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Web.com Tour/Utah Championship
Alumni Update - June 10, 2014
Timing is everything in golf, as is enduring and grinding it out to the end. These are some of the traits that Steven Alker needed as he played 11 extra playoff holes in the longest playoff in PGA TOUR history to win the Cleveland Open. Steven Alker the 2013 Utah Championship Champion, who also won in a one hole playoff at Willow Creek last year, seems to be getting his game in fine shape as he will return here in July to defend his title. In Cleveland, Lakewood Country Club was the site of this historic finale, and Dawie van der Walt was the unfortunate player that took second place as Alker stuffed it to three feet on the 18th hole (the 5th time they played this hole in the 11 hole playoff) and made the putt.
Local Utahan Tony Finau finished T50 and continues to move upwards to get into the top 25 and secure his PGA TOUR card.
The Web.com Tour has a week off this week before resuming in Wichita, KS at the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. With one month until the 2014 Utah Championship, there is still time to come on out and help us as volunteers for this year’s event. Several fun positions are still available. Go to www.utahchampionship.com and sign up on line.
The PGA TOUR was in Memphis, at TPC Southwind for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Ben Crane played 30 holes on Sunday as weather pushed the players and the golf course to its limits. Crane who led wire to wire for his fifth career win and first since 2011 overcame a low point in his career having failed to qualify for the US Open just days before the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Ben who has played twice at Willow Creek C.C in 2000 -2001, jumped up to 41st in the latest FedEx Cup standings. Troy Merritt who played in the Utah Championship last year finished one shot behind Crane.
The PGA TOUR heads to Famed Pinehurst Resort and Country Club and Pinehurst # 2 for our Nations Golf National Championship the 114th U.S. Open. Local Utahan Zac Blair earned medalist honors in a sectional qualifier in Oregon to grab one of the two spots available and will compete against the world’s best this week in Pinehurst.
We’re just 4 weeks away from the 2014 Utah Championship. If you have not signed up to volunteer we still need a lot of help. Please come join us at Willow Creek Country Club July 7-13 and invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to come help be part of the only official PGA TOUR event in the state of Utah.
See you in a few weeks!!!
Web.com Tour/Utah Championship
Alumni Update - May 24, 2014
Raleigh N.C. was the site this past week for the Rex Hospital Open, where 33 year old Byron Smith cruised to a four stroke victory for his first career title, Smith shared the 54-hole lead at TPC Wakefield Plantation and distanced himself from the pack firing a stress-free 5 under par over PGA TOUR veteran Scott Gardiner and Harold Varner III. Local Utahan Tony Finau finished in a three way tie for fourth place just five back from the winner. Smith jumps from number 66 to crack the top 10 on the money list. Carols Ortiz, Andrew Putnam (brother to 2010 Utah Championship Champion Michael) and Alex Cejka hold Nos. 1-3. Tony Finau climbs closer to the top 25 up to 27th place.
The Web.com Tour takes a week off before heading to Cleveland, OH for the Cleveland Open June 5th – 8th. This a new event on the Web.com Tour will be contested at Lakewood C.C. and will be shown on the Golf Channel.
The PGA TOUR was at the Famed Colonial C.C. in Fort Worth, TX for the Crown Plaza Invitational. And in an exciting 3 hole playoff against Jason Dufner Scott, not only celebrated his win and donned the red plaid winners jacket, but justified his status as the world’s number 1 golfer. The Australian also completed the Texas Slam, having won titles in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.
Last week’s Champion and 2008 Utah Championship Champion Brendon Todd finished at T5 and moved up to number 9 on the FedEx Cup standings. Other Utah Championship Champions Josh Teater and Michael Putnam finished T38.
The PGA TOUR heads to Muirfield Village to play at Jack’s place for the Memorial Presented by Nationwide Insurance this week.
We’re just 7 weeks away from the 2014 Utah Championship. If you have not signed up to volunteer we still need a lot of help. Please come join us at Willow Creek Country Club July 7-13 and invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to come help be part of the only official PGA TOUR event in the state of Utah.