Ponich gets 2-seed, match-play field set for 120th Utah State Am

Tuesday , June 12, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The match-play field of 64 is set after two rounds of qualifying play for the 120th Utah State Amateur Championship held at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington and Davis Park Golf Course in Fruit Heights.

Davis High golfer Cole Ponich tied for second by shooting 11-under and will be the No. 2 seed. Ponich tied with Jayce Frampton, a Viewmont alumnus and current Dixie State golfer, who carded an 8-under 63 on Tuesday.

Kyler Dearden, a recently graduated Weber State golfer and Northridge High alumnus, finished tied for seventh at 5-under.

Jake Godfrey, a rising senior at Utah Valley University and Davis High alumnus, had perhaps the best second-day charge in the field. After shooting 4-over 76 Monday, Godfrey went off for an 8-under 63 to finish tied for 10th at 4-under overall.

Also at 4-under was current Weber State golfer Boston Watts, who shot 3-under 68 on Tuesday. Viewmont alumnus Logan Skalka shot 5-under Tuesday to finish 3-under overall and tied for 14th.

Layton resident David Jennings, defending State Amateur champion Kelton Hirsch and Davis alumnus Jesse Henderson qualified for match play at 3-under par. Blake Tomlinson was the high qualifier, shooting 15-under over the two days of qualifying.

In the playoff to decide the final qualifiers among those tied at 3-over par, Davis High golfer Jack Sargent made a birdie on the third playoff hole to grab the final spot. Braydon Swapp, last year’s runner-up, also prevailed in the playoff to make the knockout round.

Locals who qualified:

11-under: Jayce Frampton, Cole Ponich

5-under: Kyler Dearden

4-under: Jake Godfrey, Boston Watts

3-under: Logan Skalka, David Jennings, Kelton Hirsch, Jesse Henderson

2-under: Weber State alumnus Kurt Owen, Daniel Meaders (Glen Eagle Golf Course)

1-under: Andy Hess (Valley View Golf Course), Davis High golfer Rand Sargent

Even par: Josh Roberts (Ogden Golf and Country Club), Curtis Cook (Oakridge Country Club)

1-over: Dane Nelson (Davis High, Dixie State), Marty Jacks (Oakridge, Weber State alumnus)

2-over: Christopher Romney (Valley View GC), Tyler Herzog (The Barn Golf Course), Luke Crapo (Valley View GC), Bonneville High golfer Cameron Tucker, Eric Ashcroft (Davis Park Golf Course)

3-over: Braydon Swapp (The Barn GC), Jack Sargent (Davis Park GC), Preston Wallace (Layton)


Round of 64 matches are scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington with No. 1 seed Blake Tomlinson taking on No. 64 Ali Hameed. Ponich tees of at 10:10 a.m.

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