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Siddens Shoots 60 at Rose Park to Win Salt Lake Senior Am

Bring out the superlatives. They can’t be overstated.

Kirk Siddens shot the greatest round of the year in Utah golf Sunday at Rose Park when he made his ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ score of 60 to win the Salt Lake Senior Amateur by just two shots over Jeff Powars.

Powars shot 64 the first day at Glendale and Siddens was two shots behind with a 66.

When Powars birdied the first hole on Sunday Siddens remarked, “It looks like I’m going to have to shoot a 60 today to beat you.”

That was the last the idea of a 60 was mentioned, or even thought about.

“We weren’t focused on the score,” Siddens said, “we were focused on the match. Powars was playing great and I wanted to catch him.”

They both shot 32 on the front and Powars still led by two going on the back nine. Siddens birdied 11 and eagled 12 to finally catch Powars, and then Siddens sank a hole-in-one on the 13th hole, but Powars birdied to only lose one shot to the ace.

When Siddens birdied the 16th hole it finally gave him a little breathing room with a two-shot lead. They both pared the 17th, but Siddens hit his drive in trouble on the 18th and that changed the complexion of the final hole.

Siddens could do nothing but hit a recovery shot with a lob wedge out of the gunk and that left him 190 yards from the hole with Powars looking at birdie. Siddens hit a marvelous third shot to 25-feet and made the putt to beat Powars with what they hadn’t even focused on—- a 60.

“I was not keeping score in relation to 60. I was keeping score in relation to my status with Powars,” Siddens said.

He was also concentrating on his key swing thought of the day, “focus on the process, not the result.”

Write that down and focus on it. There's must be some magic in it!

The 60 is the competitive course record at Rose Park and breaks the old record of 61 set by Daniel Summerhays.

The hole-by-hole accounting of the 60 by Siddens:

#1- Par- Routine two-putt par. Powars birdied and Siddens said, “It looks like I’m going to have to shoot 60 to beat you today.”

#2- Birdie- on green  in two, 20-footer for eagle and tap-in for birdie

#3- Routine two putt par

#4- Birdie- Eight-foot birdie

#5- Birdie- 12-foot birdie

#6- Bogey. Drive drifted left behind trees, missed green, and two-putted for bogey

#7- Eagle on par five. Driver, 9 iron, 12 foot eagle putt

#8- Par- Two putt from 30 feet

#9- Par- Two putt from ?

Front side: Four under par 32

#10- Birdie, two putts. Eagle putt from 12-feet lipped out.

#11- Birdie, one putt birdie from four feet.

#12- Birdie, one putt from 20-feet.

#13- Hole-in-one eagle- 7 iron, 185 yards

#14- Birdie- On green in two, two-putted for birdie from 40-feet

#15- Par- Two-putt par from 15 feet.

#16- Birdie- Made 12-foot birdie putt.

#17- Par- Hit greenside bunker. Made 20-foot par putt.

#18- Par five finishing hole- Hits drive into hazard area on right. Hits lob wedge out, but is 190 yards from hole. Hits it 25-feet from hole and makes birdie putt for 60.

The top scores were as follows:

128- Kirk Siddens, 68-60

130- Jeff Powars, 66-64

135- Brett Sampson, 66-69

For a look at Siddens’ two-day scorecard go to: http://tpp.ghin.com/Club/Scoring/StrokeCard.aspx?id=24886&pid=1160584

For the complete scoreboard of the entire field go to: http://tpp.ghin.com/Club/Scoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=24886