BYU and other local golfers hope to end the drought for state amateur titles | golf

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Since 2009, five BYU golfers and one Lone Peak golfer have won the Utah State Amateur Championship’s annual golf tournament.

Here is the list of those who accomplished the feat:

  • 2009: Zac Blair, BYU
  • 2010: Joe Parkinson, Lone Peak
  • 2013: Cole Ogden, BYU
  • 2015: Jordan Rodgers, BYU
  • 2016: Patrick Fishburn, BYU
  • 2017: Kelton Hirsch, BYU

Recently, however, golfers in the Utah Valley have found themselves in a minor drought.

For three years in a row, golfers from outside the city have been raising the trophy for first place.

The 123rd edition of the event brings new hope to local golfers as it is hosted in their backyard.

This week, Utah’s 288 best amateur golfers descend in northern Utah County starting Monday.

You will compete against the golf courses of the Alpine Country Club and Thanksgiving Point in the two-round stroke play portion of the event, followed by six rounds of match play in the Alpine Country Club.

It’s never easy and this year won’t be an exception.

Three champions from the past decade will be in the field, including both Hirsch and Ogden (the other is Jon Wright, who won the title in 2014).

BYU will also have six other golfers at the event: Keanu Akina, Max Brenchley, Spencer Dunaway, Brock Goyen, David Timmins and Elijah Turner.

Brenchley and Turner both played their high school golf on Lone Peak and have played many rounds at the Alpine Country Club. That could prove to be an advantage that could make a difference in both stroke play and match play.

Don’t forget current Knight golfers Cooper Jones and Evan Lawrence or former Lone Peak star Tyler Jones. All three have the ability to take a deep run and position themselves to emerge victorious.

Other notable local golfers in the area include Ryan Seamons and Tanner Johnson from UVU, Carter Frisby from Skyridge, and the 1998 champion Darrin Overson from Provo.

There are external factors that could come into play as well, as temperatures are slated to be in the high 90s and low 100s this week.

When Fishburn won in 2016, he defeated former UVSC golfer Aaron Smith in the final. Smith collapsed in the middle of his semi-final game and had to be hospitalized because of heat stroke.

The first round of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championships is set to tee off on Monday at 7:30 a.m. on both the Alpine Country Club and Thanksgiving Point Golf Course.

The Daily Herald’s sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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