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Bogey-free Nathan Lashley Leads Utah Open By Four Shots

After shooting 65-66 in the first two rounds of the Siegfried-Jensen Utah Open at Riverside Country Club, Nathan Lashley, the 2009 champion, heads into Sunday’s final round with a four shot lead and a firm grip on winning his second Utah Open.
The four-shot lead is even more formidable with the knowledge that Lashley has played 36 consecutive bogey free holes. If he plays another 18 holes without a bogey it will send the historians into apoplexy trying to discover if that feat has ever been accomplished.
Four shots back of Lashley are former champion Zahkai Brown and Jesse Mueller and another shot back are three popular Utahns trying to keep the trophy in-state. They are two-time Utah Open champion Clay Ogden, Dean Wilson, and Chris Moody. Wilson and Ogden are former Cougars and Wilson was once a regular on the PGA Tour. Moody is the home grown assistant pro at Riverside. It should bring out a good gallery of Riverside Country Club members for the final round.
Already crowned as champion is Riverside Country Club and grounds crew for surviving a torrential downpour throughout the night Friday that left the course rain drenched and pockmarked with small lakes, but miraculously was made playable, albeit a bit defenseless to the onslaught of talented golfers who eat up soft turf. The storm caused a two hour delay in starting times Saturday morning and made it impossible for the entire field to finish on Saturday.
Six threesomes will return to the course Sunday morning to finish their second rounds and it will force a delay of the final around to an approximate 10 a.m. start. Only one of those players will be a factor in the eventual outcome, that being leading amateur Kurt Owen who stands at eight under par and only five shots out of the lead with three holes unreported.
The current leaderboard:
131- Nathan Lashley, 65-66
135- Zahkai Brown, 64-71; Jesse Mueller, 67-68
136- Dean Wilson, 68-68; Chris Moody, 69-67; Clay Ogden, 68-68; BJ Staten, 69-67; Chase Barnes, 65-71; Brian Vranesh, 68-68. (Amateur Kurt Owen stands at eight under par, but has not finished his second round.)
137- Nick Mason, 70-67; Jon Wright, (a) 70-67; Takeswoo Kim, 70-67; Ryan Hogue, 67-70; James Drew, 68-69
138- Kurt Watkins, 67-71
Leading Amateurs
-8- Kurt Owen, 70-not finished
137- Jon Wright, 70-67 (seven under par)
138- Cole Ogden, 71-67; Jordan Rodgers, 68-70
The complete scoreboard can be seen at this web address: http://utpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/utpga14/event/utpga1410/contest/4/leaderboard.htm
The report from the Salt Lake Tribune can be seen at http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58329812-77/utah-lashley-open-pro.html.csp
The report from the Ogden Standard Examiner can be seen at: http://www.standard.net/Sports/2014/08/23/Cougars-shine-at-Utah-Open.html
The report from the Deseret News can be seen at: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609456/Nathan-Lashley-grabs-4-stroke-lead-at-Utah-Open-golf-tournament.html
The Daily Herald in Provo had no report published by 9:40 pm