Two years after a former BYU golfer won the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open, a former University of Utah golfer is in good shape to win one for the Utes, but he may have to get past some Current and former cougars to do it.
Current BYU golfer David Timmins, a product of Brighton High who played in the US Amateur earlier in the week before being eliminated in the first round of match play, is alone in the lead at 7 and under 65 years.
Timmins had eight birdies to offset a bogey on the par-4 12th hole.
“It was really fun. … We felt like it could have been a lot better,” Timmins said, referencing a conversation he had with his caddy, fellow Cougar Brock Goyen. hit the ball very well.”
“I got a really good feel for those greens, in terms of reading them and so on. Of all the tournaments we’ve been to this summer, this is by far the best conditioned golf course we’ve been on. have played so far.—Las Vegas pro Ben Geyer
Salt Lake City’s Blake Tomlinson, who turned pro a few months ago after finishing his five-year career at the University of Utah, shot a 6-under 66 at Riverside Country Club in Provo and is tied for second place with John Oda of Hawaii, Ben Geyer of California via Las Vegas, current BYU golfer Zac Jones and former BYU USA golfer Zac Blair, who will return to the PGA Tour next month after a long rehabilitation stay.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who is attending the event for the second straight year, is tied for 25th after opening with a 2-under 70 after opening with a 68 the last year. Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, also an amateur, shot a 75 and is tied for 85th.
Tomlinson, who prepared at Skyline High, bogeyed the relatively easy first hole at Riverside and then birdied seven of his last 17 holes to take the lead before Timmins rallied on his back nine.
The second round is Saturday and the third and final round is Sunday.
“My putter was really solid today,” said Tomlinson. “I didn’t miss any shorts and made a few mid-range putts. I’m happy where I am. »
Sandy pro Todd Tanner, a former Utah State golfer, shot a 5-under 67 and is tied for seventh with a large group of other pros and a few amateurs, who are ineligible for the first place check of $20,000.
Among those under 5 are 2018 champion Dusty Fielding of Lehi, former champion Zahkai Brown of Colorado, teenager Kihei Akina of Alpine, BYU golfer Tyson Shelley and former BYU star Clay Ogden, who once played in the Masters.
Geyer, a former St. Mary’s golfer who currently resides in Las Vegas but lists his hometown as Arbuckle, Calif., came to Utah with 10 other Las Vegas residents, and seven of them made the tournament clean said, two via byes and five having qualified Monday in the qualifying event at Soldier Hollow Golf Club in Midway.
“We’re all staying together in one house and happy to be here,” said Geyer, who plans to play the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado next week with some of the same golfers.
Geyer recently won the Wyoming Open and was weak pro in one of eight pro-ams held earlier in the week, shooting a 64, so Friday’s success doesn’t surprise him.
“I got a really good feel for those greens, as far as playing them and so on,” he said. “Of all the tournaments we’ve been to this summer, this is by far the best conditioned golf course we’ve played on so far.”
Having studied the history of the tournament since it took place at Riverside, Geyer said he will have to continue to be aggressive if he hopes to win.
“There’s no gas pedal release here,” he said.
Nothing Tanner did on the front nine suggested he would do it at the back. He birdied No. 5 and bogeyed the par-3 ninth to make the par-36 turn, then kicked it off in a big way in the second half of his round.
Tanner birdied holes 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 to shoot 31 on the backstroke.
“I’ll take it,” Tanner said. “Honestly, I haven’t been here (among the leaders) for a long time. I want to play well here and represent the section (PGA Utah).
Conditions were a little tougher on Friday than they have been in the first rounds of the past two years, and the scores reflect that.
Two years ago, former BYU golfer Peter Kuest opened with a 63 to take the first-round lead and picked up an easy victory, finishing at 23 under.
Patrick Fishburn set the tournament record at under 26 when he was a BYU golfer and an amateur, of course, in 2017.
Last year, Oregon pro Matt Marshall fired a sizzling under-62 on Friday before finishing in a tie for third with former PGA Tour regular Daniel Summerhays.
Derek Fribbs, a mini-tour player from Colorado, shot a spectacular double eagle on the 15th hole on Sunday and won with a 23-under 193 in 2021.
Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open
At Par-72 Riverside Country Club, Provo
First Round High Scores
66 – John Oda, Ben Geyer, Blake Tomlinson, a-Zac Jones, Zac Blair
67 – Todd Tanner, Phillip Reedy, Dusty Fielding, Carson Roberts, Matt Snyder, a-Kihei Akina, a-Tyson Shelley, Zahkai Brown, Clay Ogden
68 – TK Kim, Daniel Summerhays, Zach Johnson, Erik Matthewson
69 — Jere Pelletier, Jared Sawada, Russell Grove, a-Hunter Howe, Brandon Kida, a-Jackson Rhees
70 — a-Martin Leon, Jeff Brehaut, Derek Fribbs, Eric McCardle, Craig Hocknull, Chris Moody, Mark Owen, a-Tony Romo, Matt Baird, Graysen Huff, Austen Christiansen, a-Brady McKinlay