Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov. 2, 2105)–UNLV golfer AJ McInerney, a senior and the captain of the UNLV Golf team, recorded rounds of 65-67–132 to win the Las Vegas City Amateur at Las Vegas Golf Club. His 8-under par total was two shots better than Sam Dickey and Kenny Ebalo. Brady Exber and Justin Kim finished tied for fourth place, four shots behind McInerney. It was the fourth Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA) major victory for McInerney, who grew up in Southern Nevada. –By Brian Hurlburt.
“I felt good all weekend and I pretty much avoided mistakes both days, other than one bad shot in the final round,” said McInerney. “I made a double bogey on 15, but bounced right back with a birdie on 16 to seal the win.”
UNLV Golfer Wins Major
McInerney is a senior this year on the UNLV golf team and also won the Nevada State Match Play Championship this past summer. He also won the Las Vegas City Amateur in 2013, but didn’t play in the tournament last year due to a back injury. He credited being healthy to being a main reason for his recent solid play.
“It’s been 5 months in a row since I have had any back pain and no back issues,” said McInerney. “I have been able to work on my game and not worry about anything else so that has been very nice.”
McInerney played high school golf at Coronado High School in Henderson where he helped lead the school to three state titles. He also won the individual title in 2010 and 2012. McInerney won the Clark County Amateur, another SNGA major, as a 14-year old.
Former UNLV Golfer All-American Edward Fryatt finished in tie for sixth. Taylor Montgomery, a teammate this year of McInerney at UNLV, finished in a tie for eighth.
The SNGA is the official arm of the United States Golf Association in the Las Vegas Golf Region. The organization operates net and gross tournaments, junior golf events, and other social outings. It also has a group of course raters who work with area courses for handicap purposes. For all info visit SNGA.org.