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Utah's Schow leads BYU's Ponich, Park City's Shluker by 1 as 122nd Utah State Amateur opens

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Sep. 1, 2020 at 8:28 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Park City High golfer Mitchell Schow shot 6-under-par 66 to finish one stroke atop the leaderboard Tuesday after the first round of the 122nd Utah State Amateur championship at Jeremy Ranch golf and country club in Park City.

The University of Utah senior carded seven birdies with one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Park City native Justin Shluker and BYU golfer Cole Ponich. Schow got rolling with a run of three-straight birdies on Nos. 11-13 to seize the advantage.

Schow, a Park City High graduate, played in seven events during a senior season that was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic with seven top-50 appearances and 13 rounds of par or better.

Shluker carded six birdies to finished tied for second with Ponich, a Davis High graduate who had seven birdies and two bogeys on the day.

Davis Park’s Kirk Siddens, St. George’s Daren Johnson and Mountain View’s John Owen all shot 3-under to round out the top five, with ties.

Schow will tee off Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Schluker and Ponich are both scheduled in the afternoon flight, at 2:40 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., respectively.

The longest continuous running golf tournament in the country, the 122nd Utah State Amateur will conclude stroke play Wednesday, followed by a match-play bracket to crown a new champion.

Two-time defending champion Preston Summerhays will not play after the 18-year-old Arizona State commit opted for an American Junior Golf Association event in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Complete results, as well as Wednesday tee times, are available through the Utah Golf Association.

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