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Cover Feature • March 2017 • By Jesse Dodson

Juniors to Watch in 2017

Being awarded the Utah Jr. Golf Association Golfer of the Year award requires a full summer schedule of consistent, quality rounds competing against Utah’s best juniors. Only one golfer from each division within the UJGA is awarded this prestigious Golfer of the Year award, which total nine exceptional golfers. Each Golfer of the Year won at least two tournaments in 2016. Here’s a look at the future of Utah golf and the 2016 UJGA Golfers of the Year:

Five-time Golfer of the Year Award Winner, won seven times in 2016 including the Utah State Jr. Match Play Championship and Utah Jr. Open, qualified for the FCG International, FCG Callaway World Junior and the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the 2016 season?

A: My favorite memory was going to the Girls Junior America's cup. I learned so much and was incredibly humbled, but I also had a ton of fun. I hope to make it on the team again this season.

Belle Fellows Masters Division

Tess Blair, 15

Two-time Golfer of the Year award winner, won five times in 2017, including the Junior PGA and Optimist Qualifying, qualified for six world or national tournaments including the US Junior Amateur and the IMG Junior World Championship.

Q: What tournament would you like to win in 2017?

A: I would like to win either the IMG Junior World Championships or the US Junior Amateur.

Johnny Miller Masters Division

Cole Ponich, 16

Two-time Golfer of the Year award winner, won seven times in 2016 and a member of the Mary Cave Cup, SWIRE Cup and Boarder War Teams.

Q: Where's your favorite place to play?

A: Pinehurst #3.

Johnny Miller Masters Division

Caylyn Ponich, 14

Won the Junior Optimist and The Players Championship in 2016 and qualified for the SWIRE Cup Team.

Q: When did you start playing golf?

A: I started hitting golf balls on the driving  range when I was three years old and started playing actual rounds when  I was five.

Bruce Summerhays Masters Division

Parker Cutt, 14

Won six times in 2016, including the Utah State Junior Stroke Play Championship and qualified for the FCG Callaway World Junior.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the 2016 season?

A: I have two; either shooting 73 at a national tournament in Palm Springs, which is my lowest round in competition, or winning the Mt. Dell 2-Person Scramble with my best friend.

Carrie Roberts Division

Millie Terrion, 12

Two-time Golfer of the Year Award winner, won eight times in 2016, including the Junior World Qualifying and Utah State Junior Amateur, qualified for the FCG Callaway World Junior Championship and the IMG Junior World Championship.

Q: Who is your favorite PGA Tour or LPGA Tour player and why?

A: Tony Finau because he is really nice and practices hard. I've been able to  meet him a couple times. Lexi Thompson because she is determined and works hard.

Annie Young Division

Aadyn Long, 9

Won five times in 2016, including the Utah State Junior Amateur, qualified for the FCG International and played on the SWIRE Cup Team.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the 2016 season?

A: The Jay Don Blake Jr. at Southgate in St. George. I birdied the last 3 holes with a couple long putts on 17 & 18 to force a playoff with two others.  On the first playoff hole I knocked down a 20-foot birdie for the win. That earned me an invitation to the World Junior Championship.

Mike Reid Masters Division

Jalen Martinez, 12

Three-time Golfer of the Year Award winner, won seven times in 2016, including the Junior World Qualifying, qualified for the FCG Callaway World Junior Championship and the IMG Junior World Championship.

Q: When did you start playing golf?

A: I started hitting whiffle balls in the house when I was two years old, and I started playing golf competitively when I was five years old.

Garey Chadwick Division

Braden Lemke, 10

Two-time Golfer of the Year Award winner, won five times in 2016, including the Junior World Qualifying, qualified for the FCG Callaway World Junior Championship and IMG Junior World Championship.

Q: What's your favorite club in your bag and what brand is it?

A: My putter. It is a TaylorMade and I have nicknamed it the Death Star.

Jay Don Blake Division

Alex Terrion, 10

Feature • March 2016 • By David Terry

The Skins Game

That Changed My Life

The vast majority of Utah Golf Association members have probably participated in a friendly skins game at their home course.

The PGA, Senior, and LPGA Skins Game tournaments paid off over the course of almost 30 years in providing some incredible memories. From Lee Trevino’s ace on the infamous island green 17th hole at The Stadium Course at PGA West that left him speechless and Jack Nicklaus to comment on live TV, “I think that’s the first time in my life I’ve heard him shut up!”, to Fred Funk playing a hole while wearing a pink skirt in 2005 as payment on a bet with fellow competitor, Annika Sorenstam, after she outdrove him. As a golf junky from the time I was 10 years old, those are memories I will never forget.

Like most of you, I enjoy watching my share of televised golf, especially the four majors, The Players Championship, Tour Championship, Ryder and Presidents Cup Matches and a few others, but watching the game I love just can’t replace any opportunity to actually peg one up and hear the wonderful sound of a persimmon driver connecting with a balata-covered ball (okay, just kidding on the equipment we used 30 years ago).

I feel blessed to have been raised on what was originally a nine-hole course in Richfield, Utah. Cove View Golf Course really was my home away from home. From the time I was 10 until college, I literally spent thousands of hours on the course, on the range and creating crazy games on the practice greens with the group of 10 to 12 other juniors who were hooked on the game to the point of winning seven straight UHSAA State 2A Golf Championships from 1978 to 1984.

Our group included Mike Jorgensen, former president of the Utah Golf Association and my fellow board member from 2001 to 2008; Doug Roberts, teaching professional at Entrada Country Club, two-time Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year, son of the Cove View Golf Course Manager during the 80s and 90s, John Roberts, and my daily fellow competitor in almost every crazy variation of a skins game we could dream up.

On many summer days, our ad hoc junior association featured up to an eightsome all riding in privately-owned golf carts that the city allowed to be stored for a low annual fee in covered stalls behind the pro shop. We created our own skins game that we called “10/10/25”. Ten cent dots on the scorecard were earned for each fairway hit, for each green hit in regulation, plus 25 cent skins. Eventually, we added 25 cent dots for the long drive and closest-to-the-hole in regulation on each hole. Needless to say, it took a math wiz to figure out “the damage” at the conclusion of every nine-hole game.

Along with Doug and Mike, our golf gang included Todd Gardner, Mc Hummel, Marty Huntsman, Scott Jensen, Sandy  Jorgensen, Layne Larsen, Brandon Long, Richard Oldroyd, Robert Oldroyd, Paul Olsen, Troy Olsen, and Bryan Scott. We had more fun on that nine-hole public golf course along with countless hours spent creating games on the practice greens that often required headlights to complete (our own version of “The Legend of Bagger Vance”) than the city fathers ever imagined could be possible when they built the course during the public golf boom of the 1960s that also could largely be credited to Arnold Palmer’s influence.

For little more than pocket change (or a bag of Skittles), those games played a big part in the development of our passion for the game, and played a key role in Richfield capturing 12 2A UHSAA Boys State Golf Championships and almost as many individual state medalist victories from the mid-70s to the early 90s. I think all the guys would agree that the character-building lessons learned during those games have carried over into all aspects of our lives.

A few years later, while I was working for Robert McArthur at Riverside Country Club and finishing my college degree after having transferred following a fruitless freshman year on the Southern University State College golf team, and a two-year mission, a few of the RCC pro shop hourly employees joined up with some of the juniors at the club and occasionally a BYU player or two for seemingly never-ending, highly competitive games on the RCC practice green. While I might have told my parents the reason for a B average in my business classes was all the time spent working in the pro shop, the reality was that my addiction to the game of golf was more to blame (along with maybe less-than-stellar study habits). Guys like Randy Hadfield, Kent McComb, Chris Moody, Craig Norman, Darrin Overson, Ryan Rhees, Bryan Scott, Brad Sutterfield, and Dean Wilson can attest to the love for the game fostered during all the hours spent at RCC during those years coming up with unique games. Man, do I love this game!

All these various games within the game are prime examples why golf generates such a passion among its players. Friendly yet competitive action includes players of both genders, all age groups, and anywhere from scratch to high handicap skill levels. Having reviewed some of my most memorable skins game experiences, I still can’t go so far as to say any of those would qualify as life changing. Sure, those experiences developed my deep love for the game of golf, great life-long friendships, and played a role in my desire to spend my life involved in promoting and preserving this great game and the courses on which it is played, but the skins game that would prove to be life-changing was still in my future.

One of my best days in golf was a September day in 2001 when Joe Watts called to inform me that I had been nominated to serve on the UGA Board of Directors. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent for nine years helping the UGA’s talented, dedicated staff conduct championship events. Equally as fulfilling was my association with the 20 members of the board during those years. Every person was a perfect example of the wonderful people who are attracted to the game of golf. The board members and all UGA volunteers provide a service that is so very important to the continuing growth of our game.

My final year on the board was 2010. Each UGA season commences with a business planning retreat during the winter months in St. George, Utah. My fellow board members over the years can verify how important this multi-day meeting is in setting the framework for a successful year and developing important long-range priorities. A much-needed respite from annual winter inversion and a few holes of golf only help make this annual event memorable.

As I needed to get back to conduct Salt Lake City Golf Program budget meetings scheduled for the next day with the head professionals and superintendents, immediately following the final session of our 2010 planning meeting, I passed on one final game with board members in the place, as the old St. George Chamber of Commerce slogan pronounced, “Where the Summer Sun Spends the Winter” and began the trek home.

During that drive home, I began to feel a funny tingling sensation in a narrow strip from the crown of my head down to my right eye. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. Then, the next day during the budget meetings at the SLC Golf Program offices located at Forest Dale, Steve Elliott asked me about a couple of specific topics discussed at the UGA meetings and then asked me if Joe Watts had gotten mad at me for attempting to filibuster on some issue discussed at the board retreat. I gave Steve a courtesy chuckle along with a perplexed response. Steve then added he was guessing that was what had happened to my face, ha ha ha.

Following a trip to the men’s room to look in the mirror, it was obvious that the right side of my face was about as out of round as an old Spalding Dot golf ball after a couple of bladed five irons. I had no idea as to the cause, but again I did not worry too much about it at that time. A couple of days later, when the drooping had not gone away and the tingling nerves in the right side of my forehead had progressed to my right cheek, I knew it was time to see a doctor.

Over the ensuing six months, five doctors specializing in various aspects of medicine each diagnosed me as having Bell’s palsy. As frustrating as it was, they said to relax as over time it would go away. But by September, after the drooping had progressed and it had become difficult to enunciate words that began with a “P, B, or F”, my frustration and concern were boiling over. And, from all the research I had done on Bell’s palsy, it just didn’t seem to make sense given how my symptoms were progressing. At that time, my dear wife, Pam, had received a recommendation from a friend to take a family member to see Dr. Daniel Ward at the newly opened University of Utah Daybreak Clinic near our home due to his reputation for successfully diagnosing and treating ear, nose, and throat issues. During that appointment, Pam mentioned to Dr. Ward the problem I was having and the diagnosis I had received by multiple doctors. As a result of that conversation, she scheduled an appointment for me as soon as possible.

Two weeks later, after a relatively brief consultation at his clinic, Dr. Ward told me that he did not think I was dealing with Bell’s palsy. He then gave me his initial diagnosis that left me speechless. Dr. Ward said that due to my unique medical history along with similar symptoms experienced by another patient under his care a few years earlier, he thought I might be dealing with a complication from skin cancer; specifically, that squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer had found its way into the nerves on the right side of my head before I had undergone a Mohs surgical procedure to remove skin cancer on my right temple in the fall of 2009.

Dr. Ward scheduled a surgical procedure a few weeks later to take biopsies from my right cheek area, to remove a portion of the impacted parotid gland below my right ear, and to complete procedures that would somewhat improve the symmetry of my face, help my affected right eye close when I blink, and help me once again be able to say words such as Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, or Boston Bruins without slobbering all over myself.

At that time, Dr. Ward made two comments that have proven to be more accurate than a Johnny Miller iron shot in the 1970s. He told me that the good news was that history had proven that squamous cell carcinoma was relatively high on the scale as a treatable form of skin cancer. Before I could digest a prognosis that seemed to ensure a future with minimal medical problems, he continued with the bad news. Because it had gotten into my nerves, it would be almost impossible to keep the cancer from becoming metastatic; to control it from spreading throughout my body and eventually to vital organs with a terminal “end solution”. While I didn’t hear much of what he said after that, I know he explained that the next step would be a month of radiation treatments that needed to commence as soon as possible.

Needless to say, Dr. Ward’s initial diagnosis, confirmation of that spot-on diagnosis as a result of the biopsies and related surgical procedure, and a prognosis of a future that would prove over time to be filled with advancing cancer, continual pain, chronic fatigue, periodic brain seizures, memory problems, a variety of emotional challenges, and the almost-as-challenging side effects associated with the necessary pain medications, radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy infusions have combined to result in what has definitely been the skins game that changed my life.

Just how big of a change has this skins game had on my life? I will spare you a shot-by-shot review similar to the response we have all heard when a fellow competitor is asked a question inquiring about their score, but instead of responding with the number of strokes taken they proceed to provide a hole-by-hole recitation of their round.

I will refrain from giving a year-by-year, shot-by-shot review of my battle with metastatic skin cancer and simply provide a brief summary. Consider this a relatively chronological Dave’s Top 10 Cancer List. Since the initial diagnosis in October of 2010, I have dealt with the following:

 

• Five surgical procedures to the right side

 of my head, right eye, and right hip.

• Four rounds of multi-week daily radiation

 therapy treatments plus two radiation

 surgical procedures.

• Two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy infusions.

• Cancer advancing into the nerves of my

 right eye, into the bone structure of my skull,

 the outer lining of my brain, and soft tissue

 and bone structure of my right hip.

• Three years of a painful open wound on my

 right temple beginning in fall of 2012 that

 began to eat into my right ear before finally

 healing on the surface almost exactly three years

 later after a variety of weekly treatments by a

 doctor, Terri DeJohn, who simply would

 not give up on me.

• Chronic pain located primarily at the right side

 of my head and hip, memory loss, vision and

 hearing loss, chronic fatigue, nausea, loss of

 appetite, obsessive/compulsive disorder,

 occasional depression, continual feelings of

 guilt from the impact by battle with cancer

 has had on my family, and anxiety due to the

 deforming damage to my head including the

 loss of my only redeeming physical feature, the

 ear-to-ear smile I inherited from both my father,

 “Smilin’ LaGrande Terry, and my beautiful

 mother, Sammie Terry.

• Immunotherapy infusions for the past 18

 months that my primary oncology doctor at the

 Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Kenneth

 Grossmann, determined was my only chance at

 survival as of July 2015 once the cancer had

 spread from my head to my hip. Even though

 the FDA had not approved immunotherapy

 for my specific type of cancer, based on the

 success in fighting Melanoma, Dr. Grossmann

 determined Opdivo immunotherapy infusions

 were worth a shot. Against long odds due to

 my compromised immune system from the

 kidney transplant anti-rejection medication,

 and similar to Phil’s shot out of the pine straw

 on the thirteenth hole during the final round

 of the 2010 Masters (coincidentally the year that

 his wife, Amy, was battling breast cancer), the

 results of these immunotherapy infusions have

 defied the odds and made a huge difference

 in my quest to successfully battle years of

 multiple cancer attacks.

• Brain seizures due to post-radiation

 therapy damage.

• Weakening of my bones that has caused painful

 micro-fractures in my right hip.

• Playing fewer than 10 rounds of golf over

 the course of the past four years.

 

It has now been more than seven years since the first noticeable signs of cancer as I was driving back to the Salt Lake area following my final UGA board of directors business planning retreat.

During these seven years, I have been beyond fortunate to have a team of exceptional doctors, nurses, and other caregivers working to keep me going. While not all of them are located at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the majority are employed at that amazing facility or other U of U Health Care facilities. I also have had doctors tell me either that they were hoping to give me 18 months, or that experience shows that I should expect between a year and 18 months, or that I had less than five percent chance of beating this disease, or that it might be time to stop treatments and commence hospice for the time I have remaining. I am not saying those comments were inaccurate, misguided, or inappropriate. I am just saying that during my battle I have received varying types of incentive to continue my fight; most a result of positive, optimistic recommendations from medical providers whose skills have been put to the test to keep me going, along with cutting-edge medical procedures and treatments made available to cancer victims just when that specific treatment was my only chance of continuing this fight, but also due to the incentive to prove some people wrong.

Most importantly, my wife, Pam, and daughters, Megan and Sarah, plus the rest of my family have provided an amazing amount of support and optimistic words of advice that have given me all the incentive I need to prove the statistics incorrect.

While I don’t profess to know much about cancer, there are a few things I do know. 1) I can’t stop fighting due to how much I love my wife and daughters as well as my entire family; 2) I can’t give in as I have a lifetime of “snap hooks” that I must work to rectify before I can call it quits; 3) It does me no good to take the negative perspective in response to any medical journal article regarding my disease, or painfully candid statements medical care providers might make relative to life-expectancy statistics for people facing the same cancer challenge; 4) While I might have a healthy list of personal ambitions that are no longer realistic, perhaps this “bad lie” provides me with an opportunity to make amends for mistakes I have made in the past by helping a few people dealing with cancer or other challenges on the long list of life’s unfair circumstances, or by playing a small role in spreading the message of the relatively simple preventative measures that might help someone avoid having to deal with the same metastatic skin cancer challenges I have battled for the past seven years.

Believe me when I say the serious consequences of skin cancer make it well worth your time to take a couple of minutes to apply sunscreen before you spend time enjoying the almost limitless variety of recreational opportunities including high-quality, relatively affordable golf.

Skin cancer has stolen my career in golf that had been a dream come true, has eliminated my ability to enjoy decent scores and to even play the game I love, has resulted in a laundry list of daily physical, emotional, and memory problems from the disease and treatment side effects, and most importantly, threatens my life. Some of my life-changing skins carryovers include the following:

 

Carryover #1

I literally grew up outside playing with friends in the red dirt mountains that were a driver shot away from our family’s home in Richfield. If we weren’t building dirt tracks and racing our 70s version of mountain bikes, then we were building tree swings that carried us over the nearby agriculture irrigation canal. If we weren’t playing football, baseball, or basketball, then we were riding motorcycles and snowmobiles.

 

Carryover #2

The only facility that separated my house from that canal and Richfield’s red dirt Pahvant Plateau was the outdoor municipal swimming pool. Before I became hooked on the game of golf, if my mother could not find me, she knew the first place to look was the Richfield City swimming pool. Unfortunately, a few of the worst sunburns I experienced were a result of afternoons spent there without sunscreen.

 

Carryover #3

Welcome to teenage summer days filled with the game of golf. From the age of 12, Richfield’s Cove View Golf Course became my home away from home. Until I was 16, I wore glasses. Even after switching to contact lenses, I still wore glasses when I played golf because I had convinced myself that I couldn’t focus on the ball as well with contacts or prescription sunglasses. All that did was magnify the sun’s rays on my eyes and the surrounding skin.

 

Carryover #4

Following my senior year, I went on a trip with the Spanish Club to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. During that trip, our group went on a day cruise to Yelapa. We spent the day playing in a natural pool at the base of an unforgettable waterfall. I will never forget waking up that night in my hotel room with excruciating pain. My face and back were literally as pink as Bubba Watson’s driver and golf ball. Needless to say, the rest of the trip was less than enjoyable.

 

Carryover #5

Thanks to gifted medical doctors, the small amount of kidney function I had following surgery to repair a blockage when I was an infant lasted for almost 40 years. But in 2006, the kidney transplant that I was told throughout my life would someday be necessary became reality. Both of my amazing brothers, Kirk and Jim Terry, who are eight and 10 years older, were tested to determine if they could donate a kidney. But Jim told my parents, sisters Susan Maxfield and Sandy Mortensen, and Kirk that he was giving me a kidney and not to argue that point. In February of 2006, I received the life-saving transplant that is still functioning well 11 years later, and should have provided me a respite from physical problems.

 

Carryover #6

Due to the anti-rejection, immune system suppression drugs all organ transplant recipients must take for the remainder of their lives, it began to be payback time for my life in the sun without regular applications of sunscreen. Less than a year following the transplant, the first skin cancer spot appeared on my face. From 2006 to 2009, a total of six locations on my face plus one on my back required Mohs surgery to remove either squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma damaged skin. The last one, in the fall of 2009 as discussed earlier, commenced what has been the skins game that changed my life.

 

Of course, if I would have known then what I know now, I would have avoided those carry overs that built up over the years. The result of taking action on the sun-damage related issues might very well have been a life free of skin cancer and everything that I and my family have had to endure as a result.

While many people think only of melanoma when they think of life-threatening types of skin cancer, my experience has shown not to take lightly any of the forms of skin cancer.

A study conducted by the American Medical Association and published in 2010 states, “Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States and is not reported in most registries. Based on the limited studies available, skin cancer rates seem to be climbing rapidly in the U.S. population.”

Even more concerning to us as Utahns, as stated by Lynne Nilson, spokeswoman with the Utah Department of Health, “We’re definitely in the No. 1 spot (for percentage of the public dealing with skin cancer). Utah’s high elevation plays a major part in the high number of melanoma cases. And the sun reflects off Utah’s diverse landscape of sand, water, snow and ice.”

Along with Utah’s elevation and landscape, other key factors that play a major role in our state’s high incidence of skin cancer include the amount of time we spend outside enjoying that diverse landscape, the relatively light complexion of the majority of our state’s population, and habits that put us at risk including the clothing we wear or don’t wear (wide-brimmed hats being just one example), a lackadaisical attitude about sunscreen, and historical tanning bed and sunlamp usage rates to name just a few factors.

So just where does Utah rank in comparison to other states? The Centers for Disease Control is responsible for obtaining and publishing United States Cancer Statistics. The most recent skin cancer-related study focused on Melanomas of the Skin. From 2009-2013, Utah was number one in the U.S. with an Age-Adjusted Invasive Cancer Incidence Rate of 34.3 per 100,000 persons.

The study results place Utah’s melanoma rate at a whopping 69% above the national average. A separate ranking was done to show mortality (death) rates for each type of cancer included in the CDC’s study. Again, Utah was number one in the country with a mortality rate 37% above the national average.

The fact that Utah’s melanoma incidence and mortality rates are the highest in the US, combined with comments from health officials regarding the growing epidemic of nonmelanoma skin cancers, should provide all the proof necessary that skin cancer is a serious and growing problem.

I would be less than honest to say there aren’t days when I ask myself the ultimate unanswerable question, "Why me?" Also, other than being blessed with never-failing support from my family, due to how I feel on many days that requires I stay at home, at times I feel isolated and wonder if anyone really gives a snap-hooked iron. But, those difficult days aside, I can tell you that anyone facing a cancer diagnosis in our state really is not alone. We are very fortunate to have the Huntsman Cancer Institute and satellite clinics here to help us prevent cancer, diagnose cancer, and provide a nation-leading assortment of cutting-edge treatment services for those battling any and all forms of this disease. Not only are the doctors, nurses, caregivers, and staff at Huntsman as qualified as any in the country, they really do care. They treat patients with dignity, respect, and want to help those fighting the good fight along with working to end this epidemic.

The physical damage and related pain are only part of the story of the skins game that changed my life. Prior to this experience, I have never experienced anxiety in public settings, when giving a speech, or even in front of a camera. But that changed when the right side of my face stopped working and I developed an open wound on my right temple for three years.

I can remember sitting in Salt Lake City Council Chambers around 2013-14 waiting to talk with them about golf issues and wondering how I could escape the situation. I remember the fall of 2013, when I was beyond honored to receive the Utah Golf Association Gold Club Award, but had to talk myself into attending the banquet because I was so embarrassed of how I looked.

On a daily basis, I fight obsessive compulsive challenges regarding whatever issue is currently on my plate as well as anxiety about the next public gathering I should attend. In many ways, the emotional toll from this disease has been as hard to handle as the pain, fatigue, memory loss, and other more tangible problems.

Even with the challenges that I face due to skin cancer, I feel so blessed to have spent my life involved in the game of golf. From all the great memories of those carefree days as a kid playing skins and other crazy games at Cove View to 25 years planning, promoting, and preserving golf associations, events, and facilities as an employee of the Utah Section PGA, St. George City, and Salt Lake City, along with my time as a board member of the Utah Golf Association, chairman of the Golf Alliance for Utah, and as a member of the joint committee of UGA and UPGA board members focused on; 1) Organizing what has became the UPGA’s Junior Series, and; 2) Working with Dave Wilkey at the UHSAA to add a high school golf program for girls. My life in golf, ranks only behind my family and my faith, as the love of my life.

Implementing a few simple habits as recommended by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with making sure to pass on those habits to your children while you introduce them to the greatest game in the world, will help guarantee that your skins game memories will focus on the round when you drained a 50-foot sake to keep a multiple hole carryover alive, on the game when you holed out from a cavernous bunker for a dramatic win when everyone thought you were out of the hole, and on the Rodney Dangerfield-sized golf bag from Caddyshack full of life-long friendships with people who love the game of golf as much as you do.

 

With all the sincerity I can muster, I implore all my fellow passionate golfers to avoid putting yourself in a position five, 10, 20 or more years from now to “face” a skin cancer diagnosis, and then begin asking yourself any of the following eighteen-hole round of unanswerable questions – “Why?”

 

Hole #1

Why did I choose a sunscreen with only a single-digit SPF rating instead of the  recommended SPF30 along with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide?  (Huntsman Cancer recommends SPF30 due to the increasing number and severity of skin cancer cases)

 

Hole #2

Why didn’t I also use SPF lip balm?

 

Hole #3

Why didn’t I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes against UV rays?

 

Hole #4

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen on days when it was a bit overcast?

 

Hole #5

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen when the high temperature was forecasted only to reach the seventies?

 

Hole #6

Why did I think I only needed to apply sunscreen at the beginning of my 18-hole round?

 

Hole #7

Why did I think I only needed to apply sunscreen to my face and neck, when I was wearing a baseball cap that didn’t cover my ears along with a short-sleeved golf shirt and shorts?

 

Hole #8

Why did I think my full head of hair made it unnecessary to wear a hat and  apply sunscreen to my head?

 

Hole #9

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen when I was playing nine holes before or after work?

 

Hole #10

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen when I was hitting range balls or practicing my short game during lunch?

 

Hole #11

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen when I was working the morning shift raking bunkers or mowing greens until noon?

 

Hole #12

Why didn’t I apply sunscreen when I was teaching golf lessons or overseeing junior golf clinics?

 

Hole #13

Why didn’t I keep the regularly scheduled appointment as recommended by my dermatologist, especially once I reached 50 years of age?

 

Hole #14

Why didn’t I have that mole checked by a dermatologist and removed if necessary, especially when the shape or color of it began to change?

 

Hole #15

Why didn’t I have the wound that wouldn’t heal properly checked out immediately?

 

Hole #16

Why didn’t I have that itchy, irritated patch of skin or small growth checked out?

 

Hole #17

Why didn’t I have the area tested that appears to look like a scar, yet I wasn’t injured?

 

Hole #18

Why didn’t I see the dermatologist when that area of pink, brown, dry, or scaly skin appeared on my neck, face, back, leg, etc.?

 

19th Hole

Why did I think it was a good idea to schedule a few tanning bed appointments prior to my trip to Utah’s Dixie for a few rounds of winter golf?

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Feature • March 2017 • by Tanner Clegg, Randy Dodson and Jesse Dodson

The Dixie Swing

Coral Canyon Amateur • Sand Hollow Amateur • St. George Amateur

Mother Nature had different plans for the start of the Dixie Swing of Utah Golf Association Player Performance Ranking tournaments in Utah’s Dixie.

A two-day winter blast of snow, cold-temps and wind cancelled play on all courses from Sand Hollow Resort in the northeast to the southwest end’s SunRiver Golf Club in early January forcing the St. George Amateur to move its tournament dates a month later than scheduled.

The three main events on the early season menu saw two playoffs and three different champions in the Championship flights with Kirk Siddens becoming the first two-time winner this year in the Senior flights.

Coral Canyon Playoff

Pays Off for Butterfus

Wes Butterfus had to battle Utah Valley University Wolverine JT Timmons in a playoff to claim the Coral Canyon Amateur, the first non-weather delayed Utah Golf Association PPR event of the year. Timmons shot a final round 68 to not only secure a spot in the playoff but also to claim the low round of the tournament.

While Nathan Wunderli and Denny Job held the top spot after day one with 72s, Butterfus shot an opening round 73 to put him a stroke off the lead while Timmons was three back at 75. Butterfus (2-under for the final round) and Timmons (4-under final round) found themselves in a playoff after both playing superb, under-par final rounds.

Perhaps waiting for the playoff left Timmons off-track, his three-putt on the first playoff hole, Coral Canyon’s par-5 18th, handed the long-time St. George resident the win. Butterfus went driver off the deck from 287 - yards to the front fringe and had a decent look at birdie, but settled for par and the win after Timmon’s bogey.

University of Utah’s freshman Mitchell Schow claimed third place at 144, one stroke off Butterfus and Timmons. Kirk Siddens (-2) edged Guy Child and Randy Hicken to claim the Senior title by one stroke. Siddens shot a 71-69 -140 with both Child and Hicken shooting a three-under 141.

Butterfus, owner of the St. George area Zion Golf store, said, “Coral Canyon (Amateur) is one of my favorites, I play in it almost every year. I loved (former Head Golf Professional) Gary White and have loved the course since he opened it. Plus having shot my 26 on the front nine in the Pro Am years back in this tourney (then the Coral Canyon Open), I feel I have good mojo at Coral. Playing well, is important for my business…if I can, it makes Zion Golf more respectable as a retail golf store. I feel being a store owner that can talk the talk, but know how to walk the walk, truly sets me apart.”

Wes Butterfus

Sand Hollow Playoff

Rewards Dunkle

Kyle Dunkle, a Colorado-State transfer, redshirt-sophomore at the University of Utah, made a big impression on the Utah golf scene at the Sand Hollow Amateur when he shot at final-round 68 to force a playoff with former State Amateur champion Dan Horner. Dunkle needed two playoff holes to defeat Horner on the Championship Course to claim the title.

Dunkle started the final round two strokes off the lead, but thanks to six birdies and only two bogeys, he was able to match Horner at 6-under to force the playoff.

Dunkle said, “Heading into the last round with Dan a few shots ahead of me, I knew it was going to be tough because Dan is a great player and wasn't going to let off the gas. My strategy was to play to the golf course more than I was playing against him because I knew that the more I thought about the scores and where I was in relation to him, the more I was going to push my game and make mistakes.”

Steady play on holes 7-10 for two-straight days left Dunkle in position to make a move. “I threw in a couple more birdies coming in and the birdie on 16 really helped give me a chance at reaching the playoff.”

Dunkle’s one-stroke lead on the final hole was in jeopardy when his tee shot plugged in the face of the fairway bunker resulting in an unplayable lie. He then, “…hit a poor shot out leaving me with about 75 yards but was able to get that up and down to force the playoff after Dan had made par.”

With pars on the first playoff hole, Sand Hollow’s par- 4 first hole, Dunkle and Horner moved to the 9th hole where Dunkle explained, “I hit a good wedge shot to about 10 feet and was able to make that to secure the win. The wedge shot on the final playoff hole was probably the key to getting it done because it was a relatively easy putt.”

Having no real expectations after a two-month break, Horner was pleased with his first tournament of the year results.

“It was an interesting finish,” said Horner, “Kyler was 1-up on me going into 18.  After his tee ball plugged under the right fairway bunker’s lip he had to take an unplayable.  I hit my approach to seven feet for birdie and Kyler hit a really good pitch to five feet for bogey after catching his third shot from the bunker heavy.  I hit my putt a bit firm and Kyler made a nice putt to force the playoff.”

BYU’s freshman Rhett Rasmussen shot 70-71 – 141 to claim third place, three strokes off the lead. In the Senior Division, Ron Davis slid by Randy Danjanovich by a stroke with a 74-73 – 147 to claim his first senior win of the new season.

Kyle Dunkle

Lone Peak High’s

Zach Jones Captures

St. George Amateur

Lone Peak High School sophomore Zack Jones won the St. George Amateur at St. George Golf Club in early February by four strokes to earn his first Utah Golf Association PPR event.

This may have been Jones’ first UGA PPR win, but most likely won’t be his last. With a two-day score of 8-under, 138, Jones beat Dixie State golfer John Reid and Utah amateur golf veteran David Jennings, who both finished T2 with a tournament total of 4-under, 142.

After shooting 65 in the first round to take the first round lead, Jones struggled to start round two and was three over through 13 holes on a rainy, overcast Saturday. Fighting back with birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16 helped Jones hold off Reid, Jennings and Elijah Turner, a former Lone Peak teammate. who finished 4th at 143.

“Almost everything was working,” Jones said about round one. “I had a great lesson with my coach Clay Ogden on Wednesday, then drove down Thursday morning and practiced at Sand Hollow. I hit 17 greens in regulation; I hit my driver good all day and made some putts. I was very consistent and played bogey free.”

Jones showed the skill and stature of a seasoned winner by scrambling to remain on top after a rocky start in round two. Any tournament-golfer knows the difficulty of closing a tournament for the win down the stretch. The fact that Jones is a sophomore in high school and competing against a field filled with a Utah State Amateur champ, collegiate golfers and seasoned UGA champions shows the 16-year old has a world of potential.

“It feels awesome to win, and the St. George Am being one of the bigger tournaments in Utah makes it even better. Knowing that the guys that were chasing me down are good players, just added pressure and made it more fun.”

With a “really good” drive on the par 5 5th hole and two good wedge shots on 6 and 7, with the shot on the 6th finishing six inches from going in, Jones was able to turn his second round into a solid finish.

To birdie three out of his last five holes on a day where playing conditions weren’t favorable and the weight of the St. George Amateur and his first PPR victory on the line, Jones proved himself a contender in future tournament this year.

“It actually does change my goals a bit,” said Jones about winning his first UGA PPR event. “My original goal was to win a UGA event, but now it has changed. I want to win two or three and potentially qualify for some of the Utah teams.”

Kirk Siddens and Corey Ford, of the Senior flight, were tied after round one with an even-par 73 and would remain tied after the final round with a 75.

It may sound like a lackluster two days for the Senior flight, but for the tie to take place, Ford bogeyed and Siddens birdied the 9th hole, their 18th. A T1 finish for Siddens required a two-shot swing on the last hole. Randy Hicken finished third with a 76-74-150 score for the tournament; two strokes off a three-way tie for first.

Zach Jones

Feature • March 2017

Utah's Junior Golf Road Map

The Utah junior golf landscape has drastically changedin the last few years. Here is a guide to Utah’s junior golf associations and programs available for juniors of all ages and skill level to develop a love of golf, and if desired, a road map of competition for toddlers to teens. With the following information juniors and their families can plan a trip to a life-long enjoyment of Utah golf.

The First Tee is for Everybody

Utah Youth on Course

by Paul Pugmire

by Megan Terry

“Is that Tiger Woods’ thing?”

“Is that for poor kids?”

These are the questions we get most often at The First Tee of Utah. Nearly every day. They’re good questions, ones that make sense and are based on a reasonable, if out-dated and incomplete, understanding. But, no, The First Tee is not Tiger Woods’ thing and The First Tee is for every kid.

The First Tee was started by a collaboration among the five most important golf organizations in the United States—the USGA, the PGA, the PGA TOUR, the LPGA and the Masters. It was 1997, one year after Tiger Woods completed his stellar amateur career and announced his run at professional golf with a “Hello, world,” and his electric smile.

Golf leaders knew that this transcendent, perhaps once-in-history, athlete and personality presented an opportunity to bring the game to people and communities who had not considered golf before. The First Tee was born in this context, as a way to introduce the game to people who hadn’t paid attention before Tiger Woods, and as a way to serve others by bringing golf’s unique strengths of character values and life skills to communities that may not get the chance to play golf otherwise.

But things changed quickly for The First Tee from its early days in Florida. Parents from across the communities, and from every kind of neighborhood, realized what The First Tee had to offer. They wanted their kids to learn golf in the context of character values and life skills, and learn character values and life skills in the context of golf.

The First Tee goes where it’s wanted. Where there are people who are committed to helping kids achieve their potential and succeed in life. Where there are people who are passionate about golf. Where there are kids who want to learn the game and who can benefit from character values and life-skills instruction. Of course, these kids are everywhere, and we seek to serve all kids regardless of their background.

Our sweet spot at The First Tee is introducing the game, along with its values, to younger kids. In addition to our golf course program, we provide a program taught in PE classes in more than 30 elementary schools in Utah, reaching more than 25,000 kids.

Classes at The First Tee are based on our Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment. These Nine Core Values are woven throughout the entirety of the curriculum—both in terms of golf skills and life skills—and are used as the basis of all we do.

It is this interweaving of character values and life skills instruction with golf instruction that sets The First Tee apart. The First Tee takes the natural, organic life lessons available in the game and makes teaching them intentional, purposeful and organized. At the same time, we’re serious about teaching the game and serious about providing quality instruction with qualified instructors. Our coach teams at our golf course programs are led by Utah Section PGA golf professionals and all coaches receive specialized training from The First Tee.

Kids can start the golf course program at The First Tee at age seven. The program has rank advancements—similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts—and is intended as a multi-year engagement that continues throughout their youth until age 18 or completing high school.

Kids who advance in the program and reach the higher levels of rank certification are eligible to apply for some amazing opportunities provided by our national sponsors. These include golf camps, internships at major corporations, and the biggest one of all, playing as a partner with a Champions PGA Tour professional in a Pro-Junior team tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Club which is broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

The First Tee is designed to work in collaboration with the other great junior golf programs available in Utah. As they advance through our program, we encourage our kids to participate in allied junior golf programs such as Drive, Chip and Putt, the PGA Junior League, the St. George area Junior Association of Golf, the Utah Junior Golf Association, Youth on Course and the various development opportunities available at each golf course. Many of our kids also take private lessons from local PGA professionals.

The First Tee of Utah currently offers classes at four Utah golf courses—Golf The Round in South Salt Lake, Oquirrh Hills in Tooele, Southgate in St. George and Rose Park in Salt Lake City. We are preparing to announce new programs at Logan River in Logan and Canyons Golf in Summit County. We are embarking on a five-year initiative to expand statewide in order to reach 50,000 Utah kids annually between our golf course program and our elementary school program.

You can learn more about the schedule and a program near you by visiting our website at www.thefirstteeutah.org, or calling us at 801.663.6963. Or, you can call the golf course offering The First Tee nearest you. The golf course program costs less than $100 for 15 hours of instruction, but The First Tee of Utah is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and we turn no kid away for lack of ability to pay.

Some prominent professional golfers come from a background in The First Tee. These include Paula Creamer, Harold Varner III and Scott Langley. We’re always hoping that one of our Utah kids will follow them, and join them. But we’re really working to help our First Tee kids follow and join you, and your friends and colleagues to become successful adults and leaders in their communities. At The First Tee of Utah we’re working to help kids base their lives on character values such as honesty, respect and perseverance.  At The First Tee of Utah our goal is that kids are successful at life while playing the game of a lifetime.

 

Youth on Course (YOC), a program offering subsidized rounds of golf to juniors ages 6-18 for $5 or less at participating facilities, was born in 2006 at the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Foundation to increase the accessibility and affordability of golf for Northern California juniors. Within five years, it quickly became apparent that there was a huge demand for YOC opportunities outside of Northern California. To date, YOC has expanded to 12 regions and has subsidized more than 400,000 rounds of golf.

Following its reestablishment in 2014, the charitable arm of the UGA, the Utah Golf Foundation, joined Youth on Course in an effort to fulfill its mission “to expand opportunity and access to those who wish to play the game of golf in Utah.” During 2016, Utah YOC subsidized more than $36,000 and reached more than 1,000 junior golfers who played nearly 6,200 rounds of golf at the following 17 facilities:

• Ben Lomond GC

• Dixie Red Hills GC

• East Bay GC

• El Monte GC

• Fore Lakes GC

• Glen Eagle GC

• Hobble Creek GC

• Mount Ogden GC

• Murray Parkway GC

• Schneiter’s Bluff GC

• Schneiter’s Riverside GC

• Southgate GC

• Spanish Oaks GC

• St. George Golf Club

• Sunbrook GC

• The Barn GC

• The Hideout GC

“The Utah Golf Foundation is pleasantly surprised that Utah Youth on Course more than doubled our 2016 goals of 3,000 rounds of golf played,” explained Executive Director Bill Walker. “The success of this program in Utah will lay the foundation of the growth of golf for years to come.”

The $10 Utah Golf Association Junior Membership fee covers the Utah Youth on Course Membership fee. Visit youthoncourse.org to activate or renew your UGA and YOC Memberships, then check your email for your activation receipt and a link to the required YOC online curriculum. If you are a new member, you will receive your UGA Membership number (GHIN number) via email as well.

Once you complete the online curriculum, you will receive your UGA and YOC Membership cards in 4-5 weeks so you can start playing golf for $5 or less at Utah YOC participating facilities and begin using your 2017 UGA Member Benefits! Proof of active affiliation in the form of a YOC Membership card is required in order to receive YOC green fee rates. The list of 2017 UGA Member Benefits can be found at uga.org under the Membership tab.

“We anticipate that at least 2,000 juniors will play more than 10,000 rounds of golf in 2017. This is a staggering number that the Utah Golf Foundation hopes to increase from year to year,” stated Walker.

As a registered 501(c)(3) corporation, all donations to the Utah Golf Foundation (UGF) are tax deductible. Donations can be made at utahgolffoundation.org via the PayPal Giving Fund or via a credit card. Your donations support the continuing work of the UGF’s Youth on Course and Veterans on Course programs. Without your contributions, the UGF would be unable to fulfill its mission and purpose to financially support programs expanding opportunity and access to those who wish to play the game of golf in Utah.

For more information about Utah Youth on Course, visit utahgolffoundation.org and youthoncourse.org, or call the Utah Golf Association/Utah Golf Foundation office at 801-563-0400.

 

A Local Tour of a National Program

by Todd Tanner

U.S. Kids Golf Local Tours are created to provide boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, the opportunity to advance their skills in the game in age-appropriate competition without having to take the time and incur the costs of having to travel long distances. Our local tour consists of eight one-day tournaments including a season-ending one-day Tour Championship. Players earn awards and points for each tournament.

Similar to the PGA Tour, players at U.S. Kids Golf events are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best. Allowing caddies is a special component of our tournaments and is part of our commitment to encouraging family interaction that builds lasting memories. Players age eight and under must have a caddie at all times.

SPRING 2017 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, March 25th at River Oaks

Saturday, April 1st at Meadowbrook

Sat, April 15th at Mountain View

Sat, April 22nd at Rose Park

Sat, April 29th at The Ranches

Sat, May 6th at Glen Eagle

Sat, May 13th at Soldier Hollow (Silver)

Sat, May 20th Tour Championship at River Oaks

 

City of St. George Junior Association of Golfers

by Colby Cowan

JAG stands for “Junior Association of Golfers.”  This program began in 1998 with the following mission statement:

“To provide boys and girls 7-17 years of age in St. George, Utah, area with opportunities to learn the rules, etiquette, traditions, and skills required to appreciate and enjoy the game of golf; to provide low-cost access to area golf courses during the summer months so as to facilitate the development of these skills; and to provide tournaments that test theses skills while building character and friendships.”

Along with individual and parent/junior scramble tournaments during the summer months, JAG offers free instructional clinics and a mandatory Rules School for all first-year members.

In 2016, over 500 juniors enrolled in the JAG program.  This total ranges from beginning golfers to advanced high school golfers.  Our goal for 2017 is for 560 participants enrolled in the program.  While tournament play is important, we place a great emphasis on etiquette and rules.  These lessons can also be used as life lessons.

For an annual membership fee of $40, each JAG member receives the following benefits:

1. $3 green fees at all city courses

     May-September

2. $6 green fees at all city courses

     October-April

3. T-shirt and additional tee prize

4. Rules and etiquette class

5. 2 day instruction clinic

6. Mid-year pool party

7. 8 individual tournaments (optional)

8. 5 parent/junior events (optional)

The JAG program has helped produce great junior golfers that have advanced to play golf at the collegiate level.

 

A Must Stop on the Utah Golf Road Map

by Jesse Dodson

The Utah Section PGA is the epitome of Utah golf, providing access to the game from your local PGA professionals down to the Itty Bitty golfers teeing it up for the first time. It is the mission of the Utah PGA to be a leader in promoting the enjoyment of and involvement in the game of golf.

The love for the game of golf in Utah often starts young. With a world of help from PGA professionals who are on the front lines, junior golf clinics are held each summer at our local courses for more than 25,000 kids. These clinics and golf camps get kids involved in the game and are imperative in creating lifetime golfers. This is where it all begins on the Utah Junior Golf Road Map.

Through the Utah PGA Club for Kids Program, more than 2,000 free clubs are given to kids across the state. Many of these kids may not have any other opportunity of getting started in the game. We reach out to them and the community through local golf courses, county fairs, sporting events, expos and any other events fit for introducing golf to the future generations of Utah.

We are proud to be a part of and provide the opportunity for our junior golfers to participate in the PGA Junior League. This league is for all boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to play golf as a team. It is fun, social and a wonderful platform for juniors to be on the course and compete against other local teams from various golf courses. Similar to other youth sports, PGA Junior League golfers wear numbered jerseys and play alongside friends.

The Utah PGA’s newly renovated Utah PGA Junior Series, formerly Junior Golf Connection, is one of the best ways to introduce junior golfers to a fun, competitive tournament atmosphere. A place where junior golfers can learn to play tournament golf, make lifetime friends and continue to learn about the key fundamentals of the game that provide the necessary skills and attributes for a well-rounded life.  From our Itty Bitty Tour (4-10) to our J.E.T. Junior Tour (13-18), the Utah PGA Junior Series provides a fun and competitive atmosphere to help jumpstart an active life within Utah golf.

There are three age divisions: The Itty Bitty Tour (4-10), the Linksters Tour (11-12) and the J.E.T Tour (13-18).

The affordable yearly membership and tournament fees allow hundreds of families and golfers to enjoy a summer filled with first class events. Along with each tournament fee comes tee prizes and lunch to top off a fun day of golf. With 6, 9 and 18-hole tournaments located on some of Utah’s best courses, the Utah PGA Junior Series can fulfill all our junior golfers needs in getting their feet wet in what we hope will become a lifelong pursuit of the game in Utah.

This unique approach provides an opportunity for a four-year-old who has never held a club and an avid high-school golfer to both enjoy a great experience on the golf course. Each tournament provides fun competition and a safe location to learn the game of golf. With tournaments starting in May and finishing in August, it’s hard to find a better way to spend the summer.

One of the Utah PGA Junior Series most loved events are the Parent-Junior Scramble tournaments. The Parent-Junior tournaments are a perfect way to get the whole family involved in the game. Held on Saturdays in the summer, it’s a great way to spend time together in a more relaxed and fun setting on the golf course. The “Parent” of the family team can be a grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a mentor. The overall purpose of the event is to get the family out on the course together and to provide a chance to compete as a team.

At these events, you can find parents that are recreational golfers, avid players and even PGA tour professionals from Utah. Tony Finau, Daniel and Boyd Summerhays are regulars at these events. Parent-Junior scrambles are as good as it gets.

The Utah PGA is excited to announce an addition to the PGA Series for the 2017 lineup. “The Majors” will be headed by PGA Professionals and will offer a high-level tournament that members will not want to miss. This year’s locations are some of Utah’s most cherished golf courses: Wasatch Mountain State Park, Glenmoor, Jeremy Ranch Country Club, Valley View and a season-ending championship at Hidden Valley Country Club. In addition to tee prizes and lunch, there will be a Pro Shop payoff in prize money for winners. The Majors will be the highlight of the 2017 season. Don’t miss out!

To become a member of the Utah PGA Junior Series, please visit utahpga.com and click “Junior Golf.” It’s easy to sign up and well worth the efforts for a golf-filled summer.

Alongside the Utah PGA Series, one of the Utah Section PGA’s major attempts to build junior golf in Utah is the High School State Championships. Every year we host high school boys and girls golf teams from schools across the state. High school golf has grown exponentially, especially as of late with the girls.

Utah’s best high school aged juniors come each year to compete for the state championship. Many of the past high school golfers have gone on to compete on a collegiate level based on a great play in the State Championship. College golf coaches come to watch and spot potential recruits as the High School State Championship is one of the most coveted tournaments in junior golf.

After each season is in the books, the Utah PGA selects 60 boys and girls for the All-State Teams. Each golfer is then rewarded with a special tournament and banquet each year. Qualifying for All-State is a major goal in the eyes of Utah juniors.

Our mission is to create lifetime golfers in Utah and create endless opportunities for kids along the Utah Junior Golf Road Map. We look forward to working with all of our allied association friends in growing the game and making a lasting difference in Utah golf. We hope all are utilizing everything the Utah Junior Golf Road Map has to offer.

 

The Utah Junior Golf Association:

The Future of Utah Golf

by Jeff Thurman

Did you know that current PGA Tour members Tony Finau, Zac Blair, Daniel Summerhays and Scott Pinckney are all alumni of the Utah Junior Golf Association? While these names are recognizable today because of their recent success on the PGA Tour, others that may not be are three of Utah’s United States National Champions. The UJGA was the proving ground for D. Scott Hailes, 1995 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion; Annie Thurman-Young, 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Champion and Clay Ogden, 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion.

The Utah Junior Golf Association (UJGA) provides competitive and developmental tournament opportunities for boys and girls 7 to 18 years of age. The UJGA creates an environment that promotes improvement in the game of golf while developing friendships and sportsmanship for junior golfers.

If you’re not familiar with the UJGA, the following questions will help you get to know the Utah Junior Golf Association.

 

What is the UJGA?

The UJGA promotes junior golf in the state of Utah and provides golf tournament opportunities for players of all abilities at golf courses throughout the state.  The Utah Junior Golf Association, founded in 1984, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, a charity, and relies on fund-raising activities and donations given to the association by clubs, corporations and individuals.

 

How do I become a UJGA Member?

Membership in the UJGA is open to all boys and girls who are 7 to 18 years of age. Membership is required for participation in UJGA-sanctioned events.  To become a member, access the UJGA’s website

(www.ujga.com) and complete the

Membership application.

 

How do I sign-up to play in UJGA tournaments?

Online registration is available on the association's website where membership and tournament entry can conveniently be done. The 2017 UJGA Tournament Schedule is now available on the website for review

(www.ujga.com).

 

 How do I determine what division I play in?

The UJGA provides opportunities for players of all abilities. Selecting the junior tour and division you will play in is based on your age and golf experience. The following is a quick summary of the three junior tour’s that the UJGA conducts.

 

COCA-COLA Jr. Tour

The Coca-Cola Jr. Tour is a developmental series for beginning to intermediate level players who are 12-years of age and younger. Divisions include the Mike Reid Flight (Boys 11-12), Garey Chadwick division (Boys 9-10), Jay Don Blake division (Boys 7-8), Carrie Roberts division (Girls 11-12) and the Annie Young division (Girls 10 & under). Parental involvement is encouraged and includes parents serving as caddies and gallery members to support their juniors.

Tournaments are 9-hole events at golf courses along the Wasatch front and St.George. The 2017 schedule includes: one regional qualifying tournament (FCG Callaway World) and one national qualifying tournament (IMG Junior World Championship). The schedule also includes two Utah state championships (Utah State Junior Amateur and the Utah State Junior Stroke Play Championships).

 

UJGA Jr. Tour

The UJGA Jr. Tour is a series of tournaments designed for juniors whose goal is to participate at a high school level. Age-divisions include the Boys 15-18 A-flight (80 to 89 ave. score), Boys 15-18 B-flight (90 & over ave. score), Boys 13-14 flight (85 & over ave score) and Girls 13-18 (90 & over ave score). Tournament yardage is set at High School length for both boys and girls. Tournaments include single and multiple round events at golf courses throughout the state of Utah.

 

MASTERS Jr. Tour

The Masters Jr. Tour is designed to challenge the top players. Divisions include the Johnny Miller (Boys 15-18 / 79 & under stroke average), Bruce Summerhays (Boys 13-14 / 85 & under stroke average), Mike Reid (Boys 11-12 / 89 & under stroke average), Belle Fellows (Girls 15-18 / 89 & under stroke average) and Judie Ahrend (Girls 13-14 / 95 & under stroke average). Tournaments include single and multiple round events at golf courses throughout the state of Utah.

The Masters Jr. Tour provides opportunity for junior golfers to compete in state, regional and national championships as well as Utah travel teams. The 2017 UJGA schedule includes two-state championships (Utah State Junior Amateur Championship, Utah State Junior Stroke Play Championship).  Qualifying tournaments for the six-national majors of junior golf (IMG Junior World, Junior PGA, Optimist, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Girls Junior and the Trusted Choice BIG I). Qualifying tournaments for two-regional championships (FCG International and FCG Callaway World Championship). Qualifying for five-Utah teams (Boys Junior Americas Cup, Girls Junior Americas Cup, Mary Cave Cup, Eddie Hogan Cup and the Border War), and qualifying tournaments for the UGA’s‚Utah State Amateur and the Utah Section PGA’s—Utah Open. In addition, there are numerous one and two day sanctioned events on the schedule for developing and honing your game!

If playing with the BEST junior golfers from Utah and from around the country is your desire, then the place for you is the Utah Junior Golf Association, “The place where The BEST juniors play!”

The Utah Junior Golf Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees with Johnny Miller serving as Chairman; Mike Reid, Bruce Summerhays and Jay Don Blake as Co-Chairmen. Nate Herzog serves as the association’s president with Jeff Thurman as executive director. For information about the program, contact the UJGA staff at

801-492-4637 or email ujga1984@gmail.com. Also please visit our website: www.ujga.com.

Disclosure: The Utah Junior Golf Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, a charity, and relies on fund-raising activities and donations given to the association by clubs, corporations and individuals. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Feature • March 2017

Uinta Golf Game Changers

Joe Judd

Everywhere Uinta

Something kind of crazy happened the other day.

As we know TaylorMade has had a ton of success on tour and with amateurs when it comes to launching new drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons. They have done it again this year as well. But what really surprised me is when Phil Deimling, our TaylorMade rep, came in to the store and was spewing golf ball excitement from his beautiful lips. Then I remembered hearing the president of our company Al Morris talking about how impressive the new golf ball from TaylorMade is. Then earlier this year I watched Jon Rahm hit the tar out of the ball and roll some really long putts that gave him a tour win at the Farmers.

Now it has my attention so here is some of the engineering nerd talk about new TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X golf balls.

The TP5 and TP5x both feature a proprietary 5-layer ball construction. Did I say 5 layer? In traditional golf balls with 3 or 4 layers, golfers are forced to settle for high wedge performance at the expense of distance, or more driver/iron distance at the expense of losing control and feel around the greens. TP5 and TP5x feature varying 5-layer constructions, whereby each ball maximizes driver and iron distance while also delivering best in class wedge performance and greenside spin. This is achieved by a unique progressive construction that manipulates the size, compression, and materials of each layer, which allows the decoupling of driver and iron speed from iron and wedge spin.

The Tri-Fast Core consists of a very low compression inner core (TP5x = 25, TP5 = 16) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The combination of these three layers work in conjunction to create lower spin and increased velocity. This gradient makes the Tri-Fast Core so unique, as it builds up speed in transferring energy from the club face to the ball and delivers incredible distance on full shots.

The Dual-Spin cover boasts an ultra-soft Cast Urethane cover and a rigid TP inner cover. This system creates a condition that is ideal for greenside control as the rigid inner cover forces the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation. The result is a multi-layer cover that is designed for extreme distance without sacrificing feel or control around the green.

 The Tri-Fast core and Dual-Spin cover give golfers more performance where it matters most – distance and wedge spin. Other characteristics can be more subjective, so TaylorMade have given golfers two options to choose from. TP5x is slightly firmer and launches higher, and TP5 features a softer feel with mid launch.

Now I realize that I just gave you a lot of info but I will tell you for sure that this is a ball you will want to give a try. I think you will like it.

Shane Scott

Riverdale Uinta

How do you beat one of the best-selling drivers of last year? TaylorMade’s M family did amazingly well at Uinta Golf and worldwide. The M2 driver from TaylorMade was our #1 seller in 2016. With tour player names like Dustin Johnson and the new addition of Tiger Woods, the M2 speaks for itself with its unmatched forgiveness and iconic Taylormade sound and feel.

Last year’s TaylorMade M2 was revolutionary in distance and forgiveness and left many people asking themselves “how does it get any better?” (a question we heard many times in the shop). The answer is found in TaylorMade’s technology. They have revolutionized the 460 CC head and made it dynamically play 485 CC while still conforming to the USGA maximum head size. The face itself is seven percent larger than the 2016 model, which makes it one of the most forgiving drivers TaylorMade has ever created.

TaylorMade has also coined the term Geocoustics.  It certifies their claim of forgiveness and incorporates the use of ribs outside of the driver leading to more distance and improved sound. This technology has made a lower center of gravity possible while creating more toe stiffness, forgiveness, and better sound.  The combination of the multi-materials in the crown and low center of gravity creates a higher launch and lower spinning club that has proven itself at a tour level. The six layer carbon fiber multi-material design gives the TaylorMade M2 incredible performance, look, and sound. The new M2 driver has made all of us at Uinta Golf extremely excited to take it out and play it this spring!

Jordan Boyce

Orem Uinta

Callaway leads the new driver charge this year with the Great Big Bertha Epic driver. The Epic introduces the innovative Jailbreak Technology, giving players one of the highest ball-speed faces ever made in a driver.  This technology inserts two titanium rods directly behind the face of the club in order to increase significant energy outward, toward the ball.  This energy increase produces higher ball speeds and maximum distance.

As well as providing ball speed increases, the Epic (460CC) has also created Callaway’s lightest crown, which allows weight to be distributed to the perimeter of the club to give the player ultimate forgiveness.

In addition to the cutting-edge distance and forgiveness, the Epic also offers shot shaping adjustability by providing a movable 17 gram weight to promote right or left ball flights, and a loft adjustment that gives options of four different lofts.  Golf has been waiting for the ‘next big thing’ in terms of equipment, and the Epic has the innovation to fill every golfer’s need.

Mike Sampson

Sandy Uinta

Ping comes into 2017 with a new version of an old favorite. The i200 was created with the same workability that has made the i-series one of the most successful lines in golf for generations. This year they've made some big changes: a face that is 30% thinner than last year’s iE line, gives the player added forgiveness without sacrificing tour feel, and a seven percent boost to the club head's moment of inertia, resulting in added forgiveness to off-center hits that you typically only see in larger game improvement irons. In fact, it has the same MOI as the G15.

Building on years of successful irons from their i-series line of products, Ping has bridged the gap between tour performance and modern day forgiveness to create the most versatile iron in golf today.

Michael Sweet

St. George Uinta

Ping comes into 2017 with a new version of an old favorite. The i200 was created with the same workability that has made the i-series one of the most successful lines in golf for generations. This year they've made some big changes: a face that is 30% thinner than last year’s iE line, gives the player added forgiveness without sacrificing tour feel, and a seven percent boost to the club head's moment of inertia, resulting in added forgiveness to off-center hits that you typically only see in larger game improvement irons. In fact, it has the same MOI as the G15.

Building on years of successful irons from their i-series line of products, Ping has bridged the gap between tour performance and modern day forgiveness to create the most versatile iron in golf today.

Tyler Farrell

Salt Lake Uinta

Ping comes into 2017 with a new version of an old favorite. The i200 was created with the same workability that has made the i-series one of the most successful lines in golf for generations. This year they've made some big changes: a face that is 30% thinner than last year’s iE line, gives the player added forgiveness without sacrificing tour feel, and a seven percent boost to the club head's moment of inertia, resulting in added forgiveness to off-center hits that you typically only see in larger game improvement irons. In fact, it has the same MOI as the G15.

Building on years of successful irons from their i-series line of products, Ping has bridged the gap between tour performance and modern day forgiveness to create the most versatile iron in golf today.

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