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Gentry Hicks Tops Qualifiers at Stonebridge With 66
Gentry Hicks, an unfamiliar name in Utah golf, shot a six under par 66 to earn medalist honors in the afternoon qualifying session at Stonebridge Golf Course for the Utah State Amateur. He had seven birdies and one bogey and had an eight shot cushion to make the qualifying cut which came at 74.
David Cannon, another member of the Salt Lake Country Club, qualified for the finals to be held at The Country Club next month. He joined fellow club member Jon Wright who qualified in the morning session. Cannon shot a 67 that is normally a good enough score for medalist honors. Cannon’s 67 came with eight birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on the par three Creekside fourth hole. He shot 31 on the Sunrise nine. He will not only be carrying the banner for the Country Club, but also for the seniors. He is 62 years old and has never made match play in the State Am.
Hicks is a newcomer to Utah and played on the University of Utah golf team this spring. He hails from Tucson, Arizona where he won the Arizona high school Class 4A medalist honors. He’s planning to play for the Utes for three more years and then hopefully ‘play or teach golf for a living.’ The 66 at Stonebridge is his personal best score.
“I made four or five 15 footers and that can turn an ordinary round into a special round,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing in other UGA events and plan to stay here for the summer.”
Thirteen players shot 74 or better and advanced to the Big Dance. The cut came evenly without any ties, and Rich Tripp was the only 75 on the scoreboard and so he is the first alternate. Shane Romano won a scorecard playoff to be the second alternate.
Utah State Amateur
66- Gentry Hicks
67- David Cannon
69- David Booth, Mark Madsen
71- Jeremy Tye, Jake Stevenson
73- Jonathan Oettli, Russell Hook
74- Brady Boman, Jack Joseph, Andy Cook, Mike Bingham, G.W. Rodrick
Did Not Qualify
75- Rich Tripp (first alternate)
76- Shane Romano (second alternate)
76- Levi Roberts, Andrew Howe,
77- Alan Davis, JT Timmons, Scott Mitchell, Scott Hill, OJ Ainsworth, Jamie Childs, Garrett Blanchard
78- Rick Groendyke, Jason Gates, Jeff Miller, David Keddington, Jeremy Telford, Thomas Spiers
79- Jake Nielsen, Anthony Penrose, Stephen Watkins
80- Cedric Young, Tyler Hand, Gary Ricci, Bailey Blackhurst, Daniel Johnson, Brad Taggart
81- Greg Jarvis, Scott Hyland, Wesley Wood, Kurt Bernhisel, Kevin Anderson, Sam Haslam, Jonathan Rudd
82- Beau Moody, Jeff Skilley, Steve Watkins, Clint Schreck, Boo Bedinger, Mick Mahler
83- Brett Wall, Benjamin Taylor, Ryan Brinkman, David Baker, Carson Huiskamp, Jim Burckle, Mike Starks, Travis Hilton
84- Jeff Shew
85- Rodney Hand, Lance Platt, Aaron Adams
86- Dan Ihler, Richard Durham
87- Evert Lawson, Mark Davis
88- Jeff Manzanares, Tom Gatta
89- Chris Herbert, Shaun Healy
92- Curtis Fisher
93- Anthony Randazzo, Brian Robbs
95- Garrett Merback
96- Henry Herrern
97- Bret Riley
100- Bradley Jeppson
DQ- Bob Deardorff
WD- Todd Timmons, Josh Colledge, Nicholas Owens
NS- Chad Corbin