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Cooper Nelson earns Utah State Amateur qualification with Tooele County Junior Major Win.

The Utah PGA Junior series hosted its second Junior Major of the year on June 21-22 with the Tooele County Major taking place at Oquirrh Hills Golf course. With one Utah State Amateur spot available, players competed for the bid alongside a qualifying spot into the season-ending Major Championship taking place at Hobble Creek in July, which can be clinched with a top 3 finish in any age division.

After 36-holes three individuals found themselves tied at 3-over-par 147. With only one State Amateur spot available Cooper Nelson, Ben Ackley, and Eastyn Ewell entered a three-man playoff. After one hole, Nelson came out on top by saving par, earning himself an entry into the State Amateur.

Cooper Nelson claimed the last exemption spot available for the 125th Utah State Amateur.


Nelson, who plays for Salem Hills High School won the Sunset View Junior earlier this season and was the West Bountiful Amateur runner-up. Nelson shot (+3) 75-72 -147 to finish T1 with Ewell and Ackley. 


Written by Josh Green/Utah PGA Junior Series intern. Photos by Fairways Media/Randy Dodson.