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Moody Wins Utah Section Match Play Title Over Rhees
Chris Moody, last year’s Utah Section Player of the Year, won the Utah Section PGA Match Play Championship Wednesday at Hill Air Force Base by defeating Ryan Rhees in the title match, 3 and 1.
Moody has had success in the tournament in the past, advancing to the semis and quarters, but he had never won it.
Moody’s trek to the title include a 4 and 3 win over Jeff John; a 3 and 2 win over Jared Barnes; a squeaker over Milo Lines, 1-up; and a 7 and 6 breather over Shawn Edwards.
Rhees reached the finals with wins over Eric Nielsen, 3 and 2; Zach Johnson, 2 and 1; Dustin Volk, 2 and 1; and Kury Reynolds, 1-up.
Rhees birdied the first hole of the final match, but after Moody took the lead with wins on three and four he never trailed again. Rhees squared the match after the 10th hole and then Moody’s birdie at 12 changed the momentum and he closed out the match with birdies at 15 and 17.
The tournament was sponsored by VLCM and Titleist.