By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern
Millcreek, UT – It was a first for Utah golf as the Utah Golf Association teamed up with the Utah Junior Golf Association for a test-run of the initial Utah State Amateur Junior Qualifier.
On what was an extremely windy day at Bloomington Country Club – a proven test for any golfer on the nearly 7,000-yard venue – 57 junior golfers hit the links with hopes of finishing within the top 14. As players maneuvered around the course, approach shots struggled to hold the greens. Jaren Calkins (Lander, WY) mastered his fast-paced putts in route to shooting a 1-over-par 73 – three shots clear of second place finisher, Lucas Schone (Washington, UT).
Junior golfers – each meeting the requirement of having a 9.9 handicap or better – traveled from across the state, including Calkins from Wyoming, to the paradise of southern Utah. Each golfer and parent expressed sincere enthusiasm in the opportunity to qualify for the world’s oldest-continuous tournament.
The UJGA served as the main-operating body for the qualifier while the UGA’s Executive Director Jacob Miller participated as a rules official for the tournament. Miller said he would consider this trial run as a success.
“The first year having a UJGA or junior-specific qualifier was highly successful,” Miller said. “I would expect in the future that those junior qualifiers will continue to rise in the number of entries and continue to tract the best juniors in the state to try to compete.”
The qualifier awarded the top 14 with exemptions into the Utah State Amateur.
Congratulations to those who qualified. We wish them the best of luck in the Utah State Amateur.
|PLACE||PLAYER||HOME TOWN||TO PAR||SCORE|
|1||Jaren Calkins||2021, Lander, WY||1||F||73|
|2||Lucas Schone||2021, Washington, UT||4||F||76|
|T3||Zack Neff||2019, Salt Lake City, UT||5||F||77|
|T3||Hunter Howe||2018, Ogden, UT||5||F||77|
|T3||Jack Sargent||2021, Fruit Heights, UT||5||F||77|
|T3||Matthew Millburn||2019, Morgan, UT||5||F||77|
|T7||Ty Felts||2020, Draper, UT||6||F||78|
|T7||Gabe Schino||2020, Draper, UT||6||F||78|
|T7||Phillip Platt||2019, Highland Utah||6||F||78|
|T7||Sean Lam||2022, Taylorsville, UT||6||F||78|
|T7||Triston Gardner||2018, Ivins, UT||6||F||78|
|T7||Parker Reese||2021, Alpine, Utah||6||F||78|
|T7||Tyson Shelley||2021, Salt Lake City, UT||6||F||78|
|14||Simon Kwon||2021, Salt Lake City, UT||7||F||79|