Golf: Utah Championship stays in June and two-time State Amateur winner Preston Summerhays commits to Arizona State
(Alex Gallivan | Special to the Tribune) Kristoffer Ventura, winner of the Utah Championship in Farmington in June, receives the trophy from Kelepi Finau.
The Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank will keep its late-June dates on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour schedule, announced Tuesday.
The $725,000 golf tournament will be staged June 25-28 at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, televised by the Golf Channel. The Utah stop will follow an event in Wichita, Kan., then the tour will take a week off before resuming in Berthoud, Colo., in the second week of July.
Patrick Fishburn, an alumnus of Fremont High School and BYU, will be a Korn Ferry Tour member in 2020. He advanced to that level, one step below the PGA Tour, by winning the last tournament
of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour-Canada season and finishing fifth in the Order of Merit.
Park City resident Steele DeWald advanced through the first stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying last week in St. George. Second-stage events will be conducted at five sites in November and the finals will be played in December in Florida.
The Utah Championship has showcased many future PGA Tour stars since its launch in Provo in 1990. Cameron Champ, the 2018 winner at Oakridge, has won two PGA Tour titles, including last month's Safeway Open at Napa, Calif.
The 2019 event, won by Kristoffer Ventura, helped former BYU golfer Zac Blair return to the PGA Tour. Blair tied for 11th place in Farmington, then won a tournament in northern California
to secure a spot among the Korn Ferry Tour’s top 25 players. Blair has started the PGA Tour’s 2019-20 schedule in good form. He ranks No. 28 in the FedEx Cup standings, thanks largely to a tie for fourth in the Safeway Open.
Ventura is No. 86 in the standings, after winning twice on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019.
Summerhays commits to Arizona State
Preston Summerhays, the two-time defending champion of the Utah State Amateur, has committed to Arizona State in the class of 2021, his father announced.
Summerhays, a Davis County native who spends the summers in Utah, is a high school junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. He will join the ASU program that’s coached by Matt Thurmond, a former BYU golfer. Summerhays followed his second State Am title with a victory in the U.S. Junior Amateur
in Ohio in July.