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Idaho’s Aldridge Wins Inaugural Sand Hollow Open
Hurricane, UT. – Claiming he “…came here to win” the Sand Hollow Open presented by the Leavitt Group, Idaho’s Tyler Aldridge did just that shooting a three day total of 195 on the par 72 Championship Course at Sand Hollow Resort. Aldridge’s 21-under score was four strokes better than Nick Mason and local pro Dusty Fielding who tied for second place with (-17) 199.
The 30 professionals and two amateurs that survived Friday’s 36-hole cut also had to survive a four hour weather delay to start the final round Saturday morning. A massive thunder storm with torrential rain and lightening kept players in the clubhouse watching the Ryder Cup until the final round could start at noon.
Aldridge pocketed $15,000 for the win and some confidence has he and many others in the field prepare for the upcoming Web.Com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Aldridge has a taste for golf at the highest level as he once played both the PGA TOUR, Web.Com Tour and most recently with PGA TOUR Canada. His best finish coming at the 2009 Utah Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission. Aldridge’s last win came at the 2006 Idaho Open.
Zac Blair and Steve Freisen finished tied for fourth place at 16-under, 200. Former BYU golfer Justin Keiley shot a 9-under, 207 to capture low amateur honors. Dixie State’s Hayden Christensen was the only other amateur to make the cut and finished at 5-under, 211 tied for 20th place with Utah golf legend Jimmy Blair.
Tournament organizers and sponsors are pleased with their first year tournament. Director of Golf Adam Jasperson said, “We are very pleased with the strength of our field for its first year. We hope the tournament grows and that many of these golfers will spread the word about the tournament and the golf course.”
The tournament purse of $68,000 attracted many former tour and mini-tour players looking ahead to upcoming Q-school. Many of the participants are searching for a place to play as they try to keep their games sharp as they enter the annual grind to Web.Com Tour status. The money doesn’t hurt either with all final round players receiving a check.
“We wanted a tournament that would attract this type of field. These guys are good players in search of places to play this time of year. We are thrilled with our first year and looking forward to growing the Sand Hollow Open, said Jasperson.
Sand Hollow Open final results are available online: