Champions crowned in state amateur golf tournament

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

ANCHORAGE - James Conley shot a final round 80 Sunday to win his seventh state amateur golf title.

Dustin Fox, 21, a junior at the University of Nevada, posted the lowest 72-hole score in the Alaska State Amateur golf tournament with a 304.

But Conley, 40, an Anchorage police officer, was declared State Am titlist because he shot the lowest four-round total by an Alaskan. He said his title should come with an asterisk because his 306 wasn't the lowest 72-hole total.

"Is it tainted a bit? Absolutely," Conley said.

Fox shot 75 Sunday at Moose Run's Creek Course.

Fox won when he made par on the par-5 18th hole and Conley's booming tee shot rolled into a hazard and led to double bogey.

Conley, who led James Denney by one stroke, and Fox and Demitrious Salinas by three strokes entering Sunday's final round, never relinquished his lead until the last hole.

Allegra Stoetzel, who finished runner-up in the last two State Ams, earned her first state title with a 78 that gave her a 72-hole total of 324 and a 14-stroke margin over Kelli Poppenhagen.

Doug Belknap of Juneau won the tournament's second flight. The tourney features a championship, first, second, third and down to seventh flight for men and a championship through fourth flight for women, with golfers slotted based on their handicaps.

Belknap shot a 72-hole total of 315 (scratch) to beat runner-up Michael J. Anderson by six strokes and Lee Hankins by nine. Belknap closed with an 81 Sunday at Anchorage Golf Course, while Anderson shot a 79 and Hankins had 82.

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