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Hess Dominates in 57-Man Field

(Photo courtesy of Sarah Brewster, UGA Intern)

 

By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern

 

Sandy, UT – For a second straight State Amateur Qualifier, it is safe to say last was indeed the best in all the games.

Eagle Mountain Golf Course, home for the fifth SAQ, showed weakness and strength Thursday as 57-brave souls attempted to tackle the 6,770-yard course in Brigham City. In immaculate-course conditions, the field succumbed to more bogeys than birdies on the scorecard – excluding the 13:5 birdie-to-bogey ratio that was produced by the final group: Andy Hess, Cameron Tucker and Tyler Herzog. Hess, the qualifier medalist, walked away with the top spot by five strokes.

In route to the medalist position, Hess carded an impressive 6-under-par 65. With seven birdies, Hess’ scorecard showed only one blemish and that was the lone bogey on the 357-yard ninth hole – his last hole of the day. On a course that called for creativity and confidence, the ability to shape the ball was one of Hess’ biggest strengths.

For the rest of the field, each competitor was in a dog fight for the remaining 17 spots in next month’s amateur championship. Things got so close and bunched up that five players competed in a six-hole playoff for just the alternate spots.

Christopher Romney, the fourth-place finisher with a score of 71 (E), proved that anyone of any size or strength can play and compete in golf.

With five birdies of his own, Romney cheekily said, “Even little people can do big things.”

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