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A Crowd of “No-Names” on top of Sand Hollow Open 36-hole Leaderboard

A Crowd of “No-Names” on top of Sand Hollow Open 36-hole Leaderboard

After 36-holes, out-of-state professionals dominate the leaderboard, by design, heading into tomorrow’s final round at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, Utah.

By design, the Sand Hollow Leavitt Group Open features a field of golf professionals from across the country. Four years ago, tournament administrators and title sponsor, the Leavitt Group, created the Sand Hollow Open for the benefit of traveling mini-tour professionals, whether they call Utah home or not.  The goal was to fill the need for a strong tournament field, a decent purse that boasts of an $18,000 first place check and would be played within a few weeks of the upcoming Web.Com Tour’s First Stage of Q-School.

Mission accomplished.

But, that’s not all. There’s the coveted exemption for the champion into the following year’s Web.Com Tour Utah Championship, where a top 25 finish would provide another playing spot on the Tour the following week. This year’s Leavitt Group sponsor exemption went to 2017 Sand Hollow Open Champ Tom Whitney.

It’s a bit unfair to call former Web.Com Tour player and Utah Open champion B.J. Staten and defending champion Whitney, who played the Web.Com Tour on conditional status this year, “no-names” but the average local golf fan is not going to recognize most of the players in the field.

This year’s 36-hole leaderboard shows Las Vegas, Nevada professional Taylor Montgomery’s (-14) 65-65 -130 leading by a shot over Whitney and first round leader David Gazzolo at 13-under. Another shot back is Ben Geyer with the top five rounded out by former Utah Open Champion Zahkai Brown and Andre Metzger at 11-under par.

Montgomery said, “I’ve felt good the last two days. Just trying to play solid and smart, trying to stay away from as many bogeys as I can, obviously. There’s a bunch of players bunched at the top, I’ll need another good round tomorrow. I love it here (Sand Hollow) and look forward to playing.”

Saturday’s final round will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the Championship Course at Sand Hollow Resort with the leaders Whitney, Gazzolo and Montgomery teeing off at 10:56 a.m.

The 36-hole results can be found online: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/4569614945653638907

TOURNAMENT NOTES

The field was cut to the low 50 players and ties at 3-under par 141, with four players coming in on the number including rookie professional and former BYU player CJ Lee. Shadow Creek Head Professional Monte Montgomery, father of tournament leader Taylor Montgomery also made the cut on the number.

For the second round in a row there was a hole-in-one on the front side of the Championship Course. Professional Matthew Moroz provided the dramatic shot of the day when he aced the par 4, 355-yard 5th hole with a driver. Moroz had just three-putted the par 5 4th hole and was feeling a little angry and pulled the driver on the next tee, a hole where many players hit much less.  

The low round of the second day was turned in by Andre Metzger who shot 64 to jump to 11-under for the tournament and is tied for 5th. Metzger said, “I had a good round highlighted by an eagle on my first hole, the 10th. Unfortunately I had a three-putt bogey on my last hole to finish the round but all and all a good day with an unfortunate ending.”

 

All Photo Credits: Fairways Media/Randy Dodson

Sand Hollow Leavitt Group Open Media Relations: 

Randy Dodson, Fairways Media (801) 360-2440