Mason Prevails at Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club

The Gateway Tour event held last week at the prestigious Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club was a first for both the Tour and course. Perhaps the question now should be when is the next one? 

Nick MasonIn a thrilling culmination to three days of good golf, 26-year old Nick Mason (67/74/65-206, 10-under par) survived a two-hole playoff, against three other players - Drew Stoltz (67/72/67-206), Charlie Beljan (66/71/67-206), and Zack Miller (67/68/71-206), to win his first-career Gateway Tour event. He pocketed $16,000 for his efforts.

For Mason, specifically, the worthwhile part came in the form of finishing with the low final round of the day that landed him in a tie atop the leaderboard through 54 holes -- although he was admittedly shocked it did.

“The whole situation was kind of crazy, really, because at no point during the (final) round did I think about winning the tournament,” said Mason. “I really thought I’d have to get to twelve (under par) to have a chance and when I came in at ten (under), they said I was tied for the lead with some of the guys still out on the course.”

“I thought shooting 65 today would get me in the top ten or maybe the top five, but no way in a playoff,” he continued. “But, the course did play tough out there and I guess you just never know.”

One by one, after his opponents matched his 54-hole total of 12-under par while battling uncharacteristic rain and cool temps in the Prescott area, the playoff took the remaining foursome back to the 537-yard, par-5, 18th -- a hole Mason knew he’d have to play flawlessly to keep up with his big-bomber opponents.

Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club's 18th Hole

“I was definitely the shortest hitter in the group, which was obviously a little intimidating with a par five like (No. 18) in front of us,” said Mason, “but I hit two really solid shots to get there in two and had about a thirty-footer for eagle.”

Mason would end up two-putting for his birdie, while Stoltz (who chose to lay up with his second) fell short with a par along with Beljan (who three-putted for par after having forty-five feet for eagle) -- which left just Miller (who two-putted for a birdie as well) and Mason moving on to a second extra hole.

It was on the par-4, 17th, with both players on in regulation, when Mason took the win with a par after Miller three-putted from the forty-foot range.

“After I saw (Miller) miss from about four feet for his par, I could barely draw back the putter on my two-footer,” said Mason, “but I made it and that was it.”

“There’s no doubt this is the biggest win of my career to this point and it feels amazing to beat these great players out here,” said the former Hawaii Open and Nebraska Open champ, who closes his Spring Series earnings with $25,066.07. “I guess it was just my week, even though starting the day from where I did, I never thought it would end up like this.” Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club

“I have to say too that this course this week was in unbelievable shape,” continued Mason. “This was one of the most fun golf courses I’ve played in a long time and I think it was just comfortable to my eye…You definitely have to be precise and accurate because this course is so tight that the trouble is real easy to get into...I just hit my driver really, really straight all week and I didn’t hit it into the trouble once all week, which was huge.”

The event at Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club completes the Desert Spring Series. The Tour will take one week off before returning for its opening Desert Summer Series event, June 3-5, at Talking Stick GC in Scottsdale, AZ.

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