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Justin Shluker Sweeps Salt Lake City Majors

With his two-stroke victory in the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Salt Lake City Open, Justin Shluker became the first player to claim both the SLC Amateur and Open in the same year since 1966.

Justin Shluker is anticipating a relocation to Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood in the coming weeks. The move will give him another landmark to remember a year when he has thrived on some of the city’s most prized property.

Just to extend the theme, Shluker made history Sunday at Bonneville Golf Course with a victory in a golf tournament sponsored by a real estate firm. With his two-stroke victory over PGA Professionals Mark Owen and Casey Fowles in the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Salt Lake City Open, Shluker became the first player to claim both the SLC Amateur and Open in the same year since Bruce Summerhays in 1966.

Shluker, 27, shot 67-67 at Bonneville in June and came back with a 67-65 showing that featured an eagle in each round. He finished at 12 under par, while playing eight par-5 holes in 10 under for two days.

Read more from the Salt Lake City Open from Kurt Kragthorpe in Fairways Photo Journal, CLICK HERE.

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BYU players off to the U.S. Amateur

BYU golfers Carson Brock Goyen, David Timmins, Elijah Turner and Carson Lundell will tee it up in the U.S. Amateur, next week.

 

BYU men’s golfers Carson Lundell, David Timmins, Elijah Turner and Brock Goyen advanced through local qualifying and will play in the United States Amateur Championship at Ridgewood Country Club, August 15-21 in Paramus, New Jersey.

“There are so many great players in every qualifier, so it was nice to see them step up, play some great golf and earn the opportunity to compete for a national championship,” said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. “The USGA always puts on great events that will really test every part of their game, so I hope they can play the same kind of golf in New Jersey next week.”

BYU’s Carson Lundell

For the second year in a row three BYU men’s golf teammates qualified for the US Amateur by way of Utah’s local 36-hole qualifier. Lundell shot (-12) 132 to earn medalist honors. Turner (-7) and David Timmins (-6) also will head to the national championship.

Lundell will be making his third-straight trip to the U.S. Am, with Timmins qualifying for the second year in a row. Turner and Goyen will each make their first appearance at the national championship.

Lundell, an Alpine native, comes off a season in which he was named an honorable mention All-American for the second-straight year and led BYU in scoring average, top-25 finishes, top-10s and top-5s while grabbing two individual titles. Lundell was key in the Cougars earning a trip to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in May where they finished 21st.

BYU’s David Timmins

Timmins had a breakout year as he became a solid force for the Cougars down the stretch. The senior from Sandy recorded four top-15 finishes, three top-10s and two top-5s this season, including a runner-up finish at the Cougar Classic.

“I’m so proud of my guys for working hard all year and earning the opportunity to compete at the highest level,” said captain David Timmins. “Having BYU sweep the Utah qualifier and Brock earn a spot in Arizona shows the effort our team has been making to elevate our play and I am excited to share this experience with three of my good friends.”

Turner posted rounds of 68-69—137 at Alpine Country Club in June to earn a spot in this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship. The Lone Peak product teed it up in six events for the Cougars during the 2021-22 season and will return this fall as a fifth-year senior.

BYU’s Elijah Turner

“I played in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2016 and the experience I had there makes me want to qualify for every USGA championship I can,” said Turner. “The USGA puts on great events at some of the best courses in the country that test every aspect of your game. So, to say that I’m excited to tee it up is an understatement.”

Goyen grabbed a top-10 finish at the 2022 edition of the PING Cougar Classic and, like Turner, will be returning for his fifth year of eligibility with the Cougars. The Gilbert, Arizona product fired rounds of 67-66—133 at Longbow Golf Club to punch his ticket to New Jersey.

 

U.S. Amateur advance feature written by Austen Rustand, BYU Men’s and Women’s Golf communications manager.

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Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship

“I knew I was in the hunt pretty much the whole back nine. Kinda did what I could. All in all it was a good day. I kinda left it all out there and tried my best, for sure.” – Patrick Fishburn

The Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship, presented by Zions Bank, never fails to produce intriguing storylines, crazy finishes and weather disruptions, and the 2022 version was no different.

But there was an additional twist, much to the delight of local golf fans — and fans of Brigham Young University’s men’s golf team. No fewer than seven golfers with BYU ties — five former Cougars and two current Cougars — made the field at Oakridge Country Club.

That’s gotta be some sort of record. With apologies to all the non-BYU fans out there, the Utah Championship had the threat of becoming the BYU Championship — until a rookie longshot from Auburn rallied late and stole the show.

Read Deseret News sportswriter and long-time Fairways contributor Jay Drew’s Utah Championship recap feature in Fairways Photo Journal, CLICK HERE.

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116th Utah Women’s State Am Champ: Kelsey Chugg

“One for the thumb,” was four-time champ Keley Chugg’s motivation in a well-earned victory at Ogden Golf and Country Club.

 

Kelsey Chugg’s golf ball took a big bounce and struck the flagstick on the No. 2 green, settling 2 feet from the hole in what she labeled “a gift,” after having struck her chip shot too firmly.

A few hours later, on the par-3 No. 18, Chugg’s ball landed softly enough to stay on the ledge instead of trickling down the steep slope in front of the green, much to her relief.

Chugg definitely earned her 1-up victory over BYU sophomore Adeline Anderson in Thursday’s 18-hole final match of the 116th Women’s State Amateur at Ogden Golf & Country Club. Yet some degree of destiny may have factored into her fifth title, an achievement that was made more satisfying by where it happened and how long it took.

She spent childhood summers in Ogden and played for Weber State, so the 31-year-old Chugg enjoyed winning on one of her favorite courses. Chugg aptly described her fifth championship as “elusive,” considering that after her first victory in 2012, she won three more times in the next five years. No. 5 took four attempts, with two semifinal losses and a defeat in the 2020 final match (she didn’t compete in 2019).

Chugg’s first title in her 30s also was the first that required winning five matches, after the Utah Golf Association’s expansion to a 32-golfer bracket. And in the last three rounds, she outplayed BYU golfers Kerstin Fotu, Berlin Long and Anderson.

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4-time winner Kelsey Chugg will face BYU’s Adeline Anderson in championship match of 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur

Chugg, a former Weber State golfer and the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, downed Berlin Long in a tight semifinal on Wednesday, while Anderson ousted 2018 champ Tess Blair of Sacramento State.

To win “one for the thumb” at the 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur, Salt Lake City associate golf director Kelsey Chugg will have to get through one of the standouts on the BYU women’s golf team.

Thursday’s 18-hole championship match at Ogden Golf & Country Club will feature Chugg, an Ogden native and a four-time winner of the event, against BYU rising sophomore Adeline Anderson.

Chugg, who played collegiately at Weber State in 2012-13 and has toured Ogden G&CC more than 50 times, by her own estimation, last won the title in 2017, the same year she won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Houston.

Anderson prepped at Buena High School in Ventura, California, and was a contributor for coach Carrie Roberts’ BYU team the past season as a freshman, appearing in 11 events and posting three top-25 finishes as the Cougars’ No. 5 player in most cases.

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Tony Finau | At the Top of His Game

“To me, at this point in my career, it’s so much about the satisfaction of winning golf tournaments and playing against the best player in the world (on) what I feel is the best tour in the world,” – Tony Finau

 

Taylor Pendrith played some of his best golf for three-plus rounds in Michigan and proven star Patrick Cantlay made a Sunday charge. Yet as it turned out, the only person who could have stopped Tony Finau from winning consecutive PGA Tour events was his wife.

Alayna Finau packed up the couple’s five children and went home to Lehi after the family witnessed Finau’s win in the 3M Open in Minnesota. She suggested that her husband withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and celebrate the victory with them, but he stuck with his plan.

It’s OK,” he assured her. “When I come home, I’ll have two wins.”

Sure enough, Finau stood on the driving range of Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, displaying two trophies Monday as he hosted the Tony Finau Foundation Golf Classic. The annual pro-am event is tied into the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship that begins Thursday.

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Former champion Grace Summerhays eliminated at 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur in a Round of 16 match

Ex-New Mexico golfer Sarah Salvo, returning to competitive golf after a 10-year hiatus, upsets the 2020 winner to move into Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Ogden Golf & Country Club

Former University of New Mexico golfer Sarah Salvo returned to competitive golf last November after taking about 10 years off from the sport, but is already making a big impact at the 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur at Ogden Golf & Country Club this week.

Salvo, who grew up in Glendale, California, upset 2020 champion Grace Summerhays 4 and 2 in a Round of 16 match Tuesday afternoon to move into Wednesday’s quarterfinals. She’s playing in her first Utah Women’s State Am, and so far, so good.

After shooting a 2-over 74 in Monday’s 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round to tie for sixth, Salvo downed Nuny Khamone-Khamken 7 and 5 Tuesday morning in the Round of 32. She knew nothing about Summerhays, an Arizona State golfer.

“After the first round, I walked by the sign with her picture on it and I was like, oh, OK, cool,” Salvo told Fairways magazine. “I knew it was going to be a fun afternoon.”

Read more from day 2 at the Utah Women’s State Amateur by Deseret News Sportswriter Jay Drew, CLICK HERE.

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Blair Medalist, 32 Players Set for Match Play at 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur

Utah Women’s State Amateur stroke play medalist Tess Blair discusses tee shot strategy with caddie/father, Bob Blair.

Former champions, all five of them, teed off Monday’s stroke play qualifying round of the 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur. Defending champion Lila Galeai launched the first ball in the air off of the No.1 hole at Ogden Golf and Country Club to begin the championship which features a smaller but stronger field than the last few years.

At the end of the day it was 2018 champion Tess Blair earning medalist honors with a (-2) 70 to claim the number one seed in Tuesday’s match play round of 32 players.

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116th Utah Women’s State Amateur Tees Off Monday

From humble beginnings at Provo’s East Bay Golf Course to the BYU women’s golf team, Lila Galea’i has proven her mettle.

The 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur championship golf tournament at Ogden Golf & Country Club will feature one of the strongest fields in the history of the event, especially with 2020 champion Grace Summerhays of the Arizona State University women’s golf team in the field.

But the girls and women won’t necessarily be chasing the 18-year-old Summerhays, who took the title two years ago at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.

There was a new champion last year, and the long-hitting Lila Galea’i of the BYU women’s golf team is as intimidating with her length as any player in recent memory.

Read more from Deseret News Sports’ Jay Drew, CLICK HERE.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 August 1 Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes)

Match Play:
August 2 Round of 32 (AM), Round of 16 (PM)
August 3 Quarter-Finals (AM) Semi-Finals (PM)
August 4 Championship Match (18 hole final, AM)

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