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April 18 2016
Utah Section PGA: A Close-knit Group
and Country Club in Ogden, Utah played host to a record number of Utah Section
PGA professionals and apprentices in this year's Spring Pro-Pro and Four-Ball
Championship seeding event. In fact, 132 Utah Section Professionals could not
find a reason to miss teaming up with a partner and playing the exceptional
fairways and greens that OGCC had to offer. The record amount of players in
this event is a testament to the camaraderie and friendships among the professionals
of the Utah Section PGA. "Normally we are sending emails to try to get more
players," commented Devin Dehlin, the Utah PGA Executive Director, "but for
this, we had the opposite problem: too many players. If it weren't for Ogden CC
Professional Bob Wallis pulling some strings and bringing in extra golf carts, tournament
administrators would have had to turn many away.
two-person teams competed not only for the Spring Pro-Pro title but also for
seeding in the season-long Four-Ball Championship. Shawn Edwards and Zach
Johnson shot a score of 65 to win the Pro-Pro and earn the number two seed. (Last
year's champions Adam Johnson and Barry Schenk are automatically the number one
seed.) Edwards/Johnson are no stranger to success in this event, they won the
whole thing in 2013 and 2014. Henry White and Troy Watkins fired a 66, and one
shot behind them was Todd Tanner and Stacey Jones.
the round, the feeling of camaraderie continued amongst the Utah Section professionals
as they attended the Spring Membership Meeting. District 9 Director, Kyle Heyen
even said, "the professionals in this section are a close-knit group." A
highlight for the Spring Meeting was a special visit from Claudia Sweger
representing the Folds of Honor, a charity the Utah PGA is proud to support.
playing conditions, an excellent course with outstanding greens, generous
sponsors (thank you Charley Carlson and Terry Outzen), and fellowship among
peers made this event unforgettable. Indeed, the Utah Section PGA is a
close-knit group and it is expected that tournament and meeting participation
will continue to reach record numbers this year.