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Mark Owen Wins Doug Marriott Utah Senior Open
By Jesse Dodson & Christian Ledek
WENDOVER, Utah – Mark Owen took advantage of the opportunity to compete in his first-ever Utah Senior Open at Toana Vista Golf Course in Wendover July 31st-August 1st and left as the champion.
The Utah Senior Open, which annually honors a Utah golf legend, this year being Riverside Country Club member Doug Marriott, is not an easy event to win. Some of the best golfers in Utah find themselves in this senior category, which makes for an extremely-competitive event. Owen started hot with a bogey-free round of (-6) 66, providing a one-stroke lead over Steve Schneiter, a four-time Utah Senior Open champion, and Kirk Siddens, two very accomplished Utah golfers.
“I had a really easy round, didn’t even have a chance to make a bogey,” Owen said of the first round. “I made 6 birdies, no bogies.”
“Today was a lot different,” Owen continued. “The wind was different, little harder, different pins, harder pins. I didn’t hit is as good, scraped it around for one over.”
A final-round one over was all he needed to claim the 2019 Doug Marriott Utah Senior Open. He slimmed by with a one-stroke overall victory over amateur Steve Poulson at (-4) 72-68. Schneiter finished second in the Professional Championship flight and tied for third overall at two-under.
“Winning always feels great,” Owen said. “I don’t feel like a senior yet, 50 years old is not what it used to be. I guess it’s the new 30.”
The runner up and top amateur with rounds of 72 and 68 to shoot 4-under-par (140) was Steve Poulson (Bountiful Ridge GC). His first round was where he saw the most trouble, shooting a bogey on 16 followed by a costly double-bogey on 17 that slowed the under-par pace Poulson was at. He was successful and able to right the ship with his final round, carding a bogey-free round with 4 birdies.
View the full leader board and flights here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1840075
Photo credit: Jesse Dodson/Fairways Media