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No Shortage of Extra Hole Matches in Round of 64
by Spencer Sorensen
OGDEN – The first day of match play brought plenty of excitement and fun-filled matches, especially those that went extra holes. Four matches needed more than 18 holes worth of golf to decide a winner, which speaks to the depth of the 116th Utah State Amateur field.
The second match of day needed extra holes as Kirk Siddens, the current UGA Senior Match Play Champion, edged out David Booth in 19 holes. The match between the two players may have been the most back-and-forth of any of the 32 matches played on Wednesday as each player captured outright leads at least twice before Siddens prevailed in the end.
While the Siddens-Booth match may have been expected to be close as it matched up the No. 32 and 33 seed, the next two were rather surprising as No. 12 seed Kalin Peterson and No. 7 seed Mitchell Schow each had to play extra holes against lower-seeded opponents. Peterson’s match with No. 53 seed Nick Nelson was about as even as a match can get as the match was either all-square or one of the two players had a 1-up lead for 17 of the 18 holes. Peterson, who went on to win in 20 holes, briefly took a 2-up lead after a birdie on the 13th hole, but a bogey on the next hole put the match’s status at 1-up where it stayed until Nelson won the 18th hole.
Schow, who faced No. 58 seed Brock Stanger, was actually down the majority of his match before squeaking by in the end. Stanger, who went 3-up after eight holes and was 1-up coming into the 18th hole, three-putted from 50-feet on the 18th green to allow the match to go to extra holes. From there, Schow made a routine par on the 475-yard first hole (19th hole of the match), while Stanger hit a poor drive left of the No. 1 fairway and failed to make par.
The extra hole match that garnered by far the most interest, however, was the last match of the day to go extra holes with former 2008 State Amateur Champion Dan Horner, and Ogden Golf and Country Club’s own Ryan Sarlo. Teeing off on the No. 1 tee for the 19th hole moments after Schow and Stanger’s match completed on the No. 1 green, Horner and Sarlo matched pars on the first hole as both players had chances for birdie. Then on No. 2, the 20th hole of the match with a gallery of 40-or-so people, Horner knocked off the home club favorite when Sarlo missed a seven-foot par putt.
Plenty of other matches on Wednesday proved to be competitive as five other matches went the distance, finishing on the 18th hole: Jason Hargett (No. 13 seed) defeated Glen Spencer (No. 52 seed) 1 up; Shon Woodland defeated Luke Crapo (No. 28 seed) 2 up; Kai Ruiz (No. 15 seed) defeated Mike Jorgensen (No. 50 seed) 1 up; Thomas Young (No. 39 seed) defeated Reed Nielsen (No. 26 seed) 1 up; and Chris Hermansen (No. 51 seed) defeated Justin Shluker (No. 14 seed) 2 up.
With tomorrow providing 24 matches (16 in the morning and eight in the afternoon) there’s sure to be plenty of more competitive matches that come down to the end.
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