State Amateur

The state’s top golfers will again take their shots at becoming the state’s top amateur in the 2020 Nevada State Amateur. The tournament will be held July 10-12 at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Henderson, NV.

J.J Gresco finished off a hot final round, which included a hole-in-one on the par 3 third hole to win the 2019 crown by two strokes over Mitchell Abbott at Somersett Country Club. Grant McKay finished solo third at six over par.


History

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Bob Pratt, who won the 1954 Nevada State Amateur, is just one of many excellent and accomplished golfers who have hoisted the most prestigious trophy in Nevada amateur golf. According to the archives, Pratt won the second-ever Nevada State Amateur. The first, in 1953, was won by Bill Higgins.

Ever since those fabulous fifties, the Nevada State Amateur has been won by future college and PGA TOUR players in addition to lifetime amateurs who have dedicated much of their lives to the grand ole game.

Pratt’s victory came a few years before he headed to the University of Houston, where he was a part of one of the best golf programs in the history of the sport. Pratt played for the University of Houston from 1957-59 and was there for three national titles for the team. In 1959 Pratt was named a second-team All-American for his role in the team’s NCAA title.

Charlie Teel, sometimes referred to as the “Father of golf in Las Vegas” won the Nevada State Amateur back-to-back in 1957 and 1958. Teel also Teel collected an unprecedented 18 Las Vegas City Amateur and Southern Nevada Amateur titles during his prolific career. He became, arguably, one of the best amateur golfers in the history of Nevada despite several obstacles.

“He was really remarkable given that he overcame the challenge of a shriveled arm to become a scratch golfer,” Bob Coffin said. “He utilized total concentration, and that really made his game.”

Off the course, Teel served as the president of the Nevada State Golf Association and was instrumental in helping several amateur organizations start operations. He also served on the Tournament of Champions committee and other high-level tournaments.

Coffin, who played golf at UNLV and also served as a Nevada State Senator and on the Las Vegas City Council, won the Nevada State Amateur in 1970. Coffin also served as a past president of the Nevada State Golf Association.

Ernest Maupin, an accomplished attorney in Nevada and a former golfer at the University of Nevada, won the Nevada State Amateur in 1987. Maupin served as a regional United States Golf Association director in addition to several roles with both the Nevada State Golf Association and the Northern Nevada Golf Association. He was president of both of the Nevada golf organizations.

Other notable champions include future PGA TOUR players Edward Fryatt, Craig Barlow, Scott Piercy, and Rich Barcelo, in addition to lifetime amateurs Eric Dutt, Brady Exber, Stuart Reid and Dean Menante.

Nevada State Amateur Championship

Year Champion
1953 Bill Higgins
1954 Bob Pratt
1955 Bob Unthank
1956 Elmer Glites
1957 Charles Teel
1958 Charles Teel
1959 Lynn Creason
1960 Lynn Creason
1961 Tony Frabbiele
1962 Frank Sugden
1963 Bud Shank
1964 Harley Williams
1965 Martin Bohen
1966 Dick Payne
1967 Bruce Ashworth
1968 Tom Minger
1969 Tom Beck
1970 Bob Coffin
1971 Pat McLeary
1972 Kit Dickinson
1973 Gary Singer
1974 Butch Sheehan
1975 Butch Sheehan
1976 Eric Dutt
1977 Morris Ferstman
1978 Stu Reid
1979 Dan Dodson
1980 Jim Allred
1981 Steve Sands
1982 Danny Dodson
1983 Mike Allen
1984 Dean Menante
1985 Dee Conton
1986 Mark Gilmartin
1987 Ernie Maupin
1988 Paul Langer
1989 Dean Menante
1990 Ron Hurst
1991 Brady Exber
1992 Edward Fryatt
1993 Mike Bodney
1994 Craig Barlow
1995 Richard Barcelo
1996 Mike Louden
1997 Steve Sheehan
1998 Scott Piercy
1999 Russel Nygard
2000 Billy Harvey
2001 Billy Harvey
2002 Cullen Brasfield
2003 Matt Kodama
2004 Matt Kodama
2005 Chad Fosburg
2006 Matt Kinsinger
2007 Dustin Hall
2008 Brady Exber
2009 Joe Sanders
2010 Scott Smith
2011 JT Cockerill
2012 Roman Mudd
2013 Greg Hordesky
2014 Nicholas Smits
2015 Steve Sear
2016 Steve Sear
2017 Daren Johnson
2018 Alex Jordan
2019 J.J. Gresco
2020 Michael Sarro
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