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Four locals move on from Utah’s U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Bonneville

Jackson Shelley, co-medalist.

Players at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier took on an already stern Bonneville Golf Course Monday, the strong gusty winds made it that much more unyielding. Jackson Shelley and Parker Bunn were two of just four players under par on the day, turning in rounds of 2-under par 70.

Shelley’s roller-coaster round included two eagles, three birdies and eight pars versus five bogeys. Bunn’s relatively cleaner card included five birdies and three bogeys. Both players shared medalist honors and took two of the four qualifying spots.

Joining Shelley and Bunn at the USGA’s national championship for junior golfers under the age of 19 at Daniel Island Club are David Liechty and Cole Taylor who carded rounds of 1-under 71.

Bunn said, “The course played extremely difficult. The wind was so high that on some holes your ball would start to move on the greens.”

Parker Bunn, co-medalist

Relying on his short game and “watching the leaderboard” were keys to his steady play. “I’m a scoreboard watcher,” the Oklahoma State commit said. “Almost every couple holes I was looking to see where I was.”

Notable names of U.S. Junior Amateur champions include Johnny Miller, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and David Duvall among others. Two Utahns have won the U.S. Junior Amateur, Scott Hailes (1995) and Preston Summerhays (2019).

The four Utahns will look to make some noise July 24-29 in South Carolina.

CLICK HERE for the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier leaderboard.