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Clay Ogden Shares First Round Lead at Utah Open

Clay Ogden’s dominance of Oakridge Country Club continues

By Mike Sorensen deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 9:58 p.m. MDT

FARMINGTON — Clay Ogden isn’t a member of Oakridge Country Club, but he lives about 30 seconds from the club, just down Shepard Lane.
Even though he doesn’t play the course regularly, he must get good vibes from it, living so close. Ogden has played the Utah Open well ever since it came to Oakridge in 2007, winning it that year, finishing fifth in 2008 and fourth in 2009.
Ogden is off to another good start at this year’s Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open as he fired an 8-under-par 64, which is good enough for a share of the first-round lead with Arizona pro Chris Satterlee.
Ogden and Satterlee set the pace in the morning wave when most of the good scores were produced. Of the top 16 scores of 68 or better, all but two came in the morning when conditions were ideal. Actually there was no wind in the afternoon either, but perhaps the unseasonably hot temperatures near 100, kept golfers from going low.
California’s Doug Garwood, who finished second here in 2009 is one of four golfers at 66 along with St. George’s Nick Killpack, Ohio’s Nick Latimer and Salt Lake amateur Mike Branca.
Among the players at 67 are defending champion Nick Mason, James Drew, Luke Swilor, Christopher Shoop, Zenon Brown and Stu Gold, who just turned professional this week.
Ogden didn’t have a bogey all day and said his round was nothing special as he didn’t make any long putts or chips.
“I hit a lot of good iron shots, and I putted well,” said the 26-year-old former BYU golfer.
Ogden, who made a splash on the national scene in 2005 when he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and earned a spot in the Masters, has been playing well this summer, playing in state opens and on the National Pro Golf Tour where he has a couple of third-place finishes.
He said his driving was off a bit Friday, but all four times he hit into the trees he was able to escape with a par.
The diminutive Satterlee, who stands 5-foot-3, has played in several state opens and last month lost in a playoff at the Sedona Open in Arizona.
“I started off hitting the ball well and it continued all day,” said Satterlee, who hit all but one green in regulation.
Satterlee was atop the leaderboard most of the morning and got it to 6-under through 12 holes. However he made his only bogey of the day at No. 15 before finishing with an eagle at 16 and a birdie at 17.
Gold, who was runnerup at the 2010 Utah State Amateur, recently decided to turn pro and is playing in his first tournament as a professional. On his first swing, he knocked his drive across the road out of bounds. But after making a double bogey, he settled down and played 7-under par the rest of the way.
The only two golfers to break 68 in the afternoon were Brown of Arvada, Colo., who shot 67 and South Jordan’s Ryan Ellis, who came in at 68. Those two will get to play in the morning Saturday, while the Friday morning players will play in the afternoon.
The low 60 players plus ties will make the cut for Sunday’s final round. With 72 players with scores of 72 or better Friday, the cut is expected to be around even par.
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Utah Open leaderboard
Clay Ogden 64
Chris Satterlee 64
Doug Garwood 66
Nick Killpack 66
Nick Latimer 66
a-Mike Branca 66
Nick Mason 67
Luke Swilor 67
Stu Gold 67
James Drew 67
Christopher Shoop 67
Zenon Brown 67

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