86-92-92--379; 32) Casey Bieber 95-94-94-100--383.

Second flight

1) Jack Newell 82-83-90-87--342; 2) Jerry Vongkoth 87-81-91-87--346; 3) Aaron Pletnikoff 88-85-84-93--350; 4) Greg Magee 86-90-84-91--351; 5) Gene Carlson 90-92-93-89--364; 6) Herschel Deaton 93-89-94-89--365; 7) Richard Neff 90-93-89-97--369; 8) Jim Waugaman 92-89-106-91--378; 9) tie, Patrick Pletnikoff 100-93-92-95--380; William Beach 95-90-96-99--380; 11) Jeff Havrilla 106-90-95-93--384; 12) Dave Kester 96-91-104-95--386; 13) Sk Son 91-102-99-95--387; 14) Wes Masters 101-98-96-95--390; 15) tie, Jack Newell Sr. 96-102-106-89--393; Juan Botero 109-89-100-95--393; 17) Michael Wery 100-92-99-104--395; 18) Robert Pulido 92-97-102-105--396; 19) tie, Larry Martin 101-106-97-93--397; Scotty Berg 104-98-95-100--397; 21) Torgeir Robertson 102-93-96-110--401; 22) Tim Wallis 98-97-104-109--408; 23) Charles Hayter 112-98-101-107--418; 24) Ken Keber 115-111-105-122--453; 25) Jorge Botero 115-120-107-113--455; 26) Joshua Brooks 114-108-127-107--456.

Women

Championship flight

1) Terri McAngus 76-78-75-77--306; 2) tie, Cathy Shuttleworth 90-91-88-83--352; Teresa Fisher 84-93-87-88--352; 4) Connie Johnson 90-93-88-90--361; 5) Cathy Garrick 94-101-99-94--388.

First flight

1) Megan Warren 100-97-89-98--384; 2) Fran Westervelt 99-97-101-94--391; 3) Santina Meath 102-100-96-98--396; 4) Kelly Oines 104-107-113-101--425; 5) Linda Waugaman 107-106-113-112--438.


By BETH BRAGG
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