Bloomington Country Club Professional Scott Brandt ran away with the Summit Sotheby’s Salt Lake City Open Senior Division posting rounds of 65-73 for a 6-under 138 total, six shots ahead of runner-up, Dave DeSantis. Senior Match Play champ Mark Owen was next at 1-over, 145. Henry White and Ryan Rhees round-out the top 5 at (+3) 147.
Describing his play Brandt said, “I was fortunate to keep it not only close but in the right position to the flag, to have easier putts. I putted very well both days.”
For Mitchell Schow, it was a record-breaking performance, in the championship division, winning at Bonneville Golf Course over the weekend.
The 2023 Utah State Amateur champion started off Saturday by shooting an 11-under-par 61, the lowest score in tournament history. Then he followed with a 68 Sunday for a 15-under-par 129 total, which tied the tournament record set by Blake Tomlinson in 2016. His five-stroke victory tied the largest margin of victory since the tourney became a stroke-play tournament in 1970.
“It’s awesome – two weeks ago, I didn’t even know if I was playing in the tournament,” said Schow, who received one of three sponsor’s exemptions for the tournament, sponsored by Summit/Sotheby’s International Realty. “I’m thankful for the opportunity. I’m just playing solid golf and trying to stay in the present.”
Davis Park Professional Zach Johnson, the 2021 winner, finished second at 134 after a 68 Sunday, former BYU golfer Carson Lundell was another stroke back at 135.
Low amateur honors were shared by Bryson Hirabayashi, Martin Leon and Oscar Maxfield at 137.
After making 11 birdies the day before, Schow only made three Sunday but made an eagle-2 at No. 8, where he drove the green at the par-4 and rolled in a 15-footer, His only bogey of the weekend came at the par-4 11th when he 3-putted from 25 feet.
The 26-year-old Schow had shot a 63 at Bonneville two weeks earlier to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship, where he made the cut. He also won the 2018 Salt Lake City Amateur at Bonneville in 2018.
Schow plans to play in this week’s Utah Open in Provo, followed by the Rocky Mountain Open and San Juan Open. Later this fall he will try to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour.
Also in the top 10 were Section Members, tournament host Jordan Gibbs (-7), Andrew Davis and Casey Fowles at (-6).
Salt Lake City Open recap story written by Mike Sorensen and Randy Dodson. Photos by Fairways Media.