State Am ends at Soldier Hollow |

State Am ends at Soldier Hollow

Another Utah State Amateur Tournament is now in the books, and yet another feather is in the cap of nearby Soldier Hollow Golf Course. According to Soldier Hollow Golf Course head pro Chris Newson, the event couldn’t have run more smoothly.

"I didn’t hear one negative comment all week long," Newson said. "It was a flawless event."

Part of the noteworthy event was a championship round that extended all day long and welcomed many spectators. In the end, the prized trophy went to 30-year-old Dan Horner, a New Jersey transplant who played golf at Rutgers University. Horner beat Utah State University golfer Devin Daniels in Sunday’s final when his even-par performance on the 38th hole in sudden death beat Daniel’s bogey. The two-round championship featured numerous ties and lasted a whopping nine hours.

"We had outstanding golf as well, as exemplified by the extra holes," Newson said.

A few days prior, Summit County players put their best foot forward in Friday’s match play on the Silver Course in an attempt to earn a ticket to the final rounds, but weren’t quite able to make the cut. Parkite Michael McRea, winner of the 2005 Utah State Am and medalist in the qualifying round with an eight-under-par combined score of 136, beat Justin Labrum in the first round of match play on Friday 4 and 2. However, he lost later in the day when Darrin Overson, another former State Am champ, defeated him 4 and 3.

South Summit High School teen phenom, Tyler Haws, 15, who scored an impressive 68 in the qualifying round, lost in the first round of match play when O.J. Ainsworth defeated him 3 and 1.

The action will return to the Midway course in just two years. Soldier Hollow has signed a long-term contract with the Utah Golf Association to hold the Utah State Am there every other year for the next 10 years.

Newson was also quite pleased with the condition of the course. Numerous golfers mentioned that the condition were some of the best in the state. Newson said the course condition was a testament to the hard work of Soldier Hollow’s golf superintendent, Steve Moulsen.

"Our superintendent did a spectacular job," he said. "Our course was in great shape considering the winter we had."

Newson said he will likely hold championship rounds on the Silver Course for years to come. He said the course offered a spectacular gallery during the State Am for people both on the course and watching from the windows of the pro shop that overlook the course.

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