FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah State Amateur is in the books, and in the record books. 15-year-old Preston Summerhays became the youngest champion ever in the 120 year history of the “Longest continuously held tournament in the world”.
Summerhays, playing on the course he grew up on, Oakridge Country Club, was taking on University of Utah golfer Kyler Dunkle in the 36 hole match play final.
Summerhays hit huge drives, and showed a very nice touch around the greens to defeat Dunkle, 3 & 2.
“That honestly, that was the goal to be the youngest ever to win so it means a ton,” Summerhays said. “I’ve wanted to win this tournament for the last three years so it means a lot.”
His father Boyd, who coaches Tony Finau on the PGA Tour, flew in from the U.S. Open to watch his son in the championship match.
“He just keeps getting better,:” Boyd said. “He’s a humble kid. He knows he’s good, but he knows he can always get better. He’s had a lot of people supporting him. Not just myself but he’s got a great mom, great siblings. He didn’t act like a 15-year-old. He acted like a tour player and a seasoned guy.”
Preston grabbed the lead in the morning 18 and held on the rest of the day. He had suspect shots on 10 and 11, bout bounced back with birdies on 13 and 14 to go 3-up with four holes to play.
Dunkle birdied the par-3 15th hole to cut the lead to two with three holes to play, but Preston hit a marvelous chip shot on the par-5 16th hole, and made the 14 foot birdie putt to clinch the match, 3 & 2 to claim the State Am title, and he becomes the youngest champion ever.