Pictured: Dan Horner, 2017 Utah Mid-Amateur Champion
By Megan Terry, Programs Administrator
Wasatch Mountain Golf Course in Midway, Utah, played host to the 2017 Utah Mid-Amateur Championship on its pristine Lake Course. Jacob Boyce dominated his 36 holes during the first day of the championship by posting rounds of 66 and 68, ending the day at 10 under par. Boyce was hot from the start, finishing Round 1 with only one bogey on the front nine. He birdied 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 to card five-under 31 coming in. His Round 2 was almost equally impressive; he finished the front at four-under 32 and the back at even 36.
Despite Boyce’s impressive Monday, Dan Horner finished his 36-hole day just one shot behind. Horner posted 68 in the morning with a 35 (-1) on the front and a three-under 33 on the back. In the afternoon, Dan started Round 2 with an eagle on the 517-yard par-5 No. 1 to set the pace for the remainder of his round. He went bogey free going out to card 32 (-4) and concluded his round with a bogey on No. 18, still posting one-under 35, for a 36-hole total of nine-under 135.
Horner showed up to Wasatch Mtn. on Tuesday ready to win. For the second round in a row, Horner went bogey free on the front nine with four birdies. He bogeyed No. 12 but got two back with an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 to shoot three-under 33 to finish strong. Overall, Dan Horner carded a three-round total of 16-under 200 to overtake Boyce and earn the 2017 Utah Mid-Amateur Championship victory. He made 15 birdies, two eagles and only three bogeys through 54 holes to rise to the top by six strokes over runners-up Kurt Owen, Jon Wright, Darrin Overson and Jacob Boyce.
Jon Wright and Darrin Overson led the Masters Division to become co-medalists at 10-under 206. Wright posted all three rounds under par, 70-66-70. He finished the championship with five bogeys, 17 birdies and one eagle on No. 14 during his final round. Overson carded 67-69-70 with just five bogeys, 13 birdies and two eagles during the championship to earn the T1 rank alongside Wright.
2017 Senior State Amateur Champion Brett Sampson earned medalist honors in the Senior Division by one stroke over runners-up Kirk Siddens and Brigham Gibbs. Sampson posted a two-under 70 during Round 1 and 73 (+1) in Round 2. He carded a bogey-free final round of six-under 66 to finish at the head of the Senior Division leaderboard with a 54-hole total of 209.
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