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Holt Claims State Am Medalist Honors, Match Play Begins at Ogden Country Club

Jacob Holt is feeling it!
Holt shot an eight under par 64 at Valley View on Monday with eight birdies and then, with a qualifying spot almost assured, and his thinking cap on, played it close to the vest at Ogden Country Club Tuesday with two birdies and nary a bogey for a two under par 68 and a two day total of ten under par 132. (Par at Ogden Country Club has been reduced to 70 for this tournament.)
That was good enough for medalist honors and the second seed in Wednesday’s first round matches. The first seed automatically goes to last year’s champion Cole Ogden. Last year Ogden bumped Holt from the tournament in the semifinal round, 2-up. This year, with each of them being in opposite brackets, if they meet each other it will be on Saturday in the championship match.
But, there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before then.
There were 12 players under par for the two days and another six players at even par.
In addition to Holt there were three other players who posted scores in the 60s both days. Tommy Higham, 68-66-134; Devon Purser, 67-67-134, and Tanner Alder, 68-69-137.
Kurt Owen shot 72-67-139, and John Owen, who consistently makes match play, shot a second round 65 at Ogden Country Club, the best round of the tournament at that course. His 76 at Valley View the first day had him on the verge of elimination, but he made a solid comeback.
The annual tension packed playoff ritual came at five over par 147 with 12 players vying for ten spots. Advancing to match play in the playoff Cannon Randall, Jesse Clark, Brock Stanger, Dylan Chugg, Mark Mortensen, Andrew Cottle, Nick Griego, Bubba Hall, Bob Mitchell, and John Lindsay. The two eliminated were Wyatt Burton and Joshua Lillywhite.
Match play begins Wednesday morning with Cole Ogden facing 64th seed, Bubba Hall at 7:30 a.m. and Jacob Holt facing the 63rd seed, Dylan Chugg at 9:58.
A quirk of first round pairings finds former champion Jon Wright facing Brandon Hargett for the second straight year in the first round. Wright won that match last year at Soldier Hollow, 4 and 3.
Another former champion, Dan Horner, faces Ryan Sarlo, the son of Ogden Country Club pro Craig Sarlo.
Former runnerup Kirk Siddens faces David Booth and former runnerup Carl Jensen squares off against Nic Booth in first round matches.  David Booth is Nic’s uncle.
One of the highlights of the second round was a double eagle by Eldon Richter on the par five second hole at Valley View. He flew the ball in the hole from 210 yards out. He went on to shoot a 67 after shooting a 74 at Ogden the previous day. His one under par score of 141 easily qualified.
Past champions Dan Horner, Nick Nelson, and Jon Wright qualified while six other former champions were eliminated. They were Todd Barker, Steve Borget, Michael McRae, Darrin Overson, and Jason Wight.
Three former runner-ups, Carl Jensen, Christian Jensen, and Kirk Siddens are still yearning for the championship and kept their hopes alive. John Tagge, another former runner-up, will have to wait another year.
As is always the case some very good players fall by the wayside in the qualifying segment and this year it saw two very strong players, Brandon Kida and Robbie Fillmore, bumped to the side.
In the family section of the tournament the McRae brothers, Michael and Robert, failed to advance, but the Hargett brothers, Jason and Brandon, qualified with room to spare. Jason shot one under par 141 and Brandon posted three over 145.
Last year he was the 64th seed and fell in the first round to the defending champion Jon Wright.
In the extended family section David Booth and his nephew Nic Booth advanced. Nic is the son of Glenmoor pro Mike Booth. David is the Glenmoor superintendent.
Ryan Sarlo, son of Craig Sarlo, Ogden Country Club’s Director of Golf, advanced, but Ned Wallis, the twin brother of Ogden Country Club pro Bob Wallis, missed the cut.
Tommy Forsman, Daniel Reid, Jonathon Schneiter, and Benson Rhees, all sons of prominent professionals, didn’t advance to match play.
Some big name players missed the playoff by just one shot including, Michael and Robert McRae, Robbie Fillmore, McCoy Willey, and Jeff Powars.
The scores of those under par were as follows:
132- Jacob Holt, 64-68
134- Tommy Higham, 68-66; Devon Purser, 67-67
137- Tanner Alder, 68-69
139- Kurt Owen, 72-67
140- Mitchell Schow, 71-69
141- John Owen 76-65; Eldon Richter, 74-67; David Jennings, 70-71; Jeff Jolley, 71-70; Jason Hargett, 68-73; Kalin Peterson, 68-73
The complete scores can be seen at the following link:
http://ghintpp.com/uga/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=178
First round pairings Wednesday morning can be found at this link:
http://ghintpp.com/uga/TPPOnlineScoring/MatchTree.aspx?id=178