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Blair Wins Snow Shortened Spanish Oaks Open

By Jim Rayburn
   SPANISH FORK – Despite hitting his drive out of bounds on No. 18 and making double bogey on the tight par 5, BYU sophomore Zac Blair shot 4-under 68 Sunday to win the snow-shortened Spanish Oaks Open.
   Saturday’s first round was canceled with snow covering the golf course, but conditions were not much of a factor for Sunday’s round. The pin placements, however, were another story as golfers struggled to hit it close and make putts on the slick greens.
   But making putts never seems to be a problem for Blair, coming off his first collegiate win a couple of weeks ago at the Cougar Classic. Sunday’s round was Blair’s first tournament round since that victory at Riverside Country Club.
   Starting on No. 14, Blair made four straight pars before his double bogey on No. 18 put him at 2-over. From there, however, he made three straight birdies and was quickly on his way to turning things around. By making birdie on four of his final five holes and shooting 32 on Spanish Oaks’ front nine, Blair posted a score that finished one ahead of three others – professional Todd Tanner and amateurs Steve Poulson and Jordan Rogers.
   Tanner, playing in only his fifth tournament in the past year, took home the $1,400 first-place professional check.
   Justin Keiley, Luke Swilor, Dustin Volk and Mark Owen finished two back with 2-under 70s. Josh White and Chris Moody shot 71.
68 – Zac Blair-p
69 – Steve Poulsen, Todd Tanner-p, Jordan Rogers
70 – Justin Keiley, Luke Swilor-p, Dustin Volk-p, Mark Owen-p
71 – Josh White, Chris Moody-p
72 – Todd Meyer-p, Robbie Fillmore-p, Zach Johnson-p, Roy Christensen-p, Joseph Summerhays-p, Chris Stover-p, Brad Stone-p, Jeon Seokwon, Zac Hansen, Brady Hughes
73 – Jimmy Blair-p, Brett Black-p, Steve Schneiter-p, Tracy Zobell-p, Jon Christensen, Eric Nielsen-p
74 – Nick Booth, Brady Machin, Keith Lacome-p, Jeff Green-p, J.R. Shears-p, Bruce Summerhays Jr.-p, Troy Watkins-p
75- Nick Nelson-p, Matt Carrey, Tommy Forsman, Andrew Huff, Jacob Holt, Tyler Miner, Lance Richards, Shad Thomas, John Timmons, Rod Zundel
76- Jed Hilton-p, Jon Bridges, Guy Child, Scott Fairbanks, Jeff Holmes, Jace Nielsen, Brent Simons, Yoshi Suzuki, John Ward, Brady Watkins
77- Matt Baird-p, Mark Gressman, Kyler Lunt, Devon Purser
78- Jared Barnes-p, Shawn Edward-p, Kean Ridd-p, Pete Stone-p, Ryan Hanson, Dane Jensen, Kenny You
79- Ryan Rhees-p, Rick Roberts-p, Andrew Barton, Joseph Jack, Carl Jensen, Nick Munter, Travis Norseth, Michael Orchard, Cannon Robinson, Josh Seow
80- Chris Jones-p, Scott Drake, Colton Lamb
81- Ryan Kartchner-p, Andrew Paulsono, John Shumway
82- J.Z. Davis-p, Charlie Cline, Zach Janiec, Greg Kerber, Russ Madsen
83- Gary Knight
84- Scott Erling-p, John Comish
85- Jay Lamb
86- Rick Allison-p
87- Jeremy Richmon
89- Cole Olsen
NC- Ryan Frazier, Paul Reese, Trent Thornton, Todd Rimmons