Four-Ball Championship Winners Crowned

The Utah Section PGA Four-Ball Championship concluded June 29th at Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club. This year marked the first time the Four-Ball bracket expanded to include more than 32 teams. With a record-breaking participation of 46 teams, Ryan Rhees (The Oaks GC) and Tracy Zobell (Gladstan GC) emerged as the champions!

(L-R) Tracy Zobell and Ryan Rhees

The event commenced on April 24th at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club with a seeding round combined with the Spring Pro-Pro, followed by the first two rounds the next day. The weather proved challenging for all players with strong winds and cold conditions. Rounds 3 and 4 were played at Valley View GC on the last day of May, setting up the semi-finals between Joe and Bruce Summerhays versus Ryan Rhees/Tracy Zobell, and Thomas Cook/Tristan Hartfiel versus Clark Garso/Paul Phillips. Joe Summerhays was absent as he had qualified for the U.S. Senior Open and teed off in Wisconsin at 12:40 for the opening round.

Despite Bruce’s best efforts without his partner, his 4-under through 14 holes fell short as Rhees/Zobell won 5 & 4. and secured their spot in the championship match. Clark Garso and Paul Phillips lost to Thomas Cook and Tristan Hartfiel on the 17th hole, 2 & 1. Phillips commented on their close match, stating, “We didn’t lose, rather we got beat,” acknowledging the excellent play by Cook and Hartfiel.

The championship match between Rhees/Zobell and Cook/Hartfiel was a thrilling encounter with a total of 15 birdies from both teams, 10 of which were made just to tie the hole.

Cook and Hartfiel took an early lead with a birdie on the first hole, maintaining a one-hole advantage for the next five holes, matching three more birdies and two pars by Zobell and Rhees. Zobell/Rhees managed to level the match with a birdie on the 7th hole, and then took a one-hole lead with another birdie on the par 3, 11th hole. However, their lead was short-lived as Hartfiel stuffed his approach shot on the 12th hole which resulted in a tap-in birdie, once again tying the match.

The match remained tied with more birdies and pars until the 16th hole, where Zobell lipped in a birdie putt while Hartfiel and Cook lipped out their birdie chances. Zobell/Rhees entered the 17th hole with a one-hole lead, with only two holes left to play. The 17th hole, playing downhill and downwind, saw Rhees as the only player to find the green with his tee shot. After valiant efforts from Cook and Hartfiel to save par, the hole concluded with Hartfiel’s ball skimming the edge of the hole and stopping just outside.

Congratulations to this year’s champions, Ryan Rhees and Tracy Zobell!

We extend our gratitude to all the participants and our host courses, Thanksgiving Point, Valley View, and Jeremy Ranch. You can find the full Four-Ball Championship bracket by clicking here.


Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifier at Mountain View

Contestants hoping to play at Augusta National next spring made their first stop at Mountain View Golf Course for the Local Qualifier of the Drive, Chip & Putt program June 23rd.

Due to the nature of the Drive, Chip & Putt format, contestants only hit nine shots, three drives, three chips, and three putts. Scores are based on the distance of each drive as well as each ball’s proximity to the pin in the chipping and putting categories.

Perry Shaffer led the event in scoring, while leading the Boys 12-13 age division with 154 points on a 34-50-70 split. Earning his way into the Sub-Regional on August 25th taking place at Glenmoor Golf Club. Cole Frazier and Tommy Bagley also earned qualification by placing top three in the Boys 12-13 age division with Frazier scoring 134 and Bagley scoring 113.

Landon Lieu captured the Boys 14-15 division title with 149 points earning qualification into the Sub-Regional Qualifier followed by Connor Oettli and James Meadows who will join Lieu at the Sub-Regional. 

Girls 14-15 division winner Natalie McLane led all girls in scoring putting up 137 thanks to a strong driving performance where she scored 56. Taylor Weingarten and Camilia Macias also earned qualification honors scoring in the 110’s.

Jordy Griffith and Arya Manivannan captured the Boys 10-11 and Boys 7-9 titles earning Qualification into the Sub-Regional. Dallin Pratt, Zackery Brown, Hinkley Havili, and Finn Green will also move onto the Sub-Regional after placing top 3 in their respective divisions.

102-point performances from both Emiko Bolton and Maliya Green clinched the Girls 12-13 and Girls 10-11 divisions alongside a qualification spot into the Sub-Regional. Georgia Harting captured the final division title of the day scoring 52, capturing the Girls 7-9 division.

The full leaderboard and qualifiers list is available here

The final Local Qualifier takes place at Eagle Mountain Golf Course on July 7th, enter today at drivechipandputt.com

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Cooper Nelson earns Utah State Amateur qualification with Tooele County Junior Major Win.

By Josh Green

The Utah PGA Junior series hosted their second Junior Major of the year on June 21-22 with the Tooele County Major taking place at Oquirrh Hills Golf course. With one Utah State Amateur spot available players competed for the bid alongside a qualifying spot into the Major Championship taking place at Hobble Creek this July, which can be clinched with a top 3 finish in any age division.

Tooele County Junior Major medalist, Cooper Nelson

After 36-holes three individuals found themselves tied at 3-over-par 147. With only one State-Amateur spot available Cooper Nelson, Ben Ackley, and Eastyn Ewell entered a three-man playoff. After one hole Nelson came out on top by saving par, earning himself an entry into the State-Amateur. Despite falling to Nelson in the playoff Ackley clinched a spot into the end of season Major championship alongside third place medalist for the Boys 17-18 division Daniel Chandler, who carded 9-over-par 153 for the tournament. 

The Girls 17-18 division was also decided by a one-hole playoff between Madalyn Hadley and Avery Parker who finished 36-holes at 14-over-par 158. After getting up and down for par Hadley clinched the division title. Alongside Hadley and Parker Hunter Gledhill medaled in the division shooting a 15-over-par 159, joining them in the end of season Major.

Ewell captured the Boys 15-16 title by five strokes thanks to a 1-under-par second round highlighted by an eagle on hole 17. Following Ewell, a three-way tie for second with scores of 8-over-par 152 by Bronx Campbell, Cameron Summerhays, and Rocco Humphrey rounded out the medalists for the division. 

Girls 15-16 division medalist, Kate Walker

In route to a Girls 15-16 division title Kate Walker was the only individual to card an under-par performance throughout the tournament. Walker’s 2-under-par second-day performance led to a tournament low 142. Remi Rawlings and Shelby Gardner earned division medalist honors with Rawlings carding 156, 12-over-par, and Gardner carding 160, 160-over-par. 

Wyatt Biagi and Tazlyn Wagner topped the Boys 13-14 and Girls 13-14 leaderboards shooting 156 and 161 in the tournament. Boone Brown and Gordon Gatrell earned medalist honors in the Boys 13-14 division and will join Biagi in the end of season Major Championship while Mikaila Lieu and Paige Anae will join Wagner in the Girls 13-14 division.

Tooele County Junior Major photos including all division medalists are available here.

A full leaderboard and more information is available at utahpga.com.

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Drive, Chip and Putt at Rose Park

The road to Augusta made a stop at the Utah PGA Junior Series’ Chip & Putt Local Qualifier Thursday at Rose Park Golf Course. 

Drive, Chip & Putt provides junior golfers 7-15 years old the opportunity to compete at a high level emphasizing on the three main parts of golf. The competition is composed of three drives, three chips, and three putts. Scores are based on the distance of each drive as well as each ball’s proximity to the pin in the chipping and putting categories. 

Kolt Coleman of the Boys 14-15 age division posted the highest score of the day with a 149 and led his division in driving, scoring 39 driving points. Each of the three qualifiers in the Boys 14-15 age division led one categorical aspect of the competition. Cruz Davidson placed second scoring 116, and led the division with 50 chipping points while Zeke Harris rounded out the top three putting up a 106 and thanks to a strong putting performance with 65 putting points, leading his division.

Jracie Finau will move on to the Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional winning the Boys 12-13 division today at Salt Lake City’s Rose Park GC.

Jraice Finau clinched his spot into the Sub-Regional Qualifier leading the Boys 12-13 division with 128 points thanks to a division leading 36 drive points and 60 putt points. Dylan Distefano and Easton Naea also qualified with Distefano scoring 113 and Naea 112. 

Max Monson scored a 138, the second-best score of the day, en route to capture the Boys 10-11 division. Emery Johnson from Sandy, UT earned runner up honors scoring 128, while Brooks Miller from Bountiful, Utah clinched the last qualifying spot in the division with 97 points. 

Inoke Finau, Will Kroll, and Kristian Short led the Boys 7-9 division, all earning qualification into the Sub-Regional.

Ava Wenrer of the Girls 14-15 division led all girls scoring after leading the division in driving and chipping, scoring a total of 120. Morgan Thomas earned runner up honors with the second-best score of the day thanks to a strong 47 point putting performance, a division best.

Eleanor Henderson Girls 12-13 division winner, along with Taya Snow, and Anushka Rajeev who earned podium honors all advanced to the Sub-Regional after posting 90 plus performances. Girls 10-11 division winner Evelyn Shulthies posted a 95 en route to earning a qualifying spot.

Ruby FIsher will move on to the Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional with a 44 point performance at Rose Park GC.

Ruby Fisher claimed the Girls 7-9 title leading the division in driving and putting scoring 44 points followed by Oakley Young who posted a 40 and Ruby Monson who posted a 39, all three will advance to the Sub-Regional. 

The full leaderboard and qualifiers list is available here. 

The Rose Park Qualifier is the second of four Local Qualifiers with the final two taking place at Mountain View Golf Course on June 22, and Eagle Mountain Golf Course on July 7. Just a few Local Qualifier spots remain, enter a Local Qualifying Event today.

After each local qualifier the top three participants with the highest total scores from each age division will move onto the Sub-Regional held at Glenmoor Golf Club on August 25 with the opportunity to play their way to the Regional Qualifier at Chambers Bay. Winners from the Regional Qualifier will advance to the National Finals held at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters. 

Story by Utah PGA Junior Series Intern, Josh Green. Photos by Utah PGA Junior Series.

Ali Mulhall Arden and Aadyn

National Playing Spots Earned at Utah Junior PGA Championship

The Utah PGA Junior Series hosted a national qualifier June 12-13 at Soldier Hollow’s Silver Course, as participants pursued playing spots in the national Junior PGA Championship. The top-two players in the Boys 16-18 and Girls 16-18 age groups qualified for the national championship to be played at the Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, AR in August.

Boys 16-18 Medalist Parker Bunn

Oklahoma State University commit Parker Bunn carded a tournament best 61 in his second round clinching the first qualifying spot in the Boys 16-18 age group. Bunn finished the 36-hole event 18-under-par (65-61), a seven-stroke win. Bunn’s remarkable final round included 11 birdies on a clean card of no bogeys. He carded afront nine score of 29 with seven birdies.

Bowen Mauss and Toatele Ofahengaue both finished the event at 11-under-par. With only one qualifying spot remaining a playoff was set to determine the final qualifier. Mauss ousted Ofahengaue in the two-hole playoff to advance to Hot Springs this August, leaving Ofahengaue as the first alternate.

(L-R) Girls 16-18 Medalist Ali Mulhall, runner-up/second qualifier Arden Louchheim and first alternate Aadyn Long.

 Ali Mulhall, the Girls 16-18 medalist played her way into the national championship after carding a 12-under-par 36-hole performance which included seven birdies in her final round. Arden Louchheim earned the second qualifying spot carding a final round 4-under-par performance to finish 4-under-par for the tournament. 

Alternates Aadyn Long and Natalie Mclane carded under-par performances with Long finishing at two-under par, earning first alternate and Mclane finishing 1-under-par, earning the second alternate position.

Due to opening round weather delays the Boys 13-15 and Girls 13-15 age groups competed in a shortened 27-hole event. 

Max Landon shot 31-69 – 100 in the weather shortened Boys 13-15 Division to earn the first place trophy.

Max Landon from Kaysville, became the Boys 13-15 Utah PGA Junior champion with a 31-69 – 100 for the tournament. Brock Porter and Will Anderson finished a stroke back, sharing the second-place honors. Porter shot up the leaderboard after his 8-under-par performance in his second round. 

(L-R) Girls 13-15 Navy Hubbs, Medalist Tacee Hess and runner-up Hazel Peters.

After both shooting even-par 36’s in their 9-hole first rounds Tacee Hess and Hazel Peters once again found themselves tied heading into the 27th hole. Hess’ final hole birdie clinched the 2023 Girls 13-15 division. Hess finished at 9-over-par with Peters earning runner up at 11-over par. Ellie Von Kolen and Navy Hubbs earned podium honors finishing at 14-over-par.

Full leaderboard recognizing the older division qualifiers and alternates is available here.

Written by Josh Green, a Utah PGA Junior Series intern. Photos by Fairways Media/Randy Dodson and Utah PGA staff. 

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Glenmoor Golf Club Plays Host to First Junior Major of the Season

The Utah PGA Junior Series season is now in full swing with Glenmoor Golf Club playing host to the first Utah PGA Junior Major of the year, June 8-9th.

Utah PGA Junior Majors serve as the main events of the tournament calendar for boys and girls ages 13-18. In addition to earning exemption spots into the season ending Major Championship at Hobble Creek Golf Course, the Glenmoor Junior Major handed out qualification spots to medalists in both Boys and Girls 15-18 fields for the AJGA Salt Lake Junior at Glenmoor to be held August 1-3, 2023.

The 36-hole Glenmoor Junior Major produced worthy champions for those AJGA spots as Parker Bunn and Natalie McClane earned medalist honors. 

Girls 17-18 Medalist, Lily Shin

McLane, the 2A Girls State champion from Draper APA, finished 5-over par with rounds of 72-77 – 149, a full six shots better than overall runner-up Lily Shin of American Fork High School. Completing the top five were Ellie Jo Olson in third place at (+12) 156 with Sydney Richards and Madalyn Hadley tied for fourth place at (+13). McLane took first place in the Girls 15-16 division.

Boys 15-16 Medalist, Elliot Bond

Parker Bunn, an Oklahoma State Men’s Golf commit playing out of Bonneville High, earned the top spot and the AJGA exemption in the Boys 17-18 division with a (-5) 68-71 – 139 scorecard. Elliot Bond (-4, 140), Lincoln Markham, Bowen Mauss and Jaxon Erickson, all (-2) 142 rounded out the top 5. 

Bunn opened the tournament with a 4-under 68 at the South Jordan course while Bond closed with a 5-under 67, the low round of the tournament. Bond won the Boys 15-16 division. 

Others earning medalist honors at the Glenmoor Junior Major were Calvin Lillywhite (Boys 13-14), Molli Mulhall (Girls 13-14) and Lily Shin (Girls 17-18).

For complete scores in all age divisions, click here. The top three players in all age divisions earn exemptions to the Junior Major Championship.

Thank you to PGA Professional Darci Olson and her staff at Glenmoor Golf Club for hosting the first Utah PGA Junior Major of the season.