LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Daniel Guerra kicked off his final round on the TPC Stadium Course with a birdie en route to a convincing 9-shot win over four rounds of the Snead flight at the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships.
His 92 was good for medalist honors in the Snead flight (handicaps 20-plus) and lead him to an 11-shot win over Heather Taher, who challenged his lead yesterday and cut it to two shots by day's end. Guerra said it made him nervous last night but woke up in a good frame of mind.
'When I woke up i felt good on the range,' he said. 'And I felt good with my putting. I felt pretty comfortable throughout the day.'
Guerra, from Phoenix, chose to play the courses blind rather than come early and play practice rounds. On the sinister Stadium, that may be a good thing.
'I thrive off that,' said Guera. 'New scenery, new courses, new environment, it was all fun for me. Going into today I took it all in.'
Guerra, had been near the top all week, but was tested in round three by Heather Taher: Guerra, Easen win in romps, who kicked off her third round with two birdies in the first three holes. Like Guerra, this was Taher's rookie season on Am Tour and her first Nationals appearance.
Taher joined Am Tour this season after watching her boyfriend in nationals last year. She qualified by winning the Western Classic major at Paiute in Las Vegas.
'I played the best golf of my life this week,' said Taher, who picked up the game three years ago. 'I had a great time and I'm just going to try and keep getting better and better.'
Easen wraps up the Jones flight
Nick Easen won the Jones flight in the 2013 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships.
Nick Easen, from Keller, Texas may have had is Caddyshack round this week en route to a 10-shot victory in the Jones flight (16-19.9 handicaps).
'There were some things that happened on the course this week you just can't explain,' he said. 'There were shots ricocheting off of things...I thought, 'hey, there's something going on here.''
Easen shot his first ever 79 in the second round on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West and took an insurmountable cushion into the final round. But after a front nine 49, he had to compose himself to finish the job. Easen celebrated his 50th birthday this week at Nationals, and says he's learned some things about his game over the years that's helped him get better.
'I've realized I'm not Phil Mickelson,' he said. 'I may be a lefty and have a really good looking wife but I'm not him.
'So whenever I hit a bad shot, I lay up and try and hit a better third.'