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Nine Players Shoot 66 or Better in Siegfried and Jensen Utah Open

By Joe Watts

How good are these guys?

Nine players shot 66 or better at Riverside Country Club in the first round of the Siegfried and Jensen Utah Open Friday.

It’s pretty safe to say that all those guys can do it again, and again, and so if you aren’t able to post 66s you are not likely to win this year’s Utah Open. There are only three rounds in this tournament and so catch up time is very limited. Unless the weather turns unfriendly the winning score is likely going to be 15 under par or better. Thus, the eventual winner is likely to come from the ten players who shot 66 or better in the first round and any other player who can produce at least one round of 66 or better in the next two days.

Of those ten who shot 66 or better the 2009 champion Nathan Lashley of Scottsdale, has a clear edge with an opening round of 63, and BYU’s Jordan Rodgers, playing in only his fourth professional tournament, shot a 64, which is better than he ever shot in competition at Riverside while playing four years of college golf.  Rodgers turned professional earlier this month at the Colorado Open and in his second professional tournament lit it up and won the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open at Wingpointe. He also won a good check in a pro event in Colorado.

Rodgers is the reigning Utah State Amateur champion and if he were to win the Utah Open it would be the first time since 1934 that one player won both titles in the same year. That was Utah Golf Hall of Famer Ed Kingsley. Can he become the first player since Ed Kingsley to hold both titles at the same time? We shall see!

Tied for third with 65s are former Cougars Nick Killpack and Justin Keiley along with Chris Riley of San Diego.

Those at 66 include 2010 champion Nicholas Mason of Palo Alto, current Cougar Patrick Fishburn, Tanner Alder of Ogden, and Martin Trainer of Palo Alto.

Fishburn is the low amateur and Corner Canyon senior Rhett Rasmussen is just one shot behind him at 67.

First round leaders:

63- Nathan Lashley

64- Jordan Rodgers

65- Nick Killpack, Justin Keiley, Chris Riley

66- Nicholas Mason, Patrick Fishburn (a), Tanner Alder, Martin Trainer

67- Rhett Rasmussen (a)

For a complete scoreboard and individual scorecards go to: http://tinyurl.com/np84v6g