Davis Valley View Major Produces Low Scores and Promontory Exemptions

The 36-hole Davis Valley View Major, the second of four Major tournaments in the Utah PGA Junior Series summer season, produced a shot at 59, a birthday celebration and several exemptions into the season-ending Promontory Major Championship.

Boys 17-18 Division

It was U.S. Junior Amateur champion and two-time Utah State Amateur champion Preston Summerhays who stole the show in the first round at Davis Park Golf Course on July 8th with five birdies on the front nine and two eagles and a birdie on the back for a (-10) 61.

Preston Summerhays

If that wasn’t enough of a story for day one, Preston drove the 18th green and had a lengthy putt for a 59, his second chance at that number in competition.

“You can go out and want to be aggressive and shoot low but still, 59s are so hard to do,” Preston said. “But it got in my head once I eagled 13 at Davis to get to nine under. I just needed to birdie three of the last five.

“I had a round maybe a month ago at Lakeside, I think I was eight-under through 12 and then it got too dark so we couldn’t finish. Besides that, just the round at Soldier Hollow at the U.S. Am Qualifier where I shot 60.”

Though a rare three putt on the 18th prevented a historic number, he held a four-stroke lead over Glenmoor Major champion Tyson Shelley and Parker Reese going into the final round.

It was Shelley in the final round on July 9th at Valley View Golf Course that made a charge with a 31 on the front nine, including an eagle on the par-four sixth hole. He had caught Summerhays through the 13th hole then had a chance on 18 to force a playoff, but his six-foot birdie putt slid by.

Tyson Shelley and Preston Summerhays read their putts on the 36th hole.

Preston won the Boys 17-18 division with a tournament total (-14) 61-68. Shelley finished second at 13-under with a pair of 65s and Parker Reese finished third at (-4) 65-74.

Girls 17-18 Division

Though Preston may have stolen the show with a first-round 61, Grace Summerhays, who celebrated her 16th birthday with her first Utah PGA Junior Series Major victory, finished tied with her elder brother at 14-under to win the Girls 17-18 division.

Grace Summerhays

Grace held the early lead with an (-8) 63 at Davis Park, four-strokes clear of Girl’s Utah PGA Junior Champion Lila Galea’i at (-4) 67.

Grace continued her strong play with a (-6) 66 at Valley View to finish at 14-under and win her first Utah PGA Junior Series Major. Galea’i finished runner up at (-7) 67-69 and Glenmoor Major winner Claire Whisenant, who leads the girl’s Major Point List, finished third at (-4) 71-68.

“It was nice to shoot well today,” Grace said. “Yesterday I hit it okay and made a ton of putts and today I hit it really close, especially on the front nine; I hit it within three feet, three holes in a row. The putter didn’t really have to go off on the front nine… but I was consistent and didn’t really make any bogeys.”

Boys 15-16 Division

Jackson Shelley, the 13-year old younger brother of Tyson, decided to play up an age division and for good reason.

Jackson Shelley

With a first round 68 at Davis he held a two-stroke lead over Tanner Telford and kept his momentum going into the final round with a (-1) 71 to finish four-under overall and win the Boys 15-16 division by two strokes.

“It feels good to get the win,” he said. “I was hitting my driver well and I was putting good.”

In the Glenmoor Major, Jackson missed out on an exemption into the Promontory Major by one stroke, finishing sixth, but with a win, he’s not only in the field at Promontory but will more than likely be in the hunt as well.

Girls 15-16 Division

Henderson Nevada’s Ali Mulhall, who is a frequent competitor in the Utah PGA Junior Series summer season, was two-strokes behind first-round leader Millie Terrion with a (-2) 69 at Davis and proceeded to shoot another 69 at Valley View to win the Girls 15-16 division at five-under.

Ali Mulhall

Arden Louchheim finished runner up at (-3) 70-70 and Terrion finished third at one-under total.

“My putting was good today,” Mulhall said. “I made a lot of good putts. It was fun playing with Millie and Arden.”

Boys 13-14

Rounding out the Boys divisions was Kihei Akina, the Boys 13-14 division champion by one stroke over Sean Lampropoulos.

Kihei Akina

After round one Akina was tied at the top with Elliot Bond with matching 68s. Valley View proved to be a tougher test as Akina finished the event with a final-round 74, just enough for the win and a spot into Promontory.

“I love that course,” he said about Promontory. “I played it last year and it was really fun.”

Girls 13-14 Division

Aadyn Long punched her ticket into the season-ending championship with a win in the Girls 13-14 division. With a steady (+4) 73-74, she finished 12-strokes clear of second place.

Aadyn Long

“My driver was the best part. I barely missed the fairway,” she explained.

“It’s a cool course and I’m excited to go play it,” she said of Promontory. “I’m excited to go see it again and go play.”

The final qualifying major will be the Utah County Rumble played July 13-14 at The Oaks at Spanish Fork and the Promontory Major Championship will follow on July 27th.

We owe a big thank you to Davis Park Head Professional Brad Stone and Valley View Head Professional and Utah Section PGA President Dustin Volk for providing their golf courses to the Utah PGA Junior Series and all the support they provide to junior golf in the state.

Full Results HERE.

Boys Major Points HERE.

Girls Major Points HERE.

Event Photos HERE.


Kwon and Galea’i Punch Tickets to State Opens in Utah Junior PGA Championship

The annual 36-hole Utah Junior PGA Championship, played at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway June 15-16, is usually a qualifier to the national Boys Junior PGA Championship and Girls Junior PGA Championship, but with the 2020 event cancelled, the Utah Section PGA adjusted the qualifier to one exemption into the 2020 Utah Open for the Boys 16-18 division and one exemption into the Utah Women’s Open for the Girls 16-18 division.

Simon Kwon took command in the final round with a (-4) 68 round on a morning that saw 30-40 mph wind gusts. His four-under round was the low of the day, four-strokes better than first-round leader Tyson Shelley’s even-par round.

Simon Kwon

Kwon finished the event (-7) 69-68 for a two-stroke victory over Shelley to earn an exemption into the Utah Open played in August at Riverside Country Club in Provo.

“It’s going to be awesome to be able to play there and compete,” Kwon said of his Utah Open entry. “This will be my first time, it was definitely a goal to qualify for some tournaments like this.

“I just didn’t really put myself in bad spots today,” he said of his final round. “I really didn’t have to worry too much about making a putt for par, I just made sure I was on the green and didn’t leave myself more than a tap-in for par.”

Kwon will be a senior in high school next year and with the majority of national junior events cancelled in 2020, he has his sight set on the Utah Open and Utah State Amateur.

Shelley finished runner up with rounds of (-5) 67-72 and Boston Bracken finished third at (-3) 68-73.

Lila Galea’i shot a (-1) 71 in the first round to take the early lead and she never gave it up with a final-round (-2) 70 – which earned her an exemption into the 2020 Utah Women’s Open at Thanksgiving Point in August.

Lila Galea’i

Her three-under total provided a five-stroke victory over second-place finishers Berlin Long and Sunbin Seo, who both shot matching 75-71 scores of two-over.

“Feels good to get an exemption in the Utah Women’s Open,” Galea’i said. “Soldier Hollow is always a tough course to play but the way I played today I think it was good. I’m excited to have an exemption and to play.”

Galea’i considers Thanksgiving Point her home course and is feeling comfortable going into the Utah Women’s Open.

“It definitely gives me home course advantage playing at Thanksgiving Point. I know the course like the back of my hand. I just need to make sure I play the best that I can and I think I’ll be good.”

In the Girls 13-15 division there was a three-way tie after round one between Aadyn Long, Katelin Bingham and Patiola Uluave, all coming in at 81.

Aadyn Long

In the final round, it was Long who stole the show with a final round 77, finishing at 14-over for the event and a five-stroke victory.

Bingham finished second while Uluave took third place.

Zak Richins of the Boys 13-15 division held the first-round lead at even par and never looked back, winning the event with a final round (-1) 71, finishing three strokes ahead of Dustin Miller and Gavin Dosch at two-over.

Zak Richins

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Utah Junior PGA Championship and a big thank you to Soldier Hollow Head Professional Chris Newson and his staff for hosting our championship yet again.

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Five High School Individuals Crowned at Rose Park

This year will be remembered for more reasons than one, the Utah Section PGA hopes that one of those reasons was the opportunity to receive some closure on the 2020 high school golf season as classifications 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A were able to compete in the Spring Individual Championship at Rose Park Golf Course on June 4th.

Annabelle Millard of Dixie High School, who will graduate in 2022, stole the show for the day and for the 4A classification with a round of (-4) 70, the low round of the event.

Annabelle Millard

“Everything really fell in place, my mental game was really strong,” Millard said about her round.

“I was really excited when I found out about this event. I just feel like it gave a little bit of closure, especially to seniors, who wouldn’t have had state otherwise.”

Millard had six birdies on the day and had a three-hole stretch of birdies on holes seven, eight and nine.

As for the future, Millard added, “I definitely want to play college golf wherever I can and hopefully continue to win state tournaments.”

Ellie DeMond of 3A Morgan High School picked the perfect moment to shoot her career-low round.

Ellie DeMond

The Morgan freshman shot a (+1) 75 to win the 3A Girls Individual Championship. Richfield High School’s Ellie Hair finished runner-up with a (+3) 77.

“My chipping helped me a lot today,” DeMond said.

The second-lowest score on the day came from Rowland Hall freshman Arden Louchheim who shot a (-1) 73 to win the 2A Individual Championship.

Arden Louchheim

“I kept my drives generally in play… it was nice to have shorter wedges in,” Lochheim said.

“Golf has been one of my only constants throughout all of this because we’ve been able to play socially distanced. It was great to get out and play. I was hoping to win state with my team, but it was definitely cool to win individualy.

“I wanted to thank the Utah PGA for putting on this awesome tournament, Rowland Hall and my coach Clay Ogden.”

Rich High School junior McKina Stacey won the 1A Girls Individual Championship with a (+21) 95, two strokes better than her sophomore teammate Natalee Parry, who finished runner-up.

McKina Stacey

“My main goal was just to relax and focus on my game, rather than other people, and just play my game.

“I was so pumped,” Stacey said of her reaction when she learned of the event. “I was a little out of practice, but I was so excited.”

Rounding out the event was the Boys 1A Individual Championship, won by Manila High School junior Brody Schofield, who shot (+4) 76.

Brody Schofield

Schofield decided he wanted to be a golfer after watching the 2015 Masters tournament. The nearest golf course is an hour drive from his home.

“I was so pumped,” Schofield said about learning of the event. “The reason everyone wants this is because we love competition. When you can compete, it gives you something to work for.

“The closest course to me is an hour away in Green River, Wyoming. I hit in a cow pasture quite a bit, that’s where I really get a lot of my practice done and then in my backyard chipping and putting.”

The Utah Section is in a fortunate position to be able to provide an individual championship to the spring classifications in a year that isn’t quite going as planned.

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A Tie at the Top for The Utah PGA Spring Pro-Pro

With Covid precautions in place, the 2020 Utah Section PGA Spring Pro-Pro looked a little different and was held a little later in the year as usual, but the results and the comradery were just as good.

There was a tie at the top of the leaderboard when all was said and done. Team Mark Owen/Chris Moody and Team Dustin Volk/Pete Stone finished with a (-8) 64 at Ogden Golf & Country Club.

With six birdies and an eagle on the par-five 12th hole, Owen and Moody had a blemish-free card and through a scorecard playoff will take the 2nd seed going into the season-long Utah PGA Four-Ball Championship.

Defending Champions Chris Gresh and Dustin Pimm will take the 1st seed, with the first and second rounds being played on June 2nd.

Volk and Stone had only one blemish on the card, but with an eagle on the par-five sixth hole and seven birdies, they were able to reach eight-under and will go into the Four-Ball Championship as the third seed.

“We had a great turnout as always, Charley Carlson is a great sponsor, he always is, he worked with us through all the changes,” Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin said. “We want to thank Craig Sarlo, Bob Wallace, everyone at Ogden country club, along with their membership for allowing us to use their course.

“It was awesome, it was great from my standpoint and the Section staff, to see many of our members because we haven’t seen them in a while.”

Traditionally the Spring Pro-Pro is held alongside the Spring Meeting, but to avoid large gatherings the meeting was cancelled.

The Four-Ball Championship bracket is set and the tournament is underway. The first two rounds will be held at Ogden Golf & Country Club, while the remaining rounds will be scheduled by each individual match until the championship match.

For Spring Pro-Pro results CLICK HERE.

For Four-Ball Championship bracket CLICK HERE.


Glenmoor Major Kicks off 2020 Season; Juniors Punch Tickets to Utah State Am & Promontory Major

The 2020 Glenmoor Major kicked off the Utah PGA Junior Series summer season, provided two exemptions into the 2020 Utah State Amateur and tickets to the season-ending Promontory Major Championship.

The 36-hole championship providing plenty of excitement, including recent 5A/6A Girls Individual Championship winners Berlin Long and Lila Galea’i playing from the blue tees to be eligible for the two exemption spots into the Utah State Amateur, the world’s longest continually run golf tournament.  

It was St. George resident Boston Bracken who held the lead after day one at Glenmoor with a (-5) 67, BYU verbal commit Tyson Shelley was one-stroke back and three others tied for third, including Long at three-under.

Shelley took control of the final round with a (-4) 68 to win the overall event and the Boys 17-18 division.

Shelley was previously exempt into the Utah State Amateur with his performance in the 2019 Utah Open, finishing in the top-five among amateurs, leaving an extra spot to be earned.

“Everything was working well today on the course, it feels really good to get the win,” said Shelley. “I just hit good shots all throughout the tournament and I was able to make putts. My goal is to win the State Am.”

Sean Lam (-5) shot a final-round (-3) 69 to punch his ticket into the State Am, which is scheduled to play at Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club in September. He also won the Boys 15-16 division, finishing his round birdie, eagle.

Sean Lam

“My putter was working really well today,” Lam said. “I started off kind of slow then the back nine I finished birdie-eagle.

“It feels nice to get in the State Am, kind of some redemption because I didn’t make it to match play the last two years.”

First-round leader Boston Bracken didn’t find the final-round results he was hoping for, but did play well enough to find his way into the State Am.

Bracken just finished the 8th grade and is an incoming freshman at Crimson Cliffs High School.

Boston Bracken

“Feels pretty good,” Bracken said of getting a spot into the State Am. “My first time trying to qualify, first time making it, so feels good. I’m looking forward to a lot of good competition.”

Bowen Mauss

Bowen Mauss won the Boys 13-14 division with rounds of (-4) 69-71 with four birdies on Glenmoor’s back nine in the final round.

Claire Whisenant

Claire Whisenant won the Girls 17-18 division with a final-round 73, finishing three-over for the tournament. Long finished second at four-over and Galea’i finished third at five-over.

Millie Terrion

Millie Terrion (+6) won the girls 15-16 divison with rounds of 71-79 and Ashley Lam (+15) won the Girls 13-14 division with rounds of 83-76.

Ashley Lam

The top-five finishers in each boy’s division and top-four finishers of each girl’s division earned exemption into the season-ending Utah PGA Jr. Series Promontory Major Championship.

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For full results click HERE.


5A/6A Girls Individual Championship Yields Happy Golfers & Low Scores

In uncertain times, it’s the simple things that go a long way. Though there was a lot of planning and consideration into creating an individual championship for spring high school golf, there were a lot of happy faces on 5A and 6A girls competing individually at Fox Hollow Golf Club in American Fork on May 27th.

The Utah Section PGA staff, alongside the Fox Hollow Golf Club staff put many precautions in play to ensure a safe, responsible outlet for golfers to play and compete. Though it doesn’t compare to a traditional high school state tournament, as this event was in no way affiliated with the Utah High School Activities Association, the top 10 finishers in each classification were rewarded a spot on the 2020 All-State Team, which the Utah PGA has awarded for the past 12 years.

Two girls stole the show at Fox Hollow: Lehi High School junior Lila Galea’i won the 5A Individual Championship with a (-5) 68 and Lone Peak sophomore Berlin Long won the 6A Girls Individual Championship with a (-6) 67, making a 30-foot birdie on the 18th hole to earn low score of the tournament.

“It was super great, not a lot of tournaments going on so I was really looking forward to this one,” said Galea’i. “It was just really fun getting out and playing with all the girls… senior year next year, for me, so I need to make sure I don’t take any moments for granted and have fun and do my best. I just want to enjoy every moment I can with the Lehi girls.

Lila Galea’i

Galea’i certainly made the most of the playing opportunity and made two eagles on the front nine, the first on the par-five second hole with a 40-foot putt and the next on the par-five 9th hole.

In a windy afternoon, the 6A portion of the 5A/6A Individual Championship took place with another top junior in the state taking control.

Lone Peak sophomore Berlin Long started with birdies on three of her first four holes and claimed one more on the 9th to go out in 33.

Seeing Galea’i finished at five-under as Long made the turn, it then became a goal of hers to get low score of the day.

Berlin Long

A rocky start to the back nine, with a par on the par-five 10th and a bogey on the par-three 13th, Long proceeded to make three birdies coming in, including her exciting finish on the 18th to cap it off.

“I knew that if I wanted to beat her, I had to make it. I just thought to not leave it short and give it a chance to go in,” she said of her putt on the last green.

“I’m really happy we were able to put it on and give seniors a last chance to play,” Long said. “It was really fun. It’s definitely different because you don’t get the team aspect, but we’re all out here supporting each other.”

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For full results CLICK HERE.


Van Orman Wins Sanpete County Open

Palisade Golf Course Head Professional Jordan Van Orman had many other things planned for the 2020 Sanpete County Open May 16th, winning the event was not one of them.

“I think everyone knows how much goes into running a big event, add in the COVID-19 precautions we had to implement and it made for quite a busy week leading up to the tournament,” Van Orman said. “I was drained, the thoughts at the forefront of my mind were not playing golf.”

Van Orman shot a (-9) 63 to win the tournament at Palisade, one-stroke better than Riverside Country Club Head Professional Chris Moody and two-strokes ahead of Promontory Director of Golf Ryan Kartchner.

It was the putter that Van Orman attributes to the win, “I putted really well, I probably made around 100 feet worth of putts.”

But it was 96-yard wedge on the 16th hole that really showed how dialed his game was. “I had hit down into the adjacent fairway and had about 96 yards to the pin. With the ball below my feet, I grabbed my 60-degree wedge and ended up knocking it into the hole. It looked good coming of the club, but I never would have guessed that it would find the bottom of the cup.”

Expectations going into the event were more focused on running a good tournament, however, Van Orman has his sights on playing more events this season.

“You know I kind of had a mix of expectations,” he said. “In 2019 I played the least amount of golf since I turned professional. My wife and I had our first child in March 2019 and all of my time, thoughts and focus were on spending time with her and my family. I made the commitment early this year to play more golf now that she is a little older, so my expectations were higher but I never would have foreseen the results that came on Saturday.”

Up next for Van Orman is the Utah Section PGA Spring Pro-Pro and Four-Ball Championship with Sunset View Head Professional Casey Fowles and then the Millard County Open in June.

Steve Schneiter of Schneiter’s Pebblebrook won the Senior Professional division with four birdies and only one blemish on the card to finish (-3) 69.

There was a three-way tie for second place in the Senior Professional divsion between Mountain View’s Mark Owen, Bloomington Country Club’s Scott Brandt and BYU Men’s Coach Bruce Brockbank at (-1) 71.

For Sanpete County Open results click HERE.


Prep Girls Golf Tourneys Will Be Played, Run By The Utah Section PGA

Story by Mike Sorensen for the Deseret News

Although there will be no high school sports sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association this spring, tournaments for female golfers and a few male golfers will be played later this month.

The Utah Section PGA, which has helped run the state girls golf tournaments for the past decade, will hold an individual championship with each high school able to invite six golfers to compete. No team competition will be held.

The first event will be played on May 27 at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Salt Lake County Fox Hollow Golf Course for girls that play at 6A and 5A schools. On June 3 June 4, a tournament for 4A, 3A and 2A girls as well as 1A boys will be played, also at Meadowbrook at Rose Park Golf Course (boys prep golf for classes 2A through 6A are held in the fall).

“We’re sensitive to all the seniors who didn’t get to play and feel bad they had to miss out on this season,” said Utah Section PGA executive director Devin Dehlin. “We look forward to being able to give the kids something to look forward to.”

The entry fee is $40 per player with entries taken at Golf coaches should send their list of players to Entries will close May 15 at 11 a.m.

Dehlin said the safety of the players, staff and everyone involved in the events will be a priority and tournament officials will be following CDC guidelines. They also will be following guidelines current at most golf courses with no rakes in bunkers, flagsticks left in and no scoreboard or scoring area. No coaches or caddies will be allowed and a decision on whether to allow spectators will be made closer to the dates of the tournaments.

The Utah Section PGA will also name 10-player all-state teams from each classification after the meets.


May Utah PGA Monthly Digital Magazine

Welcome to the May issue of Utah PGA Monthly digital magazine!

In this issue:

Why I Play – Glenwild Assistant Pro Brianna Coopman

What’s in the Bag – Homestead Golf Club Director of Golf Mike Jurca

Membership Memories – PGA Life Member Reid Goodliffe

This or That? – Bloomington Country Club Head Pro Mark Boggs

Tips for the Pro – Willow Creek Country Club Director of Golf Eric Nielsen

Click HERE to read!


Red Ledges’ Purviance Wins The Oaks Open

The Oaks Open is traditionally the event that kicks off the spring season for Utah PGA Professionals. Though the 2020 running of the event looked a little different due to the current health pandemic, The Oaks at Spanish Fork was a sight for sore eyes for many.

Red Ledges Assistant Professional Aaron Purviance put on a show of eight birdies with only one blemish on the card to turn in a round of (-7) 65 to win The Oaks Open on Saturday, May 2nd, one shot better than Valley View Assistant Professional Pete Stone.

“Winning this tournament was an awesome feeling considering I haven’t played a competitive round in a couple months,” Purviance said.

“My putting was a lot better than usual, I was making putts that I normally don’t make and my speed control was great – didn’t miss inside 10 feet.”   

Purviance on the par-five third hole at The Oaks.

The 23-year-old from North Carolina, who’s been in Utah for three years, got off to a hot start with birdies on two of his first three holes, taking advantage of the back-to-back par fives on holes two and three.

No matter his impressive start, it was his finish that handed him the title, his first in Utah. With birdies on holes 15, 16 and 18, he played the last four holes in three-under.

Stone started the back nine with an eagle, followed by three birdies, but it was two bogeys on the back, including the 18th hole, that caused the one-stroke deficit.

Stone finished one-shot back with a (-6) 66.

Purviance has his eyes set towards the Utah Open, with a goal to win the 2020 event at Riverside Country Club in Provo, along with placing well in the other events he plays in.

Bloomington Country Club Director of Golf Scott Brandt took the Senior Professional Division with a steady (-3) 69. With nine-straight pars on the front nine, Brandt turned it around with four birdies and only one bogey on the back, finishing strong with birdies on 17 and 18.

Scott Brandt won the Senior Professional division with a (-3) 69.

Bloomington Country Club and SunRiver Golf Club Owner Jimmy Blair finished two strokes behind Brandt with a (-1) 71 round for second place.

Jimmy Blair putting for birdie on the par-five third hole.

BYU commit Zach Jones, who had been serving an LDS mission for eight months until sent home temporarily due to the virus, repeated as Low Amateur with (-5) 67.

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