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Jeff Evans Earns MBA, Turns Pro!
Jeff Evans is blazing a new golf trail, one that has never been done before in Utah.
Following his junior year at Southern Utah University he won the 2011 Utah State Amateur championship at Soldier Hollow. The next year, shortly after earning his B.S. degree, he tried to defend his State Am title, but suffered an upset loss to Chris Grant at The Country Club.
With degree in hand it is the normal time for State Am champions to turn professional and test their skill at that level, but Evans decided to stay in school and seek an MBA degree.
That gave him another chance at the Utah State Am and in 2013 he won five matches, but lost in the final match to Cole Ogden.
Many Utah golf fans will remember last summer when Evans shot an eye-popping 26 on the back nine at Palisade Golf Course in a Utah Section PGA Pro-Am.
Shortly after that tournament he completed work on his MBA and with graduate degree in hand decided to turn pro.
“Rather than look back with some regrets my dad encouraged me to give it a try,” he said.
His dad is John Evans who just this year retired as head professional at Cedar Ridge Golf Course.
“Having an MBA is a pretty good back up plan,” the elder Evans said, and that’s blazing a trail that has never been traveled by Utah State Am champions.
He teed it up in December at the Nevada Open and didn’t make the cut, but he undoubtedly would have won the MBA division.