Former Utah State Am champ Dan Horner captured his 1st win of the new season at the Schneiter Memorial Am at The Bluff Golf Course March 1. Horner said he was “happy to just be out playing golf” then birdied 3 of last 4 holes to secure the win and be named Zions Bank Player of the Week.
With his victory at the John A. Burns Invitational, his 4th win of the season, BYU Men’s Golf Peter Kuest is named the Zions Bank Player of the Week! Kuest (66-72-68) birdied the last hole to win by 1-shot. He has also won St Mary's, Pacific & Tucker Invitationals this season.
After notching his first collegiate victory at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational and winning Big Sky Golfer of the Week, Southern Utah University’s Jake Vincent is our Zions Bank Player of The Week!
Through the first three Utah Golf Association Player Performance Rankings events of 2019, Lone Peak High Senior Zach Jones went a combined 17-under in six rounds of golf to capture a second place finish and two wins. In recognition of his solid play to start the season, Jones has been named the Zions Bank Champion of the Month.
What year did you start playing golf?
I started playing competitive golf in 2011.
Who has been your biggest influence in golf?
My Dad, he introduced me to the game and has been my golf coach since then.
What has been your biggest thrill in golf?
The biggest thrill I’ve had in golf is the back-9 in the 2018 Utah High School State Championship, and especially the 60-foot putt on the last hole to win the individual title.
What’s your dream foursome?
Tiger Woods (at his best), Jack Nicklaus (at his best) and Jordan Spieth. Basically, I want to see the match that nobody can see but everyone wants to see. And, at St Andrews.
Best club in your bag?
My 3-wood is my favorite club.
What Utah tournament would you love to win?
The Utah State Amateur.
Do you have a golf good luck charm?
My Mom is my good luck charm. She comes to almost all of my tournaments.
What part of your game do you want to improve this year?
My wedges need to be better. I want hit them a little closer from the fairway and get up and down more often.
Who is your favorite professional golfer?
What’s in your bag?
Driver: Titleist TS3 9.5
Fairway woods: Titleist TS3 3 wood
Irons: Titleist AP3 3iron, Titleist CB 4iron, Titleist MB 5-9
Wedges: Titleist SM7 60, 55, 52, and 46 degrees
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Golf Ball: Titleist ProV1
Zach Jones grabbed a two-shot win at the Sand Hollow Amateur last weekend, his second UGA PPR win of the new tournament season, and has, for the second time this year, been named the @zionsbank Player of the Week.
15-year old Berlin Long has been named the Zions Bank Player of the Week for her win of the Hurricane City Am at Sky Mountain GC Jan 25-26 Berlin's one of the top players in the UJGA and a former Utah qualifier of the Drive Chip and Putt National Championship at Augusta National!
Darrin Overson was unaware of his position in the UGA Mid-Amateur Championship as he stood over a 15-foot par putt on Alpine Country Club's 18th green. He just knew he wanted to make it.
As it turned out, Overson's smooth stroke just made his four-stroke victory appear a bit more convincing. It also was a nice way to finish a bogey-free final round that gave him satisfaction as he held the traveling trophy on July 10.
“It's about time my name gets on this trophy,” he said.
The timing of his name's engraving is significant. It comes 20 years after he won the State Amateur, during the tournament's centennial observance. So it would have made a good story if either Overson or runner-up Dan Horner had won the Mid-Am title, considering that 2018 is the 10-year anniversary of Horner's State Am title.
Playing aggressively, Horner hit his approach shot long and left on No. 18 and triple-bogeyed the hole. Overson's rounds of 69-71-69 were good for a 7-under-par total, followed by Horner (71-70-72), Kirk Siddens (68-71-75), Blake Murray (66-74-75) and Alpine member Steven Borget (73-72-71).
Lone Peak High's Zach Jones earns the @zionsbank Player of the Week honors with St. George Amateur, a @utahga PPR event, win. With 5 birdies in his last 9 holes, Jones was 9-under & T1. On the 2nd playoff hole, the #BYUMGolf commit drained a 30-foot birdie to win.
Siddens’ Aces Underline Coral Canyon Am
By Randy Dodson
Kirk Siddens doesn’t care, all he knows is that he doubled is career hole-in-one total, in a four hole stretch, and won the Senior Flight of the Coral Canyon Amateur, a Utah Golf Association Senior Player Performance Rankings event.
Acing both the par-3 3rd and the par-3 6th holes jump started Siddens’ opening round 7-under 65 and provided just enough cushion to edge Randy Hicken (-3) by a stroke after a final round 75, to claim the 36-hole title.
“I didn’t see it go in on the first one because of the hole location but on 6 I hit it right over the flag and it sucked back and kept trickling, trickling and then it disappeared,” said Siddens. “Then we went crazy because that doesn’t happen.”
Meanwhile, University of Utah Senior golfer Kyler Dunkle continued his winning ways with a 11-under 66-67 – 133 performance to outpace runner-up Zach Jones by five strokes to get the Championship Flight win.
Since his runner-up finish in last year’s Utah State Amateur, Dunkle has been crowned champion in the Colorado State Amateur, Low Amateur in the Utah Open, medalist in two of Utah’s fall season tournaments and now the top spot 2019 Coral Canyon Amateur.
“I’ve been able to capitalize on some of the better opportunities that I’ve had and haven’t been making too many mistakes. I’ve been able to make a lot of birdies. I hit driver every time I can and try to get down the hole as far as I can. I just need to give myself decent birdie looks,” said Dunkle.
Brigham Young University commit Jones shot finished the tournament at 6-under par as runner-up. Jereme Johnson shot a (+2) 73-73 – 146 to claim First Flight honors.