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Rodgers Seeks History in Final Round of Siegfried-Jensen Utah Open

Utah State Am champion Jordan Rodgers is in position to become the first Utahn in more than 80 years to win both the Utah State Am and the Utah Open in the same year. The last time it happened was in 1934 by Utah Golf Hall of Famer Ed Kingsley.

Rodgers has put together back-to-back solid rounds of 64-65-129 and holds a one shot lead over former champion Nathan Lashley going into the final round of the Siegfried-Jensen Utah Open at Riverside Country Club. Lashley has posted 63-67-130.

If Rodgers and Lashley keep up their solid play no one else will catch them. They have each had only one bogey in the two days, and ironically, the bogeys came on the same hole, the 15th, a par five that gives up more birdies than bogeys to the long hitters.

The nearest to them are two Californians four strokes off the pace and Riverside assistant pro Chris Moody, trailing by five.

Rodgers has played golf at BYU for the past four years and Riverside Country Club has been his home course, but in all those years he has never played it as well as he has done the past two days. Rodgers has blossomed since graduation.

He won the Utah State Am in a dominating fashion and then turned pro. He won the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open in his second outing, and this Utah Open is only his fourth professional start.

On the other hand Lashley is a veteran professional and these types of finishes aren’t new to him. He won this tournament six years ago and is very capable of winning it again.

With popular Riverside assistant pro Chris Moody also in the chase the tournament will attract a good gallery. The final group tees off at 11:48 and consists of Rodgers, Lashley, and Chris Riley.

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