Aug. 16, 2009
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -
Stanford junior Steve Ziegler shot back-to-back rounds of 67 on the weekend to win the Colorado Golf Association State Amateur Stroke Play Championships with an 11-under-par total of 273, good for a three-stroke victory over University of Colorado golfer Tom Gempel.
With the victory, Ziegler became the first player since Brandt Jobe in 1985 to win both the CGA Match Play and Stroke Play titles in the same year. Only eight players besides Ziegler have won both events in the same year, including Art Doering (1945), Lou North (1952), Paul McMullen (1955), Claude Wright (1956), Gary Longfellow (1974), Chris Nordling (1979), Rick Cramer (1982) and Jobe (1985).
"It's one of the greatest moments I've ever had on a golf course," Ziegler told the Colorado Golf Journal. "Winning both tournaments in the same year means a lot. I thought about it even before the Match Play. It was a broad, grand goal, and it's not easy to accomplish. It says a lot that the last player to do it is a mainstay on the PGA Tour."
Ziegler, a native of Broomfield, Colo. who plays out of The Ranch Country Club, fired rounds of 69-70-67-67 at the Lakewood Country Club to claim the title. For the second straight day, an eagle proved pivotal for Ziegler. While holding a one-stroke lead, Ziegler holed a bunker shot from 23 yards on the par-5 12th. The eagle gave him a three-shot lead, and no one got closer than two the rest of the way.
The tournament victory was another major accomplishment for Ziegler who won his first collegiate event in the spring, played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team, advanced to the round of 16 at the British Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Amateur, which will be played later this month.