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Golfer believes day two birdies were key to victory in VOC


Oakcreek Country Club  golf pro Gabe Berjona got his first hole-in-one Saturday, July 10, on  hole 13 in day two of the Open.The 11th annual Sedona Open crowned a new champion Sunday, July 11, with Las Cruces, N.M., native Matt Edwards shooting a 202 for 14-under-par during the 54-hole event.

“I played really well. I struggled hitting it off the tee Sunday, but I managed to get around that,” Edwards said. “I figured everyone is a good player. If I played my game and hit a lot of greens I would be successful.”

It was Edwards’ first time back to the Oakcreek Country Club Golf Course since high school and his first Open experience.

Charlie Beljan  fired an Oakcreek Country Club Golf Course record 62 [-10] on Friday,  July 9, in day one of the 11th annual Sedona Open. Beljan finished fifth  overall with a 206 [-10] having shot a disappointing 75 [+3] on day two  and a respectable 69 [-3] on day three.Three-time defending Sedona Open champion Tom Kalinowski was not present during the three-day event this past weekend.

Edwards was tied for second place going into the Open’s final day Sunday with a 135 [-9], one stroke behind tournament leader Nicholas Manfre at the time [134] and tied with Brian Hughes [135].

“The second round I played really well, and only had one bogey and that was on 18. I made three birdies on the first three holes on the back nine on day two which got me the lead and that was the turning point,” Edwards said.

On Sunday, Edwards fired an impressive 67 [-5] to beat out Hughes’ 68 [-4].

The best 18 holes Sunday came from Andrew Rauscher who shot a 65 [-7]. Bray Renny also shot a 65 on Sunday.

The best round for the tournament, however, came from a man out of Mesa in Charlie Beljan who shot an Oakcreek Country Club Golf Course record 62 [-10] on Friday, July 9, the first day of play in the Open.

Brian Hughes took second  overall in the 11th annual Sedona Open this past weekend, one stroke  behind the leader with a 203 [-13].Beljan was the tournament’s first leader after one day of play but his 75 [+3] on Saturday, July 10, took him back a step.

“What a great first day for Charlie [Beljan]. His 75 on day two is pretty much the course getting back at him,” Oakcreek Country Club golf pro Gabe Beronja said while laughing. Beljan was unavailable for comment.

Overall, with Edwards taking home first place, Hughes claimed second, finishing only one stroke behind Edwards with a 203 [-13] while Manfre took third with a 205 [-11].

Matt Edwards shot a 67 [-5] on day three Sunday, July 11, of the 11th annual Sedona Open. The  5-under-par performance earned him the championship, as he finished first overall with a 202 [-14].Rauscher tied with Manfre for third place with a 205 and Beljan wound up in fifth with a 206 [-10], despite his 69 [-3] on Sunday.

Other notables include Sedona’s own Chris O’Connor, who shot a 217 [+1] on the tournament, recording his best round of the three-day event Sunday with a 68 [-4]. His effort was good enough to tie for 30th place overall.

Chad Seekins of Camp Verde shot a 225 [+9] to tie for 49th overall and Ollie Hundelt of Sedona took eighth overall in the senior division with a 269 [+53].

Ralph West of Avondale took first overall in the senior event with a 204, good enough for 12-under-par.


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