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Utah PGA Pro-Assistants Championship Concludes 2021 Season

The Utah PGA Pro-Assistants Championship, presented by TaylorMade, played at Sand Hollow and Sunbrook golf courses November 15-16, concluded the 2021 season for Utah PGA Professionals. Teams from The Country Club, Eagle Mountain and Hobble Creek all took advantage of the last event of the year.

The Country Club’s Wayne Fisher & Haley Sturgeon and Eagle Mountain’s Chris Marx & Triston Hartfiel finished tied at the top with a 13-under Best-Ball performance, finishing the two-day championship as co-champions.

Fisher & Sturgeon are familiar with the event, winning the 2019 showing. They started out strong with a (-9) 63 at Sand Hollow and followed with a (-4) 68 at Sunbrook.

“Wayne is steady-Eddie,” Sturgeon said. “He’s always down the middle and on the green so it frees my swing up where I can go for things we normally wouldn’t.”

“It is always a treat teaming up with Haley,” Fisher added. “she’s a player, which is fun. I can play my game and let her loose. For me to be able to sit back and ride her coat tails, we’ve been a great team over the years.”

Marx and Hartfiel started with a (-4) 68 at Sand Hollow and made their comeback at Sunbrook with a (-9) 63 – providing a win in Hartfiel’s first event in the Section.

“Well I hurt Chris’s back yesterday because he had to carry me so much that I had to make a couple of birdies today,” Hartfiel said.

“Neither one of us played amazingly deep,” Marx added, “we just ham-and-egged it. We both went on the putting matt last night and all of a sudden it happened today.”

In the net division, Hobble Creek stole the show as Craig Norman & Joel Grose tied with Norman & Sue Nyhus. A scorecard playoff determined Norman & Grose the winners – both teams finished 19-under.

A big thank you to Chris Nugent and the TaylorMade staff for sponsoring the event and to Adam Jasperson and his Sand Hollow Staff and Reed McArthur and his Sunbrook staff for hosting the championship.

Full Results Here.

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Leddy, Hansen, Godfrey, Purviance to Compete in 45th Assistant PPC

Utah Section Professionals Joshua Leddy, Chase Hansen, Clint Godfrey and Aaron Purviance are set to compete in the 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship November 11-14 at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Leddy, Hansen and Godfrey qualified to play in this year’s championship through the National Car Rental Utah Assistant Championship, played in August at Logan River and Eagle Mountain Golf Courses, where Leddy won the event, Hansen finished 3rd and Godfrey 4th.

Purviance, who finished runner-up in August, was exempt into the championship through his top-three finish in the 2020 Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

The Utah Section is well represented this week in Florida – best of luck!

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2021 Utah PGA Award Winners

The Utah Section PGA annually honors and recognizes individuals dedicated to golf in Utah for going above and beyond to benefit the game. We are excited to announce this year’s winners and want to thank each recipient for their dedication to the Utah golf community.

The mission of the Utah PGA is to grow the game, these individuals along with all those nominated, help make this possible. We thank you all for representing the Utah PGA in such a positive way.

On behalf of the Utah Section PGA officers and staff, we present the 2021 Utah Section PGA Award winners:

Professional of the Year
Dustin Volk

Teacher of the Year 
Emily Jones

Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Stacey Camacho

Youth Player Development Leader
Tele Wightman

Player Development Award
Rob Krieger

Merchandiser of the Year – Private
Thomas Barksdale

Merchandiser of the Year – Public 
Brett Watson

Jon Unger Salesperson of the Year            
Charley Carlson

Superintendent of the Year – Public
Steve Carter

Superintendent of the Year – Private        
Jake Ebner

PGA Professional Development Award     
AC Cox

Wesley Ruff Golf Citizen Award    
Eric “Doc” Iverson

Bill Strausbaugh Award           
Colby Cowan

Doug Vilven Distinguished Service Award     
Mike Stanger

Jeff Beaudry Golf Ambassador Award        
Devin Dehlin

Presidential Service Award
Gary Lewis

Thank you to the Utah Section PGA Awards Committee and members for helping to celebrate and recognize our PGA Professionals for their extraordinary effort to bettering golf in Utah.

PGA High School All-State Teams Social Media 2021-2022

Fall High School All-State Teams Selected

The 2021-2022 Fall High School All-State Teams have been selected. Congratulations to those who earned a spot on the First-Team, Second-Team or Honorable Mention teams!

The quality of high school golfers these days is phenomenal and the difference between making an All-State team or not often comes down to one stroke or less throughout the season. The Utah Section PGA extends the honor of First Team All-State to the top-10 golfers in each classification, the next 10 are selected to the Second Team, and the next 10 are selected to Honorable Mention.

The Utah Section of the PGA of America has been actively supporting high school golf for over 25 years. Twenty-two years ago the Utah High School All-State Golf Program was developed. The All-State Golf selection process is unique among all-state honors programs in that it is all by the numbers. Thirty-five percent of a players best region scores and 65 percent of their state championship scores are used to rank each player. No arbitrary or influenced decisions, it’s all by the numbers. The players skills and scores earn the recognition.

This is just one of many community-based programs the Utah PGA operates each year to benefit our Utah Golf Community. Congratulations to all of these players on a fantastic year in golf.

Click here for the All-State Team selections.

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Nyhus Wins Utah PGA Women’s Match Play Championship

In the same season Sue Nyhus became a Class A Member of the PGA of America, she clinched her first Utah Section PGA victory, winning the 2021 Utah PGA Women’s Match Play Championship at Alpine Country Club November 2nd.

Nyhus defeated 2019 Women’s Match Play Champion and Salt Lake Country Club Assistant Pro Haley Sturgeon in the championship match 1-up on the 18th hole.

Nyhus started the day with a semifinal match against Glenmoor Assistant Pro Sirene Blair. By the end of the day, her two matches had a lot in common.

Being 2-down through 8 holes in her match with Blair, Nyhus started her comeback. It wasn’t until winning holes 14 and 15 that she found her first lead of the match. A lead she would hang onto to, winning on the 18th hole and advancing to the championship.

In the final match, Nyhus found herself 3-down through 7, after Sturgeon birdied holes 5, 6 and 7. But with Sturgeon finding trouble off the tee, Nyhus started climbing back with wins on 8 and 9 – and once again winning holes 14 and 15 to gain a 1-up lead. A lead she held onto until the finish.

“I know how good they are, they are amazing players, both of them,” she said of Blair and Sturgeon. “I just kept hanging in there, and I think the fact I kept hanging in there long enough, started to get to them.

“I didn’t make any birdies,” Nyhus said about the final match, “but I made a lot of pars.”

After a 9-hole seeding round, Nyhus claimed the 6th seed and went on to defeat Utah PGA Jr. Golf Lead Intern Cassie Campos, Blair and then Sturgeon.

The win comes days after her induction into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame, adding another win to her storied career.

“After having to review all that stuff for my Hall of Fame speech and think about that 1999 Public Links, losing one-down on the last hole, that came up in my head several times today. I kept saying, ‘you’ve grown, you’re smarter, you’re more mature, you can stay in the moment, hit the shot that’s required. You don’t have to do anything more than do what you do.’”

Those thoughts worked in the end, as she went home with a new trophy.

Thank you to Neil Maurer, Brock Padilla, Kent Easton and their Alpine Country Club staff for hosting our championship this year.

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Nyhus, Schneiter, Vilven, Whittaker Inducted into Utah Golf Hall of Fame

In the Ninth Induction Ceremony of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame, four current and past members of the Utah Section PGA were celebrated and honored on October 29th for a lifetime of achievements in golf, making lasting impacts nationally and locally.

Honorees include Sue Nyhus, Steve Schneiter, Doug Vilven and Scott Whittaker.

Sue Nyhus

Nyhus’ achievements in qualifying and competing in every USGA championship available to her is, and forever will be, unparalleled. Her career consists of not only competing at a high level, but collegiate coaching at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. She was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 2021.

Steve Schneiter

Schneiter is very likely the most accomplished Utah professional who never became a member of the PGA Tour or Senior PGA Tour. Highlighting his estimated 100 professional wins are the 1995 PGA Professional Championship and the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship. He joins family members George Henry Schneiter, Ernie Schneiter Sr. and Ernie Schneiter Jr. in the Hall of Fame.

Doug Vilven’s family: Mike, DeDe, Denise

The Utah Section of the PGA exists thanks to the efforts of Doug Vilven, who passed away in 2018. Vilven’s impact on golf in Utah is immeasurable, but even more so in the lives he touched along the way. His creation of the Utah Section PGA and the Golf in the Round facility are just some of the accomplishments of his PGA career. He’ll be remembered more for who he was and the way he treated everyone he crossed paths with.

His son Mike said at the induction: “My dad loved the sport of golf and didn’t just see it as competition or a past time. Instead he saw it as a lifestyle, an outlet for both kids and adults to learn discipline and resiliency.”  

Schott Whittaker

A founding father of the Utah Section PGA, and long-time Executive Director Scott Whittaker’s love for golf started as a young caddie at Oakridge Country Club. That love for the game inspired a career as a PGA head professional for almost 30 years, an executive director for 13 years, a member of the PGA of America board and countless awards in-between. Among his many achievements includes the remarkable growth of girls’ high school golf and the rebirth of the Utah Open. His induction into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame was an easy decision.

Thank you to the Utah Golf Association and the Utah Golf Hall of Fame Committee for recognizing the achievements of these four Utah PGA Professionals.

Others inducted include Lou North, Florence Halloran, Jeannie Goddard, Marion Dunn, Joe Watts and Riley Stottern. Congratulations to them and their families.

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Utah PGA Pros to Compete in 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship

The 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship is set to begin Thursday October 21st at PGA Golf Club, in which six Utah PGA Professionals will compete.

Best of luck to Bloomington and Sun River’s Scott Brandt, Park City’s Jeff Brehaut, 2020 Utah PGA Player of the Year and rookie senior Joe Summerhays, 2016 Senior PPC Champion Steve Schneiter, Utah PGA Senior Section Champion Mark Owen and Stonebridge Golf Club’s Paul Phillips.

The Utah Section is well represented in Port St. Lucie, Florida, as they compete in a full field of 246 senior PGA Professionals from across the country.

Other than the $26,000 first-place winner’s check to play for, several exemptions are on the line:

  • The low 35 scorers earn a berth into the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan, May 26-29.
  • The Senior PGA Professional Championship’s top five finishers also garner an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School – Final Stage.
  • Those who finish in the top eight, including ties, will automatically qualify for next year’s Championship at Twin Warriors Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa and Santa Ana Golf Club, both in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, October 13-16, 2022.

Wishing for fairways, greens and birdies for our Utah pros! Follow live scoring here.

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Josh Leddy Wins National Car Rental Utah Assistant Championship

Promontory Assistant Professional Josh Leddy wins the 2021 National Car Rental Utah Assistant Championship with rounds of (-7) 70-65 at Logan River and Eagle Mountain Golf Courses on August 30-31, claiming his first professional victory.

Not only was it his first victory as a pro, but the win earned him a ticket into the Assistant PGA Professional Championship on November 11-14 at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Josh Leddy

“I just had a good feeling with my putter today, didn’t really try to change anything mechanically and visualize the putts. I had the speed down so I just trusted it all day,” Leddy said

“I’ve played the course before in college,” Leddy said about PGA Golf Club, “so I’ll just try to go out and put some good numbers up and compete with the best.”

Leddy finished one-stroke ahead of Red Ledges Pro Aaron Purviance, who earned exemption into the 2021 Assistant Championship based on his play in last year’s event in Florida, so the other qualifiers include Eagle Mountain Assistant Pro Chase Hansen and Clint Godfrey, who earned his spot in a playoff against defending champion Thomas Cook.

Best of luck to our Utah Section assistant professionals as they compete on the national stage.

Thank you to Jeff John and his staff at Logan River and Chris Marx and his staff at Eagle Mountain for hosting our championships this week.

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Mark Owen Wins Utah Senior Professional Championship

Mountain View Golf Course Head Professional Mark Owen added another win to his 2021 season by capturing the 2021 Utah Senior PGA Professional Championship August 30-31 at Logan River and Eagle Mountain Golf Courses.

With rounds of (-9) 67-66, Owen’s victory qualifies him for the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship, which will be played at PGA Golf Club October 21-24 on the Wannamaker Course.

Mark Owen

“I didn’t do anything crazy,” Owen said of his final round. “I made zero fives on the card, so I took care of the par fives. It was a stress-free round: just hit it, go get it and putt it. Playing with Joe (Summerhays) the last couple of days and watching a really good putting stroke was really fun. That guy putts the ball like you should putt the ball. Every putt seems to have a chance to go in.

“This is the first time qualifying for me, just looking forward to playing as good as I have the last few weeks. The courses are a lot different than home, but a little practice and we’ll see what happens.”

Other qualifiers for the Senior PGA Professional Championship include Summerhays, who actually had the low score of the tournament at (-12) 63-67 but is still 49-years old for a couple more weeks, making him ineligible for the Senior Section Championship, but able to qualify for the national event in October.

Joe Summerhays

Park City’s Jeff Brehaut qualified and Bloomington’s Scott Brandt earned the last spot by one stroke over Paul Phillips, who lead the first round, and Ryan Rhees.

Thank you to Jeff John and his staff at Logan River and Chris Marx and his staff at Eagle Mountain for hosting our championship this year.

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Owen Wins Kean Ridd Utah Senior Open

Another edition of the Utah Senior Open has been completed, this year celebrating the long-time PGA Professional and retired Timpanogos Golf Club Head Pro Kean Ridd as the event’s honoree at Toana Vista Golf Course in Wendover July 28-29th.

A year after senior division sophomore Mark Owen finished as low pro, the Mountain View Head Pro returned to Wendover and left with not only low pro honors, but overall champion as well.

Owen finished the first round with a (-5) 67, tied at the top with Gladstan Head Pro Tracy Zobell. But a (-2) 70 in the final round separated Owen from the pack to win the championship, finishing at (-7) 67-70 – 137 total.

“This was an important one,” Owen said of winning the event. “One of my really good friends Joey Bonsignore passed away a few years ago, he was really good friends with the Ridds. When Kean was named honoree for this this tournament, I thought this would be a good one to win. I always look forward to this one, I seem to play well here and I look forward to the competition.”

Bloomington Director of Golf Scott Brandt won the super senior division with consistent play of (-4) 70-70 – 144 and tied for second overall with Zobell.

Roy Christensen won the legend division with a (+4) 71-77 showing and Brigham Gibbs was the low-am finishing fourth with rounds of (E) 74-70.

Thank you to Kean Ridd for a special career in golf and the Utah Section PGA, specifically. Thank you to the Utah Golf Association, Toana Vista Golf Course Head Pro Charles Clinton and Superintendent Mel Duke.

And thank you to Gary Lewis, Jacky Price and Brian Ray from the Wendover Casino Group for making this event possible every year.

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