Southern Utah Unviersity’s Jake Vincent will take on defending champ Preston Summerhays on Friday in the Utah State Amateur quarterfinals at Soldier Hollow.
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MIDWAY — The remaining competitors in the 121st Utah State Amateur are entering uncharted territory; except for the defending champion, that is.

In a tournament that often has a good mix of familiar faces and new players finding success, the 2019 State Amateur proved to be different Thursday at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. After a day defined by numerous upsets, seven competitors who have never been to the quarterfinals of the State Amateur remain and will be looking to take down last year’s winner, Preston Summerhays.

One such new face is Jake Vincent, who won the Big Sky individual title last season and will be a senior at Southern Utah this fall. The California native will be Summerhays’ first challenger Friday morning after defeating Masen Ward 2 & 1 in his morning match and promising BYU golfer Zach Jones 3 & 2 in his afternoon match.

Against Jones, who looked poised for a deep run after solid play leading up to Thursday, Vincent was unfazed and started hot with birdies on the first two holes to take an early two-hole lead that he would never give up.

“Honestly, Zach (Jones) is one of the best players I’ve played with at such a young age. The whole day I was just waiting for him to come get me and I really thought he was going to,” Vincent said.

“Winning last year basically gave me lots of experience, so I kind of knew how to control my emotions when things were coming out of hand.”

Preston Summerhays

The T-Bird attributed much of his success this week to his experience in college golf, as well as his early losses in match-play in …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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Golf: Unfamiliar faces to challenge Utah State Am defending champion

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