A familiar course will be host to the 121st Utah State Amateur Championship, which begins on Monday.
Soldier Hollow Golf Course will the site for the sixth time. The annual tournament begins on July 8 and is scheduled to conclude on July 13, in Midway. Soldier Hollow has two 18-hole courses — Gold and Silver — and both will be used.
A total of 288 qualifiers will begin with a round of stroke play on Monday, followed by a second round on Tuesday. Following 36 holes of stroke play, the low 64 players will advance to a match play bracket, with the championship match scheduled for Saturday, July 13, on Soldier Hollow’s Gold course.
A handful of golfers with ties to Cache Valley made it through various qualifiers and will be teeing it up Monday. Ryan Seamons, who will be a senior at Sky View High School, tied for third last fall at the 4A state tournament as the Bobcats finished third as a team. Two former Logan High golfers also are in the field in Seth Tremayne and Aiden Tueller.
Seamons will begin bright and early Monday morning on the Gold course, while Tueller and Tremayne will play in the afternoon on Gold. Those three will then play the Silver course on Tuesday.
A trio of current Utah State University golfers will be trying to make some noise next week in Andy Hess, Chase Lansford and Cameron Tucker. Hess, who is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, has done well at the State Am in the past and will be a junior at USU. Lansford is from Colleyville, Texas, and is a senior. Tucker is from Ogden and will be a sophomore.
There are also five former Aggies in the field. They include Braydon Swapp, Brennan Coburn, Brendan Dennis, Tanner Tregeagle and Taylor Garner. In 2017, Swapp was the medalist after stroke play and made it all the way to the championship match. He had to settle for second place, as Kelton Hirsch won the title match 7 and 5.
The last time an Aggie or local golfer made it to the championship before Swapp was Devin Daniels. The Sky View grad advanced to the final match in 2008, but also had to settle for second after two extra holes against Dan Horner.
Jason Wight won the title in 1995, when the Logan Golf & Country Club hosted. He was the last USU golfer to win it. Wight is from Box Elder County.
A lot of attention will be paid to the defending champion as he is the youngest winner in the history of the event. Preston Summerhays was 16. This year he will be joined by his 14-year-old sister Grace Summerhays, who is the youngest woman to ever qualify for the State Am. She is only the fourth in history to do so. They are the children of former PGA Tour member Boyd Summerhays.
Annie Young, who was from Utah and played collegiately for Oklahoma State, was the first female to play in 2004 with a special UGA exemption and qualified in 2005. Other women to qualify include Naomi Soifua (2017), a BYU golfer, and Carly Dehlin-Hirsch (2018), who played for Utah Valley University.