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University of Utah Golfer Shoots Lone Score in the Red
By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern
Sandy, UT – Mountain Dell Golf Course proved it was not for the faint of heart as lone Ute posted the only red-figure score of the day.
Blake Tomlinson, the qualifier’s medalist, showed up ready to play Wednesday with a low round of 3-under-par 68 – three shots clear of second-place finisher Justin Brimley who, for about an hour, was the clubhouse leader. With a cutline at 77 (+6), 24 stalwarts marched away with exemptions into the State Amateur – four individuals battled it out for the final two spots and alternate positions.
Tomlinson was clicking on all cylinders as he opened his round with a chip-in eagle from the behind the 10th green. After giving up those two shots with back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes, he would go on to birdie three out of the next four holes to finish his front nine at 3-under-par. Tomlinson would then match his three back-nine birdies with a bogey and double bogey to shoot even par.
“Golf is a game of a couple of inches: the space between your ears,” Tomlinson stated. “If you can keep [your] emotion under control, you can play well.”
On a course that demanded accuracy, especially off the tee, many of the field found out how difficult this course can play if one fails to hit it onto the short grass. 84 was the number to start the Lake Course and only 71 players finished – several withdrew, a couple had no cards, etc.
Though not exceptionally long, the Lake Course at Mountain Dell demanded a lot from its participants. Not only is the walk – if one dares – extremely hilly, the course can play tight on several holes and have extreme undulation on others. One’s ball striking must be on point if a good round is wanted.
“You’ve got to keep it in play,” Tomlinson said. “You have to be on the right side of [the] holes.”
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