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Utah Goes Back-To-Back in Annual Shootout
For the second year in a row, Utah’s team of amateurs beat Arizona’s contingent in the 31st Annual Utah Arizona Shootout at Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club Oct. 2-3.
Utah won the Ryder Cup-style match in dominating fashion by sweeping all three rounds beginning with Four-Ball (14-4) and Foursomes (9.5-8.5) matches on day 1, followed by Singles matches (19.5-16.5) on day 2.
First-time ‘Shootout’ participant Davis Heslington secured three points for Utah in singles on the final day at Flagstaff Ranch, in conditions best described as chilly.
“We felt really good about our chances after how we performed on Day 1,” said Heslington. “Even though we were technically the away team, we felt like the conditions favored Team Utah. Arizona had some excellent players but we played with a ton of confidence and it showed in the final results. This event was very competitive but also fun and I’m excited to try and make the team again next year.”
Members of Utah’s team included Heslington (1st appearance), Justin Shluker (3rd appearance), Elijah Turner (1st appearance), Dan Horner (12th appearance), Cameron Crawford (5th appearance), David Jennings (9th appearance), Devin Tovey (2nd appearance), Steven Croft (3rd appearance), Darren Kuhn (2nd appearanace), Jeff Jolley (12th appearance), Kelsey Chugg (7th appearance), and Nuny Khamone (4th appearance).
Utah leads the series all-time 19-10-2 and has won 7 of the last 10 meetings. 2023 participants Dan Horner and Jeff Jolley are tied for 2nd all-time in appearances for Team Utah, just one behind the record of 13 appearances for Darrin Overson. For players with at least 5 appearances, Kelsey Chugg’s individual average points scored is the highest at 4.46.
Utah Arizona Shootout recap feature written by UGA Director of Championships & Golf Operations, Colin Clawson.