State am wraps up |

State am wraps up

If there is a bright side in losing, Parkite Steele DeWald found it at the 2006 Utah State Amateur at Soldier Hollow Golf course this week.

Although the Arizona State University golfer was not able to move beyond Friday’s match play on the Gold course, he lost to the tournament’s eventual champion, Tony Finau, 3 and 2.

Finau, a student at Salt Lake’s West High School, who is only 16, beat Brigham Young University junior Daniel Summerhays 3 and 2 in the championship match on Sunday at the Midway course.

Soldier Hollow head pro Chris Newson was pleased that the weather and the course held up so well for the five straight days of tournament play

"It was phenomenal," Newson said. "The weather was perfect. Everybody had nothing but positive things to say."

The Utah Golf Association was also singing Soldier Hollow’s praises for both course quality and the double course’s ability to host a much larger field.

"They couldn’t be happier," Newson said. "It was really good for membership to have 300 people qualify and to have everything go so well."

It’s now back to business as usual for the double course situated at the 2002 Olympic cross-country venue. Newson is hopeful that the statewide exposure gained from the 108th playing of the prestigious tournament helps bring more business to the public course, which offers championship style golf and overlooks the Heber Valley.

"I think people are following up on it and finding out what it’s all about," Newson said.

He says that already new people from around the state have signed up for tee times to see how they stack up against Utah’s best.

"They ask me, ‘Are the greens still fast? Are the holes in the same place?’" said Newson and added that the course should stay at championship-level quality for the next three weeks.

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