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Utah PGA Monthly: May

May is here which means a new issue of Utah PGA Monthly digital magazine!

In this issue:

Membership Memories: Jon Schneiter

PGA Journey: Xena Motes

Section Roundtable: Growing your Teaching & Coaching Business with Michael Merritt , Craig Hocknull & Rob Krieger

Why I Play: Jordan Gibbs

Read it here!

AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 18: Bruce Summerhays Jr. hits his shot from the fairway on the 15th hole during the second round of the 54th PGA Professional Championship at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa on April 18, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

PGA Professional Championship Update

Through 36 holes of the 2022 PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, eight of the 11 qualified Utah Section professionals have made the first cut.

“Utah always performs well here, but this depth is remarkable,” Kurt Kragthorpe, senior Fairways Media writer, said.

Bruce Summerhays, Casey Fowles, Matt Baird, Joe Summerhays, Craig Hocknull, Tommy Sharp, Jordan Gibbs and Steve Schneiter all survived the first cut – from 312 players to 90. Another cut will be made to the top 70 players after today’s third round.

Utah Section Professionals Chris Moody, Pete Stone and Todd Tanner fell just shy of the 36-hole cut.

The top 20 will advance to next month’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills Golf Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 16-22.

As the third round is underway now, 3-under par cracks the top 20. Bruce Summerhays and Fowles are currently 1-under.

Follow Live Scoring Here.

Photos: Darren Carroll/PGA of America

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Davis Park Professionals Win the Utah PGA Spring Pro-Pro

April is a special month for golfers, mostly because the playing of the Masters at Augusta National, but also for the beginning of a new golf season in Utah. The Utah PGA Spring Pro-Pro, presented by Charley Carlson and hosted by Ogden Country Club signifies that the season is in full bloom.

Davis Park Head Professional Zach Johnson and new Assistant Professional Caiden Jones teamed up to win the Pro-Pro with a Fourball score of (-10) 62, which included eight birdies and an eagle.

“We both chipped in for birdie,” Johnson said. “Caiden made an awesome eagle, made some birdies and good par saves when I was in my pocket. It was a good team effort.”

Jones, who started the PGA Professional Golf Management program in January, couldn’t have started his Utah Section playing career any better.

“We hammed-and-egged it pretty good,” Jones said. “This is my first Section event, it feels great to come out on top. I have to thank Zach for getting me out here.”

Salt Lake Golf Academy Professionals Tommy Sharp and Corey Badger finished runner-up with a (-9) 63 while Eagle Lake Professionals Eric Bumstead and Joe Summerhays finished third at (-7) 65.

Southgate Professionals Eron Deming and Tyler Dalton finished first in the net division with a (-12) 60.

Per tradition, the Spring Pro-Pro acts as a seeding round for the Utah Section PGA Fourball Championship. In true Utah Spring form, the first and second rounds of the Fourball Championship, scheduled to be played April 12th at Ogden CC, were postponed due to snow.

Johnson & Jones will take the first seed. Johnson won the 2021 Fourball Championship alongside Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base Director of Golf Shawn Edwards. He’ll look to defend this year with Jones.

Before golf was played, we had the opportunity to meet as a membership for our Spring Meeting, hoping to set us off on right foot for the 2022 season. After the meeting, out newest Class-A Member Xena Motes was presented her membership plaque. Motes is the head professional at Hubbard.

Thank you to Charley Carlson for supporting the Utah Section and the Spring Pro-Pro every year and thank you to Craig Sarlo, Bob Wallis and the Ogden Country Club staff for hosting our membership.

SPRING PRO-PRO RESULTS

FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

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Utah PGA Monthly – April 2022

Every golfer’s favorite month of the year is here – and more specifically Masters week is upon us!

We’re here to add even more golf to your day with the April edition of Utah PGA Monthly digital magazine: Read it HERE.

In this issue:

Membership Memories: Scott Brandt

Tips For the Pro: Marco Leoni, social media.

Why I Play: Clint Godfrey

This or That?: Jake Wyatt

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Welcome to the Utah PGA Digital Book of Golf

The Utah PGA Digital Book of Golf is your personal caddie to having your best 2022 Utah golf experience. Everything you need to know about Utah golf is at your fingertips, including Utah golf tournament calendars, an extensive golf course directory, allied golf association information, Utah golf award winners information and so much more. 

Created to serve Utah golfers of all types and abilities, the Utah Digital Book of Golf is now available for the first time as an easy point and click digital format publication compliments of the Utah Section PGA, including your home course PGA professional. 

To access your Utah PGA Digital Book of Golf, CLICK HERE

On behalf of the Utah Section PGA we wish you all the best and hope this is your best season ever.

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Cassie Campos: Utah PGA Junior Golf Manager

The Utah Section PGA is excited to announce Cassie Campos as the Utah PGA Junior Golf Manager and our newest team member.

Campos has been a summer intern on our junior golf staff for four seasons. As her knowledge for the game and the Utah PGA Junior Series increases, we see the benefits she will bring to the Utah Section and Utah junior golf as a full-time staff member.

“Being a part of the Utah PGA family has been the greatest opportunity,” she said. “I am so excited to be able to continue to help grow the game of golf for junior golfers in Utah and share my passion for the game of golf with them.”

As registration for the 2022 Utah PGA Junior Series season begins today, and the start of the season just around the corner – here are some fun facts about Cassie Campos:

  • Graduated from Bountiful High School and was a member of the golf team.
  • Played golf and attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City from 2016-2021, where she graduated with a degree in accounting. 
  • Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where she met with other student athletes to come up with ways to improve the student athlete experience. 
  • 2X Second Team All-RMAC and 4X All-Academic RMAC Team. 
  • Member of the 2021 Conference Championship Team at Westminster. Go Griffs
  • Had the amazing opportunity to work as a Merchandising Intern for the PGA of America at the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Where she took part in creating and working in the 60,000-square foot merchandising tent for a month. 

Click here for more information on the 2022 Utah PGA Junior Series season.

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RMT/EZGO Winter Classic Tees off 2022 Utah Section Season

The RMT/EZGO Winter Classic in honor of Mike Stanger and supported by Under Armour was the perfect way to kick off the 2022 Utah Section season with three rounds of golf, the annual Awards Banquet and the Annual Meeting – bringing Section members together to start the year.

After a warm-up scramble round at The Ledges to shake off the rust, two Stableford championship rounds were played at Southgate Golf Course and Bloomington Country Club, where familiar names would top the leaderboards.

In the regular division, Davis Park Head Professional Zach Johnson took command of the tournament in the final round with a (-6) 66 that included two eagles, four birdies and two bogies.

Johnson’s eagle putt on Bloomington’s 1st hole.
Photo: Randy Dodson/Fairways Media

“I had a good stretch on our first few holes,” Johnson said.  “I birdied 15, eagled 16 and birdied 17. I hit it out of bounds on 18, which was disappointing, and made bogey. Then I got up on hole one and eagled, so our first 8-9 holes I had three birdies and two eagles.”

That strong stretched propelled him from being three-points behind first-round leader Matt Baird, who finished third with 83 total points. Johnson finished with 95 points and reigning champion Casey Fowles finished runner-up with 86 points.

In the women’s division, Salt Lake Country Club Assistant Professional Haley Sturgeon completed the “hat trick” winning her third consecutive Winter Classic with 82 total points. This placed her T4 in the regular division as well.

Sturgeon in the final round teeing off at Bloomington Country Club.
Photo: Randy Dodson/Fairways Media

“The beginning of the year for me has been a struggle mentally and physically with two injuries, but now I’m recovering from those and my game is starting to come back,” Sturgeon said. “No bogies today, two birdies, missed an eagle putt, but was putting solid. I drove the ball well, irons were decent, but my putting made it easy.”

Sturgeon plans on competing in a couple Cactus Tour events at the end of the month and received word from Copper Rock Head Professional John Horton that she has been given an exemption to play in the Epson Tour’s Copper Rock Championship for the second consecutive year.

Stonebridge Professional Paul Phillips picked up where he left off last year with his strong play in Section events, winning the senior division by two points over reigning champion Doug Roberts.

Phillips teeing off on the par-3 12th hole at Bloomington Country Club.
Photo: Randy Dodson/Fairways Media

Phillips holed out for eagle on his second hole of the day from about 100 yards on the par-four 10th hole at Bloomington. He would finish one-under for the day and 85 points for the championship.

In the super senior division, it was Bloomington Director of Golf Scott Brandt and Utah Sports Hall of Fame member Jay Don Blake finishing tied at the top with 82-total points.

Brandt waiting to putt at Bloomington.
Photos: Randy Dodson/Fairways Media

Jay Don Blake teeing off the first hole.

And to round out the championship, Chip Garriss won the legend division with 79 points, four better than runner-up Larry Stubblefield.

Garriss on the par-3 12th hole.
Photo: Randy Dodson/Fairways Media

Thank you to Chad Kartchner of RMT/EZGO and Jordan Bloxham of Under Armour for sponsoring the event and supporting the Utah Section. It was a week to remember and honor our dear friend Mike Stanger, who had been a big supporter of the Winter Classic for years.

The highlight of the week was gathering as a Utah PGA family to celebrate our 2021 award winners in the Awards Banquet and set off on the right foot for a new year after the Annual Meeting.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS

TEAM PLAY RESULTS

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Gary Lewis: Presidential Service Award

By Kurt Kragthorpe

One of the Utah Section PGA’s annual awards couldn’t wait until the traditional presentation in February. The Section Championship in September was the appropriate occasion to recognize Gary Lewis as the Presidential Service Award recipient.

As the vice president of Wendover Hotels & Casinos, Lewis has provided nearly $500,000 in sponsorships and accommodations to Section members. The Section Championship has been conducted at Toana Vista Golf Course in West Wendover, Nevada, since 2004; the Utah Senior Open has been staged there almost as long.

Lewis is known as a lover of golf and an advocate of PGA Professionals and a friend to many Utah pros. His involvement started with former Toana Vista Head Professional Reid Goodliffe.

“Luckily for us, he loves our group,” said Devin Dehlin, the Utah Section PGA’s executive director. “It’s been a great partnership.”

Lewis has helped make the Section Championship a destination event. “The camaraderie and time that our professionals spend together at that event is just priceless,” Dehlin said.

Longtime friend Terry Outzen, a Titleist representative and Section member, describes Lewis as “just a good dude … very loyal; great for the Utah Section, obviously.”

Outzen added, “He loves his family and he loves to golf. Those are the most important things to him.”

Lewis said he was surprised to receive the “totally unexpected” award, and the honor means everything to him, coming from the Utah Section PGA. 

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AC Cox: Professional Development Award

By Kurt Kragthorpe

Ashley “AC” Cox is a marketing expert, making him a valuable resource to his fellow PGA professionals.

Even though he’s no longer working directly in the golf industry, he’s committed to helping other pros. That explains why he’s a member of the Utah Section PGA board of directors and how he earned the Section’s PGA Professional Development Award as a Salt Lake Community College associate professor of marketing and marketing department coordinator.

While immersed in the academic world at SLCC for six years, Cox has been determined to stay involved in golf. That’s partly because he recognizes the importance of diversity in the profession, and believes he can inspire other Black golfers to pursue PGA careers. He wants them to know, “This industry is OK for you, too.”

Having attended Mississippi State, Cox was the second Black person in the country to have graduated from a college’s Professional Golf Management program. He received an MBA from Campbell University and is pursuing a doctorate.

As a former GolfTEC manager in Colorado, Cox said his 20 years as a PGA member have been “rooted in educating professionals.” Along the way, he was nominated for the PGA Professional Development Award (formerly called the Horton Smith Award for education) in both the Carolinas and Colorado sections.

His expertise is in “understanding consumer behavior,” which obviously relates to the golf industry and why golfers make certain choices in deciding where to play and what to purchase. He’s eager to share that information.