Chandler, Arizona—Nate Vontz (Lincoln, NE) shot a final round 63 (-9) to shot -19 over three rounds in the inaugural Palo Verde Amateur on the Devil’s Claw Course at Whirlwind Golf Club.  He won by four shots over two players-Nicklaus Chiam and Carson Bacha who finished at -15 over 54 holes.  Cade Anderson was another two shots back at -13 alone in fourth place.

Vontz’s final round 63 included four straight birdies to start the day while then birdieing the 6th and 8th holes to get to -6 thru 8 holes.  Birdies on 15, 16, and 17 put Vontz into a lead he never would relinquish.  Vontz just completed his junior season on the Creighton University Golf Team in Omaha.


  • Whirlwind’s Devil’s Claw course was host site of the 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals.  Rounds 1 and 2 of the Palo Verde Amateur utilized the exact same course setup and hole locations as the two rounds played in 2017.
  • Weather:  Beautiful and warm conditions with light winds from the west prevailed throughout the entire tournament.  High clouds and temperatures in the mid 90s made for a pleasant final round.
  • The next event in the 2021-22 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series is the Silver State Amateur June 6-9 at Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series is world-ranked amateur series of 11 events in 2021-22.  The Palo Verde Amateur is the second event of the series year.  The Series concludes with the 2022 Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona.  The full Series schedule and Player of the Year standings are available at