Thursday , June 14, 2018 - 9:31 PM
FARMINGTON — The last round of 16 match Thursday at the Utah State Amateur Championship was between Andy Hess and Riley Morgan.
Morgan went 1-up on the 17th hole with a miraculous birdie. After his tee shot went left into the 16th fairway, Morgan hit his second shot up and over the trees to about 15 feet above the hole for birdie and made the putt.
And yet, stranger things were about to happen at Oakridge Country Club.
On the first playoff hole, Hess hit a 3-wood in the fairway. Morgan hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, but nobody found the ball and he had to hit another tee shot.
His second tee shot inexplicably went in the same direction in the same grove of trees, this time with a throng of people and golf carts to watch where his ball landed.
And still they did not find it.
“It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen in golf. Back-to-back tee shots where we lost them in the same exact spot where people are standing right there,” Hess said. “I don’t understand how we didn’t find them, but it ended the way it ended.”
Morgan’s third tee shot found the fairway, but by that time he was setting up to hit his sixth shot, and conceded the match to Hess when he didn’t hole out from about 200 yards away.
Hess advanced to an intriguing quarterfinal Friday against Preston Summerhays, the nephew of PGA Tour professional and Farmington native Daniel Summerhays.
“You never want to win that way. It was a tough match, I had to grind all day long,” Hess said.
Hess is a rising sophomore at Utah State whose parents recently moved to Layton and he now lives about 20 minutes from Oakridge. Hess plays and works at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Syracuse.
Morgan is listed as a maintenance assistant at Lakeside Golf Course in West Bountiful. He was unknown to just about everybody watching the match.
One man put it this way: “I don’t know who he is, he’s just an amateur playing really good golf right now.”
Hess led the match from the second hole all the way until the 16th when Morgan made the second of what would be three birdies in a row, capped with the eye-opening birdie on the 17th.
Earlier in the morning, Hess defeated Davis High golfer Jack Sargent, who pulled off the tournament’s biggest upset on Wednesday when he took down teammate Cole Ponich.
News and notes
Jayce Frampton (Viewmont High alumnus, current Dixie State golfer) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 win against Utah Valley University golfer Aaron Yeates.
Frampton was 4-under through 16 holes. He’ll face 2008 State Am champion Dan Horner in the quarterfinals.
Fremont and Weber State alumnus Tyler Herzog fell in the round of 16 against University of Utah golfer, and current tournament favorite, Blake Tomlinson, 4 and 3.
Current Utah Valley golfer and Davis High alumnus Jake Godfrey fell in the round of 16 against Utes golfer Kyler Dunkle after he had to win in a playoff over Jeff Jolley in the round of 32.
Godfrey started his collegiate golf career at BYU-Hawaii and transferred to UVU after BYU-H discontinued its athletic programs following the 2016-17 school year.
Luke Crapo, David Jennings, Rand Sargent, Boston Watts and Kurt Owen (all from Valley View Golf Course) fell in the round of 32.
Quarterfinal matches begin at Oakridge CC at 7:30 a.m. Semifinals will immediately follow.
7:30 a.m. — Blake Tomlinson vs. John Owen
7:40 a.m. — Kyler Dunkle vs. Darrin Overson
7:50 a.m. — Andy Hess vs. Preston Summerhays
8 a.m. — Jayce Frampton vs. Dan Horner
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