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Denny Job Dominates U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Alpine Country Club
HIGHLAND, Utah – When you have to play 36 holes of golf on a day where the temperature reaches 97 degrees at Alpine Country Club, you wouldn’t be shocked if you shot a moderate to bad score. However, that was not the case with former SUU Thunderbird Denny Job. With rounds of 70 and a sweltering 64 (134, 8-under-par), he earned medalist honors and will head to the historic Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in August for the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
“My buddy Zac Blair told me 8-under should get in,” Job said. “My goal was to shoot that score…I knew my game was there today. I kept at it and was able to roll in some putts.”
Job got better throughout the day. Opening with a 37 on his first front nine holes, he then shot a 33 on the back nine to finish 1-under (70). He poured it on during his second round and was able to get off to a great start.
“The second hole I got a great hop over a bunker and I drained my eagle putt,” Job said. “That set the tone for my second round.”
That it did. Following his eagle on the 2nd hole, he had a birdie battalion: 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, and 17. That kind of day will see you leave the rest of the field behind as well as build your confidence.
“I need to keep doing what I’ve been doing, shot by shot and believe in myself,” Job said. “There will be a lot of great players (at Pinehurst) and I’m looking forward to competing with them.”
Finishing 3 strokes behind Job and also qualifying for the U.S. Amateur was BYU bound Cole Ponich with rounds of 67 and 70 (137, 5-under-par). 1st alternate will be the University of Utah’s Mitchell Schow who shot 69 on both rounds for a score of 138, 4-under-par. 2nd alternate is former Dixie State golfer David Jennings who scored 71 and 70 for a 141 total on the day at 1-under-par.
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