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By Kurt Kragthorpe
May 25, 2012
Long before he would defeat Bob Jones in the 1926 U.S. Amateur, George Von Elm just wanted to win the Utah State Amateur.
The tournament meant everything to golfers in Utah in those days, and not much has changed. From its founding in 1899 through the 2012 event, the State Am will have been contested for 114 consecutive years as of July, making it the longest continuous golf tournament in the world.
That’s an important distinction for Utah, which also will stage its first USGA championship in July when the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship comes to Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway. Opened in 2004, Soldier Hollow, the site for the cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions at the 2002 Winter Olympics, already has become a regular State Am venue.