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Utah PGA Professionals Win Governor’s Cup; UGA Ladies Secure Goddard Cup in Annual Ryder Cup Style Events

By Jesse Dodson

Every year the top Utah Section PGA Professionals and Utah Golf Association amateurs compete in the Governor’s Cup and Goddard Cup, a Ryder Cup styled event at TalonsCove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

For the first time since 2019, Team Utah PGA secured the Governor’s Cup earning 21.5 points to the UGA’s 10.5, earning one point per match Sept. 27th.

“I feel ecstatic about it,” Team Utah PGA Captain and Sunset View Head Pro Casey Fowles said. “It was fun to play like we did, it’s been a hard event for us, playing against the young kids, college kids and the others that are amazing players.”

The morning consisted of Foursome matches where the PGA Pros picked up a big lead, winning five matches out right and earning half-points it two other matches – earning a 6-2 lead going into afternoon Four-Ball and Singles matches.

The Utah PGA seniors Tracy Zobell, Ryan Rhees, Henry White and Paul Phillips took care of business, winning each of the Foursome and Four-Ball matches and only losing one Singles match.

Of the 24 points available in the afternoon matches, Utah PGA earned 15.5, leading to the 20.5 to 10.5 victory.

Highlighting the Four-Ball matches were Fowles and Bonneville Head Pro Jordan Gibbs, who defeated Utah State Amateur champion Zac Jones and top Utah junior golfer Cooper Jones 4&3.

Davis County Golf Professionals Zach Johnson and Dustin Volk also won their match against Brody Childs and Devin Tovey 4&3.

Gibbs won his Singles match against Cooper 5&4 while Rhees and Phillips also claimed 5&4 victories.

In the Goddard Cup, Team UGA essentially had control of the lead the whole day from the opening tee shots.

Team UGA had a clean sweep of the morning Foursome matches, earning a 3-0 lead. BYU freshmen Sunbin Seo and Berlin Long won their morning match 6&5 over Golftec’s Xena Motes and Utah PGA’s Cassie Campos.

The Utah Section professionals made a surge in the afternoon Four-Ball and Singles matches with Motes and Utah Golf Hall of Fame member Sue Nyhus earning a point with a 4&3 victory over Seo and TalonsCove General Manager Kareen Larson, while Carly Dehlin-Hirsch, Motes, Nyhus and Campos all won their singles matches, earning another 4 points.

However, the UGA ladies earned key victories with BYU’s Adeline Anderson and Long winning their Four-Ball match and Sarah Salvo and Annette Gaiotti securing their Four-Ball point as well.

Anderson and Salvo’s afternoon play helped carry the UGA to a 7-5 victory over Team Utah PGA, their third win in four years.

“The Goddard and Governor’s Cups are such a fun day of camaraderie between the UGA and PGA,” said UGA Operations Manager Colin Clawson. “While we were disappointed that our three-peat bid fell short in the Governor’s Cup, we are thrilled to be able to bring the Goddard Cup back to the UGA. The ladies were disappointed last year so it was fun to see their excitement as they came out victorious.”

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Team McMillan Defeats Team Gibbs to Secure Captain’s Cup Victory

Team McMillan Defeats Team Gibbs to Secure Captain’s Cup Victory

 

What is the Captain’s Cup?

The Utah Golf Association’s annual Captain’s Cup features the best senior and super-senior players in Utah. Two teams square off in a Ryder Cup-style match. Teams are chosen by the top-two players on the Senior Player Performance Rankings who serve as captains. Their teammates are the top 10 seniors and the top four super-seniors on the Senior Player Performance Rankings.

This year’s competition was held at Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club and included morning matches, lunch and afternoon four-ball and singles matches. 

Team McMillan started the competition off strong winning three of the four matches and finishing with a nine to three (points) victory in the alternate shot portion of the event. Team captain Shane McMillan and partner Jon Rhodes earned 3 points to increase the lead. 

In the afternoon, Team Gibbs took control of the four-ball portion winning 6.5 to 5.5. The matches went all square at two wins per team. Team McMillan took the points in the singles match portion ending in a 28.5 to 18.5 final victory for Team McMillan.

The UGA thanks Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club for hosting the event.

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Rustand Goes Low in the Last Chance Qualifier at Glendale

by Critter Phillips

Rustand Goes Low in the Last Chance Qualifier at Glendale

Austin Rustand shot a blistering -9 (63) with nine birdies and no bogeys to earn medalist honors at the Last Chance Qualifier at Glendale Golf Course on Wednesday. With the entire field competing for only eight qualifying spots and four alternate spots, all qualifying scores came in under par.

The cut would finish at -4 (68) with eight players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Final Day of State Am Qualifiers Wrap Up at Eagle Mountain

Final Day of State Am Qualifiers Wrap Up at Eagle Mountain

by Critter Phillips

The qualifying rounds for the upcoming Utah State Amateur ended today at Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Brigham City. Both the weather and the course conditions were perfect and it made for a great day for golf.

Boston Watts finished as the medalist for the qualifier with brother, Braxton Watts, as his caddie. Boston is a former Weber State University golf team member and Braxton is currently on the University of Utah golf team. Boston finished with a -3 (68) to climb to the top of the leaderboard.

The cut would finish at +5 (76) with a total of 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Stonebridge Regulars Perform Well at State Am Qualifier

by Critter Phillips

Stonebridge Regulars Perform Well at State Am Qualifier

Home course advantage played a strong role in the final results of the State Amateur Qualifier held at Stonebridge Golf Club on Wednesday.

Stonebridge was listed as the home course for six of the 22 competitors that made the cut. Stonebridge employee Rigo Jimenez shot a -2 (70) to tie for medalist honors along with JT Timmons and Justin Simpson.

The cut would finish at +5 (77) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Perfect Conditions Produce Low Scores from Junior Golfers at Eaglewood Qualifier

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Perfect Conditions Produce Low Scores from Junior Golfers at Eaglewood Qualifier

Following difficult weather for Monday’s events at Glenmoor, excellent conditions at Eaglewood Golf Course on Tuesday proved to be a factor in producing lower scores.

Six birdies and a bogey-free back nine would help lift junior golfer Sean Lam to the top of the leaderboard to finish at -2 (69). In addition to Lam, eight more junior golfers would add their names to the qualifier list for the State Am.

The cut would finish at +4 (75) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Final Week of State Am Qualifiers Begins with Glenmoor

by Colin Clawson

Final Week of State Am Qualifiers Begins with Glenmoor

Glenmoor lived up to its reputation of being a difficult course with only one player finishing under par at the State Am Qualifier on Monday. Zachary Dallimore finished at -3 (69) to claim medalist honors while recording three birdies and an eagle.

Home course advantage proved to be true as more than one quarter of the qualifiers had Glenmoor listed as their home course. Competitors battled rain and Glenmoor’s ever-present wind as the cut came at +7 (79) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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16-year-old Fires 67, Finishes as Medalist at Fox Hollow Qualifier

by Colin Clawson

16-year-old Fires 67, Finishes as Medalist at Fox Hollow Qualifier

Thayer Plewe, 16, had six birdies on his way to shooting -5 (67) to finish as medalist at the Fox Hollow Qualifier on Wednesday. While there were several scores under par, no one came within three strokes of the Orem native with the next lowest score at -2 (70).

Plewe, who started his round on the back nine, was one-under at the turn. It was then that he got hot and had four birdies and five pars on the front nine to finish his round.

The cut came at +4 (76) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Difficult Conditions Provide True Test at Homestead Qualifier

by Colin Clawson

Difficult Conditions Provide True Test at Homestead Qualifier

Participants battled rain and wind at Monday’s State Am Qualifier at Homestead Golf Club. While E (71) would have been a qualifying score at every other site, it proved to be enough to finish as medalist for Christian James.

It appears that region familiarity was an advantage for players as more than one third of those that qualified hailed from a club in the Park City/Midway area. Among those that qualified was a familiar name for anyone that follows the Senior UGA circuit: Bill Probst. Probst, who shot +6 (77), is currently the oldest player in the field at 67 years old.

The cut came at +8 (79) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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Gladstan’s Own Finishes as Medalist at State Am Qualifier

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Gladstan’s Own Finishes as Medalist at State Am Qualifier

Payson native and longtime employee John Ward finished as medalist at the State Am Qualifier at Gladstan Golf Course. Ward finished at -3 (69) on a day that proved challenging for many unfamiliar with the course. Ward mentioned that he felt his round was rather routine but that familiarity was an advantage.

“I made birdie on the usual birdie holes and just tried to stay consistent. This course can be a challenge, especially on the back nine, if you’re not familiar with the course,” said Ward, “For example, on number 10 most people don’t know what line to take. I play here so often I was able to hit driver to within 100 yards and didn’t think twice about it.”

The cut came at +6 (78) with 22 players qualifying for the State Am in July at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

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