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Recalling Highlights of 2012 Golf Season

2012 Utah Golf Highlights
Here is a brief look back at the top Utah golf stories of 2012.
January8- Zac Blair wins Coral Canyon and St. George Amateur titles.21- Dan Forsman wins the Champions Tour Mitsubishi Championship in Hawaii and Jay Don Blake finishes second. Forsman earned $300,000 for the victory. They were both inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.24- Scott Brandt elected to Board of Directors of the National PGA.28- Dwight McNew, long time popular assistant professional at Hill Air Force Base, passes away. Memorial service held in April.
February4- Zac Blair made it three in a row by winning the Sand Hollow Amateur.25- Daniel Summerhays led by two shots going into the final round of the Mayakoba Classic, but finishes in fifth.
March2- Gwen Adams retires as the captain of the Women’s Course Rating crew after 30 years of service.11- Daniel Summerhays finishes seventh at Puerto Rico Open.18- Cole Ogden, Sadie Palmer, and Bill Probst win UGA Winterchamps titles.30- The end of an era. Edwin Watts purchases Uinta Golf.
April2- Zac Blair shoots 61-67-128 to win the Dixie Red Hills Amateur by five shots. It was his fourth straight win.13- Colby Cowan leaves head professional post at Sand Hollow to become Director of Golf for St. George City.14- Tony Finau wins the Hall of Fame Classic on the National Pro Golf Tour and Dusty Fielding finishes third. Later in the month Finau wins the next NPGT event for two straight titles.22- Zac Blair wins Golden Spike Amateur for fifth straight win. He shot 67 and edged four others by one shot.26- Mountain Dell Ladies Association celebrates 50th birthday.28- BYU Cougars win their own Cougar Classic. First win in two years.
May6- Zac Blair trailed by six shots going into the final round but shot a final round 67 and then wins Spanish Fork Open in playoff for sixth straight win—-probably a Utah record for most consecutive wins. He teed it up six times and won all six times.12- Devon Purser shoots 64 to win Glen Eagle Am. Blair finishes fifth, but his win skein of five 36-hole tournaments is still intact.15- Desert Hills, Layton Christian, Richfield Win Girls Prep Titles16- Garners Lead Bonneville to second straight 4A prep title.16- Sirene Blair, Bingham win third straight Class 5A title.25- Bill Probst survives rally by Pat Murphy to win UGA Senior Match Play in sudden death.30- Pat Dehlin, family golf man, passes away.
June3- Tiger wins, Daniel Summerhays finishes fourth in PGA Memorial Championship. 4- Nick Drost wins Dick Kramer SLC Amateur4- Kokopelli closes14- Ralph Emery shoots 77 at Rose Park, 12 shots under his age16- 14-year old Rhett Rasmussen earns medalist honors at State Am qualifying at Eaglewood17- Tony Finau wins Provo Open by six shots with 20 under par score for three rounds.19- Suzy and Jim Dowdy have aces in spades. (read story)19- Nick Drost, Timmons, Dan Horner win spots in first USGA tournament to be held in Utah.23- Lea Garner repeats as Mary Lou Baker champion with birdie on final hole24- Mason Casper sets Art City Am record with back-to-back 64s, wins by eight shots.27- 87-year-old Utah Golf Hall of Famer sinks his 14th hole-in-one
July1- Craig Woodward repeats as UGA Senior Am champion8- Utah’s First USGA National Championship, the USGA Men’s Public Links, begins at Soldier Hollow.12- Rhett Rasmussen wins Junior World 13-14 year old title.14- T.J. Vogel wins USGA Men’s Public Links title. Blair reaches round of 32.22- Country Club champion Jon Wright wins 114th Utah State Am at The Country Club.
August2- Mike Borich wins Terry Malan Senior Open; Scott Fairbanks wins amateur side.10- Kelsey Chugg wins Women’s Utah State Am, 13-year-old Naomi Soifua is runnerup.14- Zac Blair earns fourth deed at U.S. Am; Purser wins match play spot in playoff, advances to second round.16- Utah Amateurs upset pros to win Governor’s Cup, 17-15.17- Superintendent David Booth wins Glenmoor Open; Sirene Blair finishes as second low am.26- James Drew overtakes Dusty Fielding to win Utah Open26- Jay Don Blake wins Boeing Open in playoff over Mark O’Meara.
September 8- Greg Wojtkun wins UGA Mid-Am at Victory Ranch.9- Rich Lee, prominent Utah golfer, passes away following heart surgery.9- Three Utahns advance to match play in USGA championships, Annette Gaiotti, Dan Horner and Mason Casper.17- Steve Poulson wins three titles at UGA Tournament of Champions.19- Mark Owen wins Utah Section PGA title in playoff 22- Five shoot 68, tie for first at Palisade Am29- Bonneville wins UGA Senior 8-Man Team title
October2- Announcement made that Tommy Sorensen will receive UGA Gold Club Award3- Brighton wins playoff over Lone Peak for Prep 5A title; Beaver wins third straight 2A crown6- Julie McMullin, Annette Gaiotti qualify for match play at USGA Women’s Mid-Am, lose first matches7- Jay Don Blake finishes second at SAS in Washington.11- Talons Cove wins third straight 8-Man Public Links title. 11- Alpine wins Country Club 8-Man Title; Country Club wins Senior title.13- High school golf champions crowned: 5A- Brighton, 4A- Maple Mountain, 3A-Park City, 2A- Beaver14- Forsman, Blake tie for fourth in North Carolina.15- Talons Cove, Fore Lakes, Bountiful Ridge win UGA 4-Man Team titles.23- Utah-Arizona Shootout ends in 36-36 deadlock. First tie in series.31- Tommy Sorenson Presented With UGA Gold Club Award.31- Stew Walz, Amy Mayberry, and Randy Hadfield Elected to UGA Board of Directors31- Zac Blair, Sirene Blair, Bill Probst Named UGA Players of the Year
November4- Blake Finishes Fourth at Schwab Cup5- John Taylor Elected President of UGA9- UGA and UWGA Announce Merger11- Zach Johnson, Joe Summerhays Finish Sixth at National Assistants Championship12- Daniel Summerhays Finishes 92nd on Money List; Earns 2013 PGA Tour card14- Colby Cowan Takes Reins of Utah Section of PGA for 201318- Zach Johnson Wins TaylorMade Invitational, Pockets $35,00028- USGA Announces New Rule to Prohibit Anchoring Putter
December3- Dusty Fielding Earns Tour Card at PGA Tour Qualifying School6- Arizona Wins Southwest Matches13- Dusty Fielding Shares Low Pro Money at Nevada Open