By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern
Fruit Heights – Though out of school for the summer, day one’s leaderboard consisted of grade-A college players.
Davis Park Golf Course and Oakridge Country Club welcomed 288 of the best golfers Monday for the playing of the 120th Utah State Amateur Championship. From dusk until dawn, players walked the fairways of the two courses based in Davis County with hope for a superb round one. Blake Tomlinson and Mitchell Schow, University of Utah teammates, share the top of the leaderboard with 7-under-par rounds – one at each course.
Playing conditions, in general, proved to be more moderate for the morning wave. Despite chillier temperatures, the host venues experienced a windless morning. The afternoon wave – tomorrow’s morning wave – faced gusty winds and temperatures upward of 80 degrees.
After day one, the projected cut sits at a daunting 1 over par. 72 players find themselves within or on the cutline but much could change on day two. With slick greens and thick rough, players could find their scores rising in a hurry if one starts to spray the ball.
Defending champion Kelton Hirsch, along with six additional past champions – Darrin Overson, Brad Sutterfield, Jon Wright, Dan Horner, Mike McRae and Nick Nelson – sit within the cutline; each is also hoping to add another State Amateur to their trophy case.
Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley University, the U of U, Weber State University, Utah State University and Brigham Young University each have local representation near the top – proving the strength of the state’s student-athletes.
As the field swaps courses for day two, low scores have become essential. No spot is safe until the final putt drops and the scorecards are signed Tuesday afternoon.
For a complete leaderboard of day one and live scoring for day two, CLICK HERE.