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Rhett Rasmussen Named UGA Men’s Player of the Year
The UGA Men’s Player of the Year honor has been bestowed on Rhett Rasmussen, a 17-year-old senior attending Corner Canyon High School. Rhett started avidly playing golf at the young age of three, and his emergent determination to be the best of the best has become apparent, especially after his unrivaled success in 2015.
Rasmussen was a clear choice for the 2015 UGA Player of the Year honors. He passed up his final year of the Utah Junior Golf Association to tackle the bigger challenge of facing Utah’s best amateurs almost every week. No problem. He finished the year on the top rung of the Player Performance Rankings by an overwhelming margin. He won three major tournaments: the Provo Open, the Salt Lake City Open, and the UGA Tournament of Champions. He also finished second in the Utah Open, the Salt Lake City Amateur, and the Southern Utah Open, and earned extra points for making match play at the USGA Junior Amateur.
When he started playing golf, Rhett wasn’t any taller than a nine iron and started winning tournaments at the age of 14, including Junior World. He has grown rapidly of late and now stands ready for prime time in college golf.
Bruce Brockbank, head coach of the BYU golf team, said, “Rhett was recruited by many of the top colleges in the country, and we were relieved when he chose to come to BYU. He has a great future ahead of him, and he will have an immediate impact on our team. It’s not very often you can say that about a freshman.”
“The strength of his golf swing is that he consistently hits the ball in the center of the clubface,” Brockbank said. “As a result, he is almost always on the fairway. He doesn’t have to play from the rough very often,” he said.
“He has a solid game from tee to green, including chipping, and he will win often whenever he’s got his putter rolling right,” Brockbank said.
As UGA Men’s Player of the Year, Rasmussen joins an exclusive list of the best amateur players in Utah. Alongside the name of six-time winner Zac Blair also are the names of current PGA Tour regulars Daniel Summerhays and Tony Finau. BYU Head Golf Coach Bruce Brockbank won the honor twice. Other prominent winners have been USGA Public Links champion Clay Ogden and his brother Cole Ogden as well as Utah Golf Hall of Famer Todd Barker, who won the honor four times over a stretch of 12 years.
UGA Director of Rules and Competitions Jacob Miller said, “I’m not surprised he won the Men’s Player of the Year honor. He is not only one of our best players, but he has the potential to be our next top-level player on the PGA Tour.”