Preston Summerhays becomes youngest ever to win Utah State Amateur Championship

Saturday , June 16, 2018 - 6:04 PM

FARMINGTON — Last week, Arizona 15-year-old Preston Summerhays put his head down when he missed a short putt on the first playoff hole of the Utah State Junior Amateur Championship that cost him the match against Cole Ponich.

On Saturday, he got another shot at a title and took. He won the Utah State Amateur Championship with a 3 and 2 victory over University of Utah golfer Kyler Dunkle at Oakridge Country Club.

Summerhays, 15, is believed to be the youngest person to ever win the event, surpassing both his PGA Tour professional uncle Daniel Summerhays, who was 16 when he won the event in 2000, and George Von Elm, who was also reportedly 16 years old when he hoisted the trophy in 1917.

Summerhays birdied the fourth hole to take a 1-up lead and never relinquished throughout the 36-hole competition, eventually clinching the championship on the 16th hole with a birdie. 

Dunkle and Summerhays played very well Saturday, judging by their scorecards. When the match ended 34 holes in, Summerhays was 7-under and Dunkle was 5-under.

Summerhays, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, spends his summers in Farmington playing golf at Oakridge, where his grandfather is a member, he says. According to records, he’s the third Summerhays to win the Utah State Amateur (Daniel Summerhays in 2000-01, Bruce Summerhays in 1966).

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