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Utah Dominates in Las Vegas

By: Easton Folster

The UGA was well represented at the Southwest Team Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week.  The three teams that the UGA sent to Rio Secco Golf Club finished first, third, and fourth.  Even more impressive was the dominating win by the team made up of Ryan Brimley, David Jennings, Kirk Siddens, and Karl Avant.  Over the three-round contest, they were able to accumulate 87 stableford points, the next best was the Arkansas team with 61.

The teams are comprised of two mid-amateur players and two senior players, with the top score from the seniors and mid-amateurs counting for the team.  Both mid-amateurs (Brimley, Jennings) and both seniors (Siddens, Avant) were complimentary of how the other two took care of business.  Siddens recognized the importance his partner’s good play in holding up his end of the bargain, stating, “we both had our moments of good golf and carried each other when we didn’t have our best.”  Brimley recognized the same saying, “he and his partner did well to ham and egg it each day.”

Both partnerships have been on a great run as of late having won the Utah Four-Ball and now winning the Southwest Team Challenge, with the Brimley and Jennings team having also qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball all within the last three months.  Jennings attributed their good play as partners to the fact that they both can make a lot of birdies, while staying out of each other’s way, and letting one another play their own game.

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