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Plenty of Utah Players in Running for Utah Open Title Going Into Final Round
Utah Open: Clay Ogden 1-shot back after 2 rounds
By mike sorensen
Published: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 11:47 p.m. MDT
FARMINGTON — For the second straight day, the morning was the time to play at the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open, as the scores were considerably lower than in the hot afternoon.
Colorado golfer Zen Brown took advantage by firing a 7-under-par 65 in the morning wave Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into today’s final round of the annual $120,000 tournament.
First-day co-leader Clay Ogden of Farmington is one stroke behind at 133 along with another Colorado golfer, Derek Tolan, while Park City’s Adrian Wadey, South Jordan’s Ryan Ellis and James Drew of Las Vegas are another stroke back at 134.
“I made a lot of putts out there and that was the key to my score,” said Brown, a 24-year-old Colorado State graduate from Arvada, Colo.
He had the best score of the afternoon wave in Friday’s first round with a 67 and then picked right up where he left off in Saturday’s round, making eight birdies and a single bogey.
“It’s a different golf course in the afternoon,” said Brown. “The greens get firmer and it’s hard to hold your shots.”
Even though Brown posted his 12-under score before some afternoon players had even teed off, none of the players with low first-day scores could catch him.
Ogden, the 2007 champion, said the difference between Friday’s 64 and Saturday’s 69 “was like night and day. I don’t think I hit three good shots today.”
He said he had no explanation for the difference in his two rounds and said he was “more shocked than anything” at how he played Saturday.
Still, he is only one shot behind heading into today’s final round and will play in the leaders’ group with Brown and Tolan at 12:12 p.m.
Brown has played on the Dakotas Tour this year, with a tie for second and a tie for fourth as his best finishes. He wouldn’t even be in Utah this week, except that a tournament got cancelled and he came to Utah and made it through the Monday qualifying at Glen Eagle wih a 66.
Even though he’s never seen Oakridge before this week, he said he has adapted well because he grew up playing similar courses at altitude in Denver.
He was even-par on the day after making his only bogey at No. 4, but ran off three straight birdies to make the turn at 33, then added four more on the back, including three straight at Nos. 15, 16 and 17.
Wadey’s 64 was the best score of the day along with Sandy’s Dustin Pimm, who is one of three players at 135, along with Richfield’s Dusty Fielding and co-first-day leader Chris Satterlee of Chandler, Ariz.
The cut came at 1-under par 143 with 63 players coming back to play Sunday.
Thirteen amateurs made the cut led by former University of Utah golfer Mike Branca and BYU-freshman-to-be Devon Purser at 8-under-par 138.
The last two Utah Open champions, Nick Mason (2010) and Nathan Lashley (2009), are both tied at 137 after shooting 70 and 65, respectively, on Saturday.
Utah Open results
Oakridge Country Club; Par-72
Zen Brown 67-65—132; Clay Ogden 64-69—133; Derek Tolan 68-65—133; Adrian Wadey 70-64—134; Ryan Ellis 68-66—134; James Drew 67-67—134; Dustin Pimm 71-64—135; Dusty Fielding 69-66—135; Chris Satterlee 64-71—135; Joe Summerhays 69-67—136; Doug Garwood 66-70—136; Luke Swilor 67-69—136; Devin Daniels 68-68—136; a-Devon Purser 69-67—136; Dustin Volk 71-65—136; Jared Shears 70-66—136; a-Mike Branca 66-70—136; Jeff Thomsen 70-67—137; Christopher Shoop 67-70—137; Nick Mason 67-70—137; Nathan Lashley 72-65—137; Nick Killpack 66-71—137; a-Zac Blair 70-68—138; Steele DeWald 69-69—138; Tyler Aldridge 70-68—138; James Blair 70-69—139; Todd Tanner 68-71—139; Steve Schneiter 73-67—140; Boyd Summerhays 70-70—140; Brett Wayment 71-69—140; Michael Henderon 70-70—140; Zach Johnson 69-71—140; Troy Watkins 70-70—140; a-Johnathon Ward 70-70—140; Chad Cocco 70-71—141; Barry Schenk 72-69—141; Jarrett Hamamoto 72-69—141; Robert Fillmore 71-70—141; a-Patrick Fishburn 72-69—141; a-Nick Drost 70-71—141; Nick Latimer 66-75—141; Casey Fowles 69-73—142; Tom Glissmeyer 75-67—142; a-John Owen 72-70—142; Nate Page 70-72—142; Christopher Johnson 71-71—142; Andrew Streatfield 71-71—142; a-Jeff Evans 74-68—142; a-Scott Clark 72-70—142; a-Daniel Smith 70-72—142; a-Christian Jensen 72-70—142; a-Mason Casper 72-71—143; Andrew Duvall 73-70—143; Jake Ellison 72-71—143; Pete Stone 72-71—143; Blake Moore 72-71—143; Bob Casper 71-72—143; Steve Jurgensen 70-73—143; Ryan Rhees 74-69—143; Matthew Johnson 72-71—143; a-Kirk Siddens 70-73—143
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