Cameron Barzekoff knows Las Vegas Golf Club well. Very well. And he used his local knowledge gained during weekly skins game at the course to finish 17-under par and win the 2022 Nevada State Amateur. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder.
I get to witness some of Barzekoff’s golf talents first-hand as part of the Muni skins game on occasion. He plays a game of which I am not familiar, as he routinely puts up low 60s numbers when the course is set up to play its regular par 72. For the State Am, the course played to a par 70 and additional par 4 holes were substantially lengthened. Barzekoff shot rounds of 63-64-66.
UPDATE JULY 12 — In said Skins Game on Tuesday, July 12, Barzekoff twirled a little 58 to validate his State Am victory.
“It’s been a crazy 72 hours,” Barzekoff said a few minutes after shooting the follow-up 58. “It feels amazing to win the state amateur after working hard at the golf course for the last few months and to see myself come out with the trophy really shows that if you put the work in you can achieve what your goals are. Then coming out today and shooting a back 9, 27, for a 58, is even crazier, especially the day before my birthday. I just gotta keep my head down and plug along and keep working for the next qualifiers/tournaments.”
The set up didn’t matter to Barzekoff, the former Palo Verde High golfer and Boise State player who is now looking to a professional career at some point. He defeated Craig Erickson and Jackson Parrish by four shots, but there was a little bit of drama down the stretch.
“It was a battle and a lot more stressful than I would have liked,” Barzekoff shared with fellow Insider writer Bill Bowman. “Through nine holes I think I was one shot ahead. We were just battling it out. I even went one-down with five to go. I just told myself there were still birdies out there. I knew it wasn’t over. I managed to play the last five holes three-under and got the job done. I’m really proud of the way I hung in there.”
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