Dane Jensen captures the Fox Hollow Amateur with a sizzling opening round 66.

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Dane Jensen’s Roller Coaster Ride to Fox Hollow Amateur Win
By Dick Harmon

Former Chabot Junior College All-American Dane Jensen fired even-par 72 Sunday to go with his sizzling first round 66 to win the Fox Hollow Amateur by three strokes over Devin Purser and four over Dan Horner.

Jensen, who played high school golf at Pleasant Grove, made a double-bogey on No. 6 Saturday and then went six under in his next nine holes including marking five straight 3s on his card.  His roller coaster final 18 Sunday included a double-bogey on the par-5 No. 16 but he finished with a birdie on 18.

“I had a game plan to just go for the middle of the greens on the par 4s and 3s but when I got that double, I decided I needed to go for everything,” said Jensen, who plans to play for Westminster College this fall after leaving Cal-Davis following a sterling career at Cabot where he was the 2010 runner-up in the national JC championship.

Purser (71-70 – 141), playing in the afternoon flight, was one shot better than his opening round which moved him into second place, one shot better than Horner.

Horner, playing along side Jensen in the morning flight, bogeyed his final hole to post 73-69 – 142 and Kirk Siddens finished fourth with rounds of 71-72 for a 143.  

“This was a great tournament with a great response from the amateurs,” said Fox Hollow head golf professional Rick Roberts.  “We missed out on having some top players like BYU’s Zac Blair because of the change in date for the Cougar Classic, which Zac won medalist honors on Saturday.  The course is in great shape and our greens were rolling 11.5 on Saturday.”

This is the second year the tournament has featured amateur play after losing a major sponsor for what was traditionally an open very popular with the region’s top professional players because it kicked off competitive play in central Utah for the year.

Fox Hollow Championship Flight Top 10
1. Dane Jensen 66-72 – 138
2. Devin Purser 71-70 – 141
3. Dan Horner 73-69 – 142
T4. Kirk Siddens 71-72 -143
T4. Pete Tupola 75-68 – 143
T6. Scott Hailes 72-72 – 144
T6. Stratton Schultz 69-75 – 144
T8. JT Taylor 73-73 – 146
T8. Cameron Young 73-73 -147
T10. Scott Fairbanks 76-71 – 147
T10. Jeff Holmes 74-73 – 147
T10. Jonathan Thomas 73-74 -147


Dick Harmon is a sports writer for the Deseret News and a frequent contributor to Fairways.
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