FAIRBANKS-The big story over the weekend is that one of our own came away with his first Alaska State Amateur Championship. Adam Baxter won it all after the fourth round on Sunday at Chena Bend Golf Course. It was the first time the Interior has hosted the State Am in its 54 year history and Baxter, from Fairbanks won his first State Am championship.
He was paired with Kevin Daniels who finished fourth and the youngster McKenzey Haber just 16 years old who tied Daniels for fourth place. Baxter pared is his first hole. Also in the group was defending champ Greg Sanders who answers with an incredible 40 foot putt to birdie a 182 yard par three on hole number two. Despite that Baxter won by two strokes to dethrone Sanders.
Baxter shot one under on Friday and continued with a 69 going three under on Saturday. Baxter was also second in net score when the handicap is removed from the gross score.
Terri McAngus defended her women's State Am title now three peating the event. McAngus, from Anchorage, never went over a 78 for the four days winning by 46 strokes. She also won the net title.
Cathy Shuttleworth, representing Fairbanks, tied for second place (352) with Teresa Fisher after going for an 83 on Sunday.
Now here are the State Am flight winners. Along with Baxter (290) and McAngus (306) winning the championship flights, Mike Sullivan (314) is the men's first flight winner by six strokes. Jack Newell (342), the 13 year old prodigy, won by four strokes for the men's second flight title. Megan Warren (384) won the women's first flight title by seven strokes.