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Siddens Wins Salt Lake City Senior Amateur in Style
By: Kelsey Chugg
Guns were locked and loaded for the final round of the 2014 Salt Lake City Senior Amateur, and it turned out to be a real show.
There were two powerhouses at the top after day one, UGA Senior Player Performance Ranking leader Brett Sampson and UGA Senior Amateur Champion Jeff Powars, both fired 6-under 66’s at Glendale Golf Course, but there were a pack of players just behind them that were ready to put on a show in the final round.
It was sure to be an exciting day with so many of Utah’s best clumped together at the top of the leaderboard. The final group out included Guy Child and Kirk Siddens and the overnight leaders, Sampson and Powars.
Powars came out ready to play, birdieing the first hole, while the rest of the group watched.
Guy Child explains the beginning of the day best, “After the first hole birdie by Jeff Powars, Kirk Siddens said “Guess I am gonna have to shoot 60 to beat you today.””
Those sound like fighting words.
Siddens may talk the talk, but he can also walk the walk. Siddens proceeded to birdie the second hole to inch closer to Powars, and Powars answers right back with a birdie on three. Sampson and Child are still hanging around, both even through three.
Siddens proceeds to birdie the 4th and 5th holes to get within two of Powars. He then eagles the par-5 7th while Powars adds birdies on 7 and 9.
Here is where things get interesting, the both birdie the par-5 10th, but Siddens is ready to make a move. With birdies on 11 and 12, he is now tied for the lead! The highlight of the day comes on the par-3 13th, Siddens makes an ace to overtake the lead, which should surely scare Powars, but he hangs on with a birdie. They both birdie 14 and Siddens remains one ahead.
They both par 15, but Siddens birdies the par-4 16th to go 11-under par on the day, and 14-under for the tournament, which gave him a two shot lead with two to play. With two pars on the par-3 17th, Powars had one more hole to catch up, but a birdie to match Siddens’ was not enough to win the championship.
Usually a 64 will seal the deal in the final round of a championship, but not this time. Siddens’ course record 60, with a back nine 28, overpowered Powars and earned him the trophy.
Full Results: http://tpp.ghin.com/Club/Scoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=24886