Resurgent Player Takes U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying Spot

 

By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern

 

Fruit Heights, UT – There’s been a resurgence in the Utah golfing world. Have you felt it?

Though a borrowed and modified line from the classic Star Wars saga, it holds truth to what appears to be happening to one senior golfer, Steven Borget. The 1985 Utah State Amateur Champion took on a 40-man field Monday at Logan Golf and Country Club for a spot in the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur. Posting the only score in red figures, Borget carded a 3-under-par 68 to claim one of two qualifying spots at Eugene Country Club. John Schaller – from Scottsdale, Arizona – was the other lucky qualifier at even par.

Beating the likes of Schaller and the rest of the field, Borget continued his hot play on the small but sneaky-quick greens at Logan G&CC. Shooting an even par 37 on the front nine, Borget matched his two birdies on holes three and six with back-to-back bogeys on holes seven and eight.

Needing a quick spark after a somewhat lackluster front nine, Borget jumped down the throat of Logan’s back nine by circling three birdies on the card and avoided dropping any further shots on the 6,116-yard mountainous course with a score of 31.

With high finishes at the Utah State Amateur Championship and Utah Mid-Amateur Championship this year, along with this low-medalist finish, Borget would appear to be in the running for the so-called “Come Back Player of the Year Award,” if there ever was one.

Borget will head to Oregon next month to play in the 156-man event. With a field whose “worst” player can be no higher than a 7.4 handicap and a minimum age of 55, he will have his work cut out for him.

But, if he keeps playing the way he has as of late, who knows what could happen.

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