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Lightning Delays Utah State Am, Play Resumes Wednesday Morning

Lightning delays totaling about three hours prevented the second round of the Utah State Amateur from finishing as scheduled and some players have as many as four holes to finish. All groups that did not finish will resume play at 7:30. When all players have completed their second round of stroke play there will probably be a playoff for the final match play spots. That time is estimated to be at 8:30 a.m. and all players who are involved in the playoff must be there when the playoff begins.

The leader in the clubhouse for medalist honors is Jordan Rodgers with a nine under par 69-66-135, however Justin Mortensen is also nine under par with two holes to play in the morning.

Rodgers just completed his senior year at BYU and his top collegiate finish was winning the Cougar Classic this spring. Mortensen is 23 years old and his UGA card is at Mountain Dell. He is not listed as scoring any points in Player Performance events this year and is relatively new to the tournament scene.

Joe Parkinson and Steve Croft each had chances to tie Rodgers, but after each made birdie on their 17th hole to take a momentary lead, they each double bogeyed their 18th hole to fritter away the medal. Parkinson posted 67-69-136 and Croft posted 68-68-136. The three of them each played their second round on the Gold Course and each started on number ten in successive threesomes.

Parkinson won the State Am back in 2010 when it was held at his Alpine Country Club home course. Croft is a junior at the University of Utah and played prep golf at Highland High School.

Ben Jorgensen also made a  run for medalist honors byh shooting a 66 in the second round on the Silver Course. He was one shot short of catching Rodgers.

Rodgers had complete control of his game and the Gold Course. His six under par was bogey free. He started on the back nine of the Gold Course with a five under par 31 and coasted home with one birdie and eight pars on the finishing nine.

Parkinson won the State Am when it was hosted by his home club at Alpine Country Club in 2010. Croft has been playing in a lot of Utah tournaments this year, but has not yet finished high in a UGA Player Performance tournament.

The cut for the low 64 players to advance to match play will probably come at one or two over par, but whatever it is all players who qualify for a playoff for the final spots must be at the Soldier Hollow scoreboard when the playoffs begin. The UGA is unable to provide match play times until stroke play is concluded, but all players who make the match play Round of 64 must be present and ready to play when match play seeds are released.

The online scoring has also been temporarily inactivated. The missing scores will be updated when possible. The partial scoreboard can be seen at:

http://ghintpp.com/uga/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?archive=stroke&id=263