Gabriel Salvanera wins Desert Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf ClubMaricopa, Arizona—Gabriel Salvanera (San Tan Valley, AZ) shot a final round 10-under par 62 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes to win the Desert Amateur.  Salvanera finished four shots ahead of his Arizona State teammate Jose Luis Ballester (Spain) and seven shots clear of Brock Polhill (Edmond, OK).  Overnight leader Jeewon Park, another Sun Devil golfer, shot 73 and finished in a tie for 4th with William McDonald of Oklahoma City.  In all 21 players finished under par.

SALVANERA ON THE WIN:  “First and foremost, none of this would be possible without God, my family, my friends, and coaches.  Throughout the tournament my ball striking was really good and I just needed to see some putts drop.  Fortunately during the final round they did.  I’m still learning and growing in each tournament.  I plan to continue to get better and make an impact next spring with my boys at ASU.”

Southern Dunes, known widely as one of the premier tournament sites in Arizona, also hosts the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series’ Championship event, the Saguaro Amateur, along with US Open qualifiers, Korn Ferry Tour School, the Arizona Open, and Arizona Amateur.  Perfect course, scoring, and weather conditions ruled the weekend for the 2nd Desert Amateur.

Full results and statistics can be found at or with the GGID DESERTAM21 on the Golf Genius app.

TROON SAGUARO AMATEUR SERIES:  The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series is world-ranked amateur tournament series of 10 events in 2021-22.  The Desert Amateur is the seventh event of the 2021-22 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 as well as at  The next event will be the Agave Amateur December 17-20 at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, California.