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Utah Golf Set to Host Showdown in the Rockies

By Mady White, Student Assistant for the University of Utah Athletics Communications


UTAH MEN'S GOLF at the Showdown in the Rockies
DATE: Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18
LOCATION: Huntsman Springs Golf Course | Driggs, Idaho
PAR/YARDAGE: Par 72 / 7,613 yards
WEEKLY NOTES: Utah Men's Golf Notes
The Utah men's golf team is set to host its inaugural event, the Showdown in the Rockies this Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18. The two-day, 54-hole event will take place at the Huntsman Springs Golf Course in Driggs, Idaho.
Utah will host nine schools to have a 10-team field for the event. Competing for the team title alongside the Utes includes: Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, Texas Tech, Utah State, and Utah Valley.
Huntsman Springs is located at the base of the spectacular Teton Mountains. The golf course opened its doors for play in 2010 and has received numerous accolades from Golfweek; ranking it among the top New Private Courses, Best Modern Courses, and Best Residential Courses in the country. The golf course is a 7,613-yard par 72 links design with Irish Fescue rough surrounding the bluegrass fairways and greens.
Utah's line-up this week will consist of: Senior Kyler Dunkle, junior Jordan Costello, sophomores Tristan Mandur and Blake Tomlinson, along with freshman Axel Einarsson. The same five-man team competed in last week's Gopher Invitational for the Utes.
The Utes will also have four student-athletes competing as individuals in the event. Juniors Mitchell Schow and Peyton Hastings, redshirt freshman Colton Tanner, and true freshman Jonathan Wijono will make the trip to Idaho.
The first two rounds of the event will be played on Monday, with the first 18 holes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the second-round beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. MT. The final round will start Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. MT.
Utah's five-man team is paired with Texas Tech and Oregon State for the first two rounds and will tee off at 8:25 a.m. on Monday. Utah's individuals will tee off beginning at 7:52 a.m. Monday morning. Final round pairings will be based upon standings following the first day of action.
Live scoring for Utah's Showdown in the Rockies can be found at or by clicking the “Live Stats” link on the Utah Golf schedule page at
Utah golf opened its 2018-19 season last Sunday and Monday at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn. The Utes finished the event in 10th place with a combined score of 22-over par (874) in the 15-team field.
The Utes were led by senior Kyler Dunkle and freshman Axel Einarsson who finished in a tie for 32nd place with three-round scores of 6-over par (219).
Freshman Axel Einarsson made his Ute debut last week at the Gopher Invitational. Einarsson came out of the gates with strong play and went on to lead the Utes in the first round of the event. Einarsson finished tied as the high Ute with Dunkle in just his first outing of the season to set the tone for his collegiate career.  
During the 2017-18 season, Kyler Dunkle and Blake Tomlinson recorded the lowest single season scoring averages since Dustin Pimm recorded an average of 71.7 strokes back in the 2006-07 season. Tomlinson led the team with a scoring average of 71.5 strokes over 37 rounds last season during his freshman year. Dunkle finished his junior year averaging 71.6 strokes over 31 rounds to follow his teammate and make his mark in the Utah golf record book.
The Utes will head back to the Mark Simpson Collegiate to defend their team title from a year ago, as well as the individual title earned by Dunkle last year during his junior campaign. Hosted by Colorado, the two-day event will run Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25, in Erie, Colo.