Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Jon Wright. Courtesy Randy Dodson | Fairways Media
Utah State Amateur: Former champs fill quarterfinals bracket
First Published Jul 11 2013 08:40 pm • Last Updated Jul 11 2013 10:53 pm

Midway • While changes to this year’s Utah State Amateur Championship allowed more golfers to compete, it’s the old guard that’s dominating the field at Soldier Hollow Golf Club.

The top half of Friday’s quarterfinal bracket looks like this: 2012 defending champion Jon Wright will tee off against 2008 champion Dan Horner; 2011 champion Jeff Evans will play 2010 champion Joe Parkinson.

At a glance

Round of 16 results

Utah State Amateur

» Jon Wright def. Nathan Nyman, 3 and 2

» Dan Horner def. Jordan Hammer, 8 and 6

» Joe Parkinson def. John Owen, 5 and 4

» Jeff Evans def. Joey Olson, 3 and 1

» Cole Ogden def. Kai Ruiz, 5 and 4

» Jeff Powars def. Tanner Higham, 19 holes

» Jacob Holt def. Kelton Hirsch, 2 up

» Connor Jones def. Charlie Duensing, 20 holes

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Evans, who won the tournament two years ago when it was contested here at Soldier Hollow, looked to have the easiest path to the quarterfinals when he drew No. 60 seed Joey Olson. But Olson was the only golfer to put up much of a fight against one of the four past champions and took the match all the way until the 17th hole.

"I definitely had confidence in my ball striking today, but I’m struggling with the greens a little," Evans said after defeating Olson 3 and 1. "Both guys I played today played well; I just was able to do it a little bit longer than they were."

Evans, who is from Cedar City and played golf at Southern Utah University, said he plays at Soldier Hollow only about once a year, but it seems to suit him well. Besides advancing to the quarterfinals this year and winning in 2011, he said he had advanced to a national tournament through qualifying at this course.

"It’s just full of good memories," Evans said.

As for Highland’s Olson, he made it much further than expected as the No. 60 seed and was the lowest-seeded golfer left in the Round of 16.

"I’m kind of a nobody with Utah golf," Olson said, "But I feel like I can compete with anybody, so I wasn’t intimidated. I felt like it was a good chance for me to show people that I can play."

Defending champion Wright won his match 3 and 2 against the other Round of 16 surprise participant, 48th-seeded Nathan Nyman.

On the bottom half of the bracket, BYU golfer Cole Ogden easily advanced 5 and 4 past Kai Ruiz. In the quarterfinals he’ll tee off against the lowest-seeded golfer left in the tournament, 42nd-seeded Jeff Powars. Playing against No. 7 seed Tanner Higham in the Round of 16, Powars trailed for the entire match before coming from behind to get to all square on 17. After halving 18, Powars won the extra hole to advance to the quarterfinals.


story continues below
story continues below

Connor Jones needed 20 holes to beat Charlie Duensing. Jones, the No. 27 seed, will tee off against No. 30 seed Jacob Holt on Friday.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.