Utah Golf Shows Out in Arizona

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Utah Golf Shows Out in Arizona

Jordan Costello tees up for Utah Golf (Photo: Utah Athletics)

Jordan Costello tees up for Utah Golf (Photo: Utah Athletics)

Jordan Costello tees up for Utah Golf (Photo: Utah Athletics)

Jordan Costello tees up for Utah Golf (Photo: Utah Athletics)

By Ryker Jackson

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The Utah golf team played in the Maui Jim Intercollegiate Golf Tournament this week, finishing in a tie for fifth place. This tournament was held in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend, and it wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. Senior Jordan Costello led the team, finishing the tournament tied for 12th overall while shooting four-under par (66). Mitchell Schow finished tied for 18th after shooting one-over par for the day (71). The team is looking to continue the positive momentum gained throughout the tournament into the rest of the season.

After the first round on Friday, the golf team finished the day shooting four-under par as a whole. They were ninth overall.

Head Coach Garett Clegg said, “We got off to a slow start and we were two over par through nine holes, we played a lot better on the final nine holes. There is a lot of golf remaining and we will hopefully play better the next couple of rounds.”

His words proved prophetic, as the Utes moved up three spots on day two and they finished in sixth place. The team shot 11 under-par on the day.

Following day two, Coach Clegg said, “We got off to a really good start today and rode the momentum all day.”

Schow, a senior, shot 3-under par (67) for the second day in a row. Costello rose 22 spots on the leaderboard and shot 4-under par (66) on the day.

Coach Clegg said of Costello’s performance the second day, “Jordan had a fantastic finish to his round today. He was only one-under par with three holes remaining and he eagled his 16th hole and made one birdie on the 17th hole to finish strong.”

Freshman Jesper Von Reedtz is also worth mentioning — he made a huge leap by shooting four-under on the day. He jumped 27 spots on the leaderboard. Clegg said, “Jesper had a great ball striking day. He hit every fairway and nearly every green and made five birdies.”

On day three the Utes continued playing well, finishing in a tie for 5th overall at the tournament. They shot even par, shooting 15-under par for the combined three-day total. Coach Clegg said, “This was a tournament with several elite college golf programs, and for us to finish in the top five is a huge confidence boost for our players.”

Costello improved his score every round and Clegg said, “Jordan was absolutely huge for the team, he played extremely well.” Schow also found himself in the top 20 — he tied for 18th at the conclusion of the tournament.

Junior Tristan Mandur shot even par for all three days, boosting the team’s overall score. Von Reedtz finished at 44th overall and Blake Tomlinson, a junior, ended at 51st.

The next tournament for the Utes will be held on Sept. 27 at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Utes will be looking for even more improvement then, as their prospects for the remainder of the season continue to improve.

 

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