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Wildcats, Fisher Win Big Sky Men’s Golf Championship Titles

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Weber State shot a final round 286 to hold off the field and win the 2022 Big Sky Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Wednesday at Talking Stick Golf Club. Reese Fisher finished off the championship for the Wildcats on the final hole and finished with a 4-under par total of 206 to win the individual medalist title.

“I am so happy for this squad,” said WSU head coach Scott Erling. “They have worked so hard all year and really deserved this. I couldn’t be prouder to coach this team.”

The Wildcats opened the tournament with a first round score of 298, and then surged to the lead on Tuesday with an even-par 280 for a two-shot lead over Idaho heading into the final day. Idaho faded to a fifth place finish on Wednesday, but Northern Colorado and Sacramento State each pressured for the lead, shooting final round 284’s, while Binghamton shot the best score of the final round with a 282.

Weber State wrapped up the tournament with a final score of 864, one shot ahead of Northern Colorado and two shots clear of Sacramento State. Binghamton finished fourth at 869, followed by Idaho (871), Southern Utah (880) and Hartford (887).

Fisher became the first Wildcat to win individual medalist honors at the Big Sky Championships since Blair Bingham won the 2002 tournament, and the first Wildcat to win a conference individual title since Nick Despain took medalist honors in leading Weber State to the 2011 America Sky Conference title. He opened the tournament with a 2-over par 72 on Monday and then surged to the lead with six birdies in a bogey-free 64 on Tuesday. He then shot carded a single birdie against a single bogey for an even-par 70 to hold onto the lead. A bogey on hole 15 in the final round ended a streak of 33-consecutive bogey-free holes.

Fisher came to the final hole with the Wildcats leading Northern Colorado by a single shot and matched pars with the Bears’ Blake Danni to give Weber State the win.

Hayden Banz joined Fisher in the tournament’s top-10 with a 7-over par total of 217 to tie for 8th place. He shot rounds of 73 and 70 on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, before finishing off the event with a final round 74.

Hunter Howe shot his best round of the championship on Wednesday, offsetting two bogeys with a pair of birdies for an even-par 70. Howe finished the tournament with a three-round total of 223 to tie for 22nd overall. His final round 70 came after rounds of 80 and 73 over the first two days.

Isaac Buerger matched Howe at 223 and in a tie for 22nd place after posting rounds of 77, 74 and 72 for the tournament. Brody Childs, meanwhile shot rounds of 76, 73 and 75 for a total of 224 to finish in a tie for 24th place.

Binghamton’s Justin Lane shot a final round 68 to join Idaho’s Jose Suryadinata in a tie for second place on the individual leaderboard with a total of 212, six shots off the pace set by Fisher.

The team title is the 18th Big Sky Conference championship in the program’s history and is the 20th overall conference title for the Wildcats as they twice won the America Sky title during the period when the Big Sky Conference did not sponsor men’s golf.

The Wildcats will receive the Big Sky Conference automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Golf Regionals, which will be held May 15-18.

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USGA, The Country Club and the Town of Brookline Lead Action Toward Greater Environmental Sustainability at U.S. Open Championship

Significant efforts will drive greater community impact for National Championship,
scheduled June 13-19

 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (April 25, 2022) – Golf fans, players, vendors, volunteers and others from Massachusetts and around the world will take part in delivering the most sustainable U.S. Open Championship on-site experience to date, thanks to a collaborative effort among the United States Golf Association, the Town of Brookline and The Country Club.

In line with the UN’s Sports for Climate Action framework, the sustainability plan for the 122nd U.S. Open will significantly reduce the championship’s carbon footprint and reinvest dollars in the Town’s proactive environmental programs, leaving a lasting legacy well beyond this year’s event.

For the first time in its history, the USGA has also committed to baseline measurement and analysis of the 2022 championship’s carbon impact through third-party experts, which will lead to continuous improvement of the USGA’s operations and ultimately further reduce the environmental impact of the championship, scheduled for June 13-19.

“This is one of the many ways we’re acting on our commitment to advance the game and leave the planet better than we found it, so the next generation can enjoy playing outdoors as much as we do,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA. “The U.S. Open is a great week to spotlight what we do to sustain the game today, to show how collaboration can lead to greater action long into the future, and to illustrate that every step forward leaves an incredible impact.”

“We are proud to partner as one of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association and as a neighbor within the Town of Brookline, to implement and promote joint sustainability initiatives that will produce the greenest U.S. Open to date,” said Lyman Bullard, president of The Country Club.

“Sustainability is a core principle and a top priority for our whole community,” said Heather Hamilton, chair of the Brookline Select Board. “We are grateful to the USGA for its deep commitment to ensuring that the U.S. Open not only takes meaningful steps throughout the championship to promote sustainability but leaves behind a lasting positive impact.”

The 2022 U.S. Open sustainability plan is rooted in three main areas of focus:

Reduce: Significant energy and fossil-fuel conservation measures will be employed throughout the U.S. Open, combined with a program to divert landfill waste and dramatically reduce single-use plastics. Direct efforts include:

  • Reducing the use of diesel-powered generators, promoting open-air vs. air-conditioned spaces
  • Promoting efficient mass transit to the championship to reduce single vehicle emissions
  • Introducing all-digital ticketing and app-based fan information, as well as LED signage to reduce paper waste
  • Incorporating efficient lighting sources, including those powered through solar panels
  • Eliminating more than 500,000 single-use plastics from the U.S. Open and replacing them with more easily recycled aluminum cans or take-home collectible aluminum cups
  • Delivering more than 100 hybrid vehicles into the courtesy transportation fleet through USGA partner, Lexus
  • Encouraging fans to use recycling receptacles for food and beverage waste

Renew: The USGA will invest in community renewable energy projects and purchase Renewable Energy Credits to reduce the U.S. Open’s footprint.

Re-invest: The USGA has collaborated with the Town of Brookline, local citizens groups and The Country Club to identify three community programs to improve the Town’s owned green spaces, increase its tree canopy and advance carbon sequestration plans:

  • Planting 122 new trees in the Town of Brookline – The championship will add to the community’s tree canopy by planting hearty deciduous trees in Brookline in tandem with its Urban Forest Climate Resiliency Master Plan. The trees will be planted in Environmental Justice Zones determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts along various streetscapes, providing cooling zones and promoting healthy green spaces in the area.
    • Seventeen trees – honoring the USGA’s 17th national championship at The Country Club – will be planted this spring through a unique partnership with reforestation experts at One Tree Planted, the USGA and the Town of Brookline. The remaining trees will be planted in the fall, for a total of 122 new trees signifying the 122nd U.S. Open Championship.
  • Restoring the Lost Pond Trail: Identified by the Town of Brookline as a greenspace in need of action, the Lost Pond Trail will be cleaned and resurfaced through championship investment, which will also make it more accessible for visitors. Damaged by weather, erosion and overgrowth, the trail will be restored as a viable public asset that can connect Brookline citizens with valuable community green spaces.
  • Ecological Enhancement of the public Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course: Following the U.S. Open, the town will initiate an ecological restoration project at an unusable area of the golf course. Currently a dumping ground for natural debris from fallen trees and other plant materials, the area will be remediated to directly improve the natural habitat, stormwater retention and water quality. Natural debris will be recycled, creating wood chips and organic material to help restore pathways and other recreational facilities throughout the town.

The USGA is committed to educate key stakeholders and fans about our sustainability programs. Fans attending the championship will be able to play an active role in sustainability efforts through:

  • Taking the MBTA subway, commuter rail service or bus lines directly to the championship
  • Riding a bicycle, walking or carpooling to the championship, to limit single-rider vehicle use
  • Using digital ticketing and official U.S. Open apps for course maps, pairings and fan experience sites, in lieu of printed materials to reduce paper waste
  • Bringing an empty 32-oz. (or less, non-glass) refillable water bottle and using championship hydration stations to further reduce waste
  • Taking advantage of open-air hospitality areas that reduce the number of generator-powered air conditioning units
  • Enjoying on-site food and beverage items served in recyclable/compostable containers
  • Following signs and disposing of waste in designated bins to ensure that those items are diverted from landfills
  • Sharing their sustainability ideas and stories during championship week to raise awareness about climate change and community programs
  • Completing the on-site U.S. Open survey to share how they traveled to the U.S. Open as part of the USGA’s goal of measuring its overall greenhouse gases emissions impact

The 2022 plan aligns with the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action framework, which provides global leadership and commitment from more than 275 sports organizations to take responsibility for their climate impact. The program is rooted in five principles that commit to undertaking systematic efforts to promote environmental responsibility, reduce overall climate impact, educate for climate action, promote sustainable consumption and advocate for climate action through communication. The USGA has served as a signatory of Sports for Climate Action since 2020.

The U.S. Open sustainability plan also advances the Association’s deep commitment and proven work in sustainability for more than 100 years. The USGA invests $10 million each year in science, research, agronomy and course consulting that has been independently proven to provide more than $1.9 billion in savings back to golf each year. These savings are realized through more efficient water, fuel, labor and nutrient management practices from which the entire game has benefited. Drought and pest-resistant turfgrasses developed through USGA funding are used on athletic fields, parks, lawns and golf courses worldwide.

About the USGA
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum & Library, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

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USGA Allocates $1.9M in Golf Course Sustainability Research Grants for 2022

Practices developed through the Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management annually save the industry $1.9B in operating costs while creating a more sustainable future for golf

 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (April 1, 2022) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has invested $1.9 million in grants to fund more than 80 research projects in 2022 through the Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management – the largest private turfgrass and environmental research effort in golf’s history.

The USGA’s commitment to the program has totaled nearly $47 million since 1983, and the resulting sustainable management practices have contributed to a 20 percent decrease in water usage and a nearly 40 percent decrease in nutrient usage by golf courses in the last decade.

Overall, the USGA’s investment in golf course sustainability saves the industry an estimated $1.92 billion annually, including:

  • $201 million from advancing irrigation with estimates of turfgrass water use
  • $530 million from advancing irrigation scheduling with soil-moisture meters
  • $295 million from more efficient fertilizer and pesticide use

“A core focus of the USGA is to ensure golf is not only thriving today, but is also growing in the next 20, 30, and 50 years. To ensure future success, we need to continually invest in efforts that can address challenges that our game will face long-term – like water scarcity, the cost of labor/resources, and the availability of land,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA. “We are making significant investments in research projects that will create an even more sustainable and resource-friendly game. These advances are critically important steps to ensure that golf remains nimble and innovative in its approach to long-term sustainability – so that our kids, and their kids, inherit an even stronger game.”

The 2022 grant recipients include more than a dozen universities in the U.S. and represent both short- and long-term projects that focus on science-based management practices, turfgrass innovation and environmental stewardship. Applicants for a USGA Davis Grant must demonstrate how their work will achieve one or more of the three main USGA strategic program objectives: 1 – optimizing sustainable golf course management and playing conditions; 2 – protecting and conserving water resources; or 3 – identifying and developing novel plant materials.

Notable projects being funded in 2022 include: a national, multi-university evaluation of drought tolerance and water use of grasses commonly used for fairways; a Texas A&M project that aims to reduce fertilizer use with site-specific, digital estimates of nutrient requirements; and turfgrass breeding programs at several universities that are improving the quality, stress tolerance, and resource-use characteristics of important turfgrasses.

Formerly the Turfgrass Environmental Research Program, the initiative was renamed for Mike Davis in 2021 to honor his consistent positive impact on the game during his 31 years of service to the association, including 10 as executive director/CEO. Davis joined the USGA as the assistant manager of championship relations in 1990 and served as senior director of Rules and Competitions before becoming the organization’s seventh executive director in 2011.

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The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum & Library, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

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Yongyuan Wins Lady Thunderbird Invitational

ST. GEORGE, Utah – For the sixth time in her career, Chanikan (Pluem) Yongyuan claimed victory in an individual tournament when she won the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational Saturday at Sunbrook Golf Course.

After opening the tournament with a 79 in round one, Yongyuan came storming back with rounds of 68 and 70 on days two and three to win the individual championship. The Thailand native sat in fifth place after 36 holes of play but clinched the win by shooting five birdies and hitting par 10 times through the final 18. Overall, Yongyuan finished the tournament one over par with a score of 217.

As a team, Southern Utah finished sixth by carding a 45-over-par 909. The Thunderbirds improved their score on each day of play by shooting rounds of 298 and 297 after opening with a 314 Thursday.

In addition to Yongyuan’s win, SUU got several other strong performances out of its lineup. Tori Thomas finished inside the top-20 with a 12-over-par 228. Her efforts landed her in 17th place overall. Tanyatorn (Excel) Thalangkarn also completed a top-50 finish by landing in 44th on a 19-over-par 235. Anais Guibal finished just one stroke back to join her teammates inside the top-50 as well. She ended the tournament with a 20-over-par 236.

Arkansas State claimed the team championship by shooting a 25-over-par 889. Seattle finished just one stroke back to take second, and Oral Roberts rounded out the top three. Behind Yongyuan in the individual standings was ORU’s Kiana Oshiro who finished just one stroke off the lead. Teammates Olivia Schmidt and Kayla Burke from Arkansas State tied in third place.

The Thunderbirds will be back in action on Saturday, March 19, when they travel to compete in the Red Rocks Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona.

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Shosted claims medalist honors, UVU takes third at UTRGV Invite

3/8/2022 | Women’s Golf

MCALLEN, Texas – Freshman Leighton Shosted fired a final-round 73 on her way to winning her first collegiate event with a three-round total of 8-over-par 224 to claim medalist honors at the UTRGV Invitational at McAllen Country Club. As a team, the Wolverines carded a 10-over 298 during Tuesday’s final round to move up a couple of spots and place third at the 15-team event.

Entering the day behind Drake’s Haeri Lee by two strokes, Shosted played strong all day with a trio of birdies and 11 pars on her way to carding a 1-over 73 and winning the event. Over her final 10 holes, she recorded nine pars and one birdie on her way to winning her first collegiate tournament. She previously fired rounds of 74 and 77 on Monday to win the event at 8-over-par.

“Leighton was so solid this week. She was super focused and played steady all day to be the leader in the clubhouse and eventually win,” head UVU coach Juli Erekson said. “Inevitably with a slow start we put ourselves back for the team win but never stopped trying to make up for it. The time will come soon for it to come together.”

A trio of other Wolverines also posted top-25 finishes, as senior Bailey Henley carded a 2-over 74 on Tuesday to tie for 16th with a 16-over-par 232 (81-77-74). Sophomores Victoria Estrada (80-81-74) and Caylyn Ponich (81-77-77) followed by each tying for 25th with 19-over-par 235s.

As a team, Houston Baptist won the event after winning a playoff over Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, as both teams finished with identical scores of 56-over-par 920. UVU finished just four strokes back to take third with a 60-over-par 924. After opening with scores of 314 and 312 on Monday, the Wolverines responded by firing a 10-over 298 on Tuesday to move up two spots and earn their second top-three team finish of the season. By taking third, UVU finished ahead of Illinois State (925), Creighton (932), Incarnate Word (932), host UT Rio Grande Valley (933), Lamar (946), Omaha (947), Stephen F. Austin (948), Drake (957), North Dakota (961), Tarleton (961), Texas Southern (970), and Texas A&M – Kingsville (1020).

“I’m very pleased for our second-best round of the season today. Conditions were not easy all week and our girls fought till the end,” Erekson added. “We are ready to get back to it this week in St. George and look forward to building on this finish!”

Sophomore Anna Lesa rounded out UVU’s competitors at the UTRGV Invite by tying for 48th out of 79 competitors with a 243 (79-81-83).

By claiming medalist honors and winning her first collegiate event on Tuesday, Shosted has now recorded a trio of top-five finishes during her true freshman season for the Wolverines.

UVU will continue a busy week by traveling from McAllen, Texas to St. George, Utah this evening to take part at Southern Utah’s Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational at Sunbrook Golf Club Thursday through Saturday, March 10-12.

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USGA Announces Entry Process, Field Composition and Format for 1st U.S. Adaptive Open

Entries open today for inaugural championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club
on July 18-20, 2022 
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 28, 2022) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced additional details regarding the U.S. Adaptive Open – a new national championship that will showcase the world’s best golfers with disabilities – including information on the entry process, field composition and competition format.

 

The U.S. Adaptive Open will serve as the association’s 15th national championship, joining such iconic longstanding events as the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur. Champions of this new event will see their names recorded in the annals of golf history alongside many of the game’s storied figures. It will be held July 18-20 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 6.

 

“The USGA has long been committed to providing the world’s greatest golfers a platform to showcase their skills, and we are proud to give the adaptive golf community the same opportunity to compete for a national championship,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “Pinehurst will serve as a wonderful backdrop as these incredible athletes compete to leave their mark on this great game.”

 

Entries into the championship open today, Feb. 28, and close on Wednesday, May 4, with the final field to be posted on May 18. Eligibility is open to both male and female professional and amateur golfers with a World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Index® of 36.4 or less and an eligible impairment confirmed by a WR4GD Pass. Those interested in applying to play can do so at usaoc.usga.org.

 

The field will include 96 players, with at least five male players and two female players per impairment category. Impairment categories are:

  • Arm Impairment
  • Leg Impairment
  • Multiple Limb Amputee
  • Vision Impairment
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Seated Players
  • Short Stature

A player’s individual Handicap Index will be the primary factor for determining the field. Additionally, up to 20 spots will be filled by a USGA Selection Committee to assure representation from key demographics.

The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play. Multiple sets of tees will be utilized. Carts will be permitted for all players and caddies.

 

In addition to determining overall male and female champions and runners-up, there will be a male and female winner in each impairment category.

 

Additional information on the U.S. Adaptive Open can be found here.

 

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Finishing Strong

Brothers Zach and Cooper Jones carded a combined four birdies and an eagle on the final three holes to send the Sand Hollow Am to a playoff finish.

“Finish strong,” is a familiar refrain from caddies, family and friends for players hoping to close out a win coming down the stretch of golf tournaments.

Brothers Zac and Cooper Jones, winners of the first two Utah Golf Association Player Performance Rankings events on Utah’s Southern Swing, understood the assignment.

The Jones duo, playing in separate pairings, combined for four birdies and an eagle over the final three holes of regulation to pass first round leader Tristen Mandur and send the Sand Hollow Amateur to a playoff. 

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Jones Family Captures Another Utah Amateur Title

Reigning UGA Player of the Year Cooper Jones makes it two-for-two for the Joneses.

By Randy Dodson

There must be something in the water at the Clark and Angie Jones family home right now. Maybe something just a bit sweeter in their Alpine, Utah home. 

For the second week in a row a Jones family member won on Utah’s Southern Swing of amateur tournaments that count points toward the Utah Golf Association’s Player Performance Ranking list. 

Count this one up to sibling rivalry. 

With just a one-stroke lead over younger brother and reigning UGA Player of the Year Cooper Jones, BYU freshman Zac Jones was looking for a second win in as many weeks in St. George, Utah. 

Zac Jones finished the opening round of the St. George Amateur Jan. 14 with an (-8) 65. Looking over his shoulder heading into the final round Saturday was Cooper and Jax McMurdie.

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Coral Canyon Amateur Tees off New Season

By Randy Dodson

With rounds of (-9) 67-68 – 135, BYU freshman Zac Jones took home the Coral Canyon Amateur title Jan. 9th, and some family bragging rights as his father Clark, brothers Tyler (a junior playing for Southern Utah University) and Cooper (the Utah Golf Association’s 2021 Player of the Year) also competed in the first UGA Player Performance Rankings tournament of the new season. 

With just a 1-shot lead heading into the final round Jones was chased by teammate Carson Lundell, the Utah Utes’ freshman Braxton Watts, Dixie State junior Davis Heslington and Crimson Cliff high school sophomore Boston Bracken.

“I’m happy I was able to put two good scores together even though I did different things well each day,” Zac said. “I was happy to finally see some putts go in.  My ball striking was not as good as it was yesterday. I had to make a ton of putts in the 4-8 foot range today. Whether for par after a bad lag putt or for birdie I made almost every putt inside 8 feet today. So I was able to shoot a good score when I didn’t have my best stuff.”

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Utah Section PGA | A Year in Review

Utah’s PGA Professionals enjoyed a championship season in 2021, on and off the course.

The National Golf Foundation reports a likely 4% to 5% increase in golf rounds played in 2021 on top of what was a banner year in 2020. Utah’s golfers reflect that nationwide trend. Helping to successfully manage Utah’s golfing resurgence are Utah Section PGA Professionals, both behind the counter and on the golf course. Here’s a brief year-in-review look at Utah PGA award winners and tournament champions.

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