Preston Summerhays keeps winning golf matches, advancing to the U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Preston Summerhays, 16, fist bumps with his father Boyd as he competes in the State Amateur golf champion at Soldier Hollow Golf Course on Saturday, July 13, 2019, beating Chase Lansford 7 and 6 in the final championship match.

State Amateur champion Preston Summerhays claimed two victories Thursday in the U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament, winning No. 18 in each match at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Counting his six match-play wins in the State Am last week at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, the 16-year-old Summerhays will take a 9-0 record into Friday’s quarterfinals.

Playing as the No. 11 seed in the Junior Amateur, Summerhays took 1-up wins over Michael Brennan of Virginia in the round of 32 and Akshay Bhatia of North Carolina in the round of 16. Against Brennan, Summerhays lost Nos. 16 and 17 before winning No. 18 with a birdie. In the afternoon match, Summerhays lost No. 17 to drop into another tie but won No. 18 with a par.

Summerhays, who attends high school in suburban Phoenix, spends the summers in Davis County. His quarterfinal opponent will be Austin Greaser of Ohio, the No. 19 seed. The semifinals will be played Friday afternoon and the final match is scheduled for Saturday.

UGA Women's Stroke Play

Idaho State golfer Tyler Erickson came from seven strokes behind in the final round to win the Utah Golf Association's Women's Stroke Play tournament at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway.

Erickson shot 77-73 for a total of 6-over-par 150, edging recent Bingham High School graduate Carissa Graft (77-74) and first-round leader Kerstin Fotu (70-81), a former Lone Peak golfer. Fotu triple-bogeyed the par-4 No. 9 and bogeyed No. 18; Graft double-bogeyed No. 18, after being tied for the lead.

BYU's Anna Kennedy (75-77) and Utah Valley University's Bailey Henley (73-79) tied for fourth, followed by Jessica Sloot (80-74).

Erickson bogeyed two of the first three holes and two of the last three holes on the Gold course Thursday, but made four birdies in the middle of the round. Fotu triple-bogeyed the par-4 No. 9 and bogeyed No. 18. Graft double-bogeyed No. 18 after being tied for the lead with Erickson, who's from Soda Springs, Idaho.

The State Women’s Amateur, with two days of stroke-play qualifying followed by four rounds of match play, is July 29-Aug. 1 at the Logan Country Club.