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Utah Senior Stroke Play Championship
By Mike Sorensen
It got a little dicey toward the end, but Brigham Gibbs hung on to win the Utah Senior and Super Senior Stroke Play Championship at Glenmoor Golf Course.
The 56-year-old Gibbs finished with a three-day total of 6-under-par 210 to defeat Bountiful’s Shane McMillan by four strokes.
Gibbs, who plays out of the The Country Club in Salt Lake City, had started the day with a six-stroke lead after a pair of 69s, but saw his lead dwindle to as little as two shots with two holes left as McMillan made a final-day charge.
At the par-4 17th hole, the lead went back to three when Gibbs bogeyed and McMillan made a double bogey after a couple of poor shots.
However, at the par-5 18th, Gibbs’ drive nearly went out of bounds and ended up against a fence. A two-stroke penalty could have opened the door for McMillan. But Gibbs was able to punch out, and his 5-iron ended up 8 feet away where he polished off the victory with a birdie.
Gibbs credited his “really good ball-striking” as the key to his victory, saying he missed numerous putts inside 10 feet, including four inside three feet during the tourney.
Gibbs had earlier won the senior event at the Winterchamps in St. George and says he plans to play in a few Golfweek national events this summer.
Bill Probst, from Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course won the Super Senior division (65+) with a 223 total, four strokes ahead of Dan Parkinson (Alpine, while Doug Marriott and Jon Memmott tied for low honors in the Legends division (70+) at 229, four shots ahead of Dan Telford.