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JOB TOPS CENTRAL REGION QUALIFIERS
IN ALL, 46 GOLFERS SCORE WELL ENOUGH TO ADVANCE TO STATE AMATEUR

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IN ALL, 46 GOLFERS SCORE WELL ENOUGH TO ADVANCE TO STATE AMATEUR

Looking at some of the names on the scoreboard, it was difficult to tell what kind of sporting event was going on Glendale Golf Course Wednes day where 164 golfers competed in the Central Region Qualifying, trying for the 41 spots into the State Amateur next month.

Let's see, there was Gordon Hudson of pro football fame, who qualified with a 73. There was Craig Hammer, the former University of Utah basketball player, who also shot a 73. And of course, there was baseball player Ryan Job who qualified with a 68.Ryan Job?

Well, Job may not have made a name for himself in five years in the Houston Astros orginization, but he's doing it on the golf course instead. His 4-under-par 68 earned him medalist honors over many of the state's top amateurs.

Veteran Ken Cromwell, a former State Am finalist, was all alone in second at 69. Five golfers came in at 70 including Steve Brinton, Randy Robertson, Chuck O'Brien, Rich Rawdin and Spence Ahrend, while another five, Sam Williams, John Bowers, David Summerhays, Jeff Jolley and Alan Tolman, finished at 71.

Actually, the most important score of the day was 75, the cutoff score to make it into the July 5-9 State Amateur at Riverside Country Club in Provo. In all, 46 golfers ended up qualifying, with scores of 75 or less since the tourney format called for the low 41 golfers plus ties. Nevertheless, Job was excited to be the best of the 46 qualifiers.

"I enjoy competition and I like to win."," said the 27-year-old Job, who advanced as high as Triple-A ball in Tucson before packing it in three years ago. "It's fun playing in these amateur tournaments."

Job's only previous golf victory was in last year's Mick Riley Amateur, where he also shot a 68, his best score ever. His round Wednesday was highlighted by an eagle at the 330-yard par-4 15th hole. After nearly driving the green, Job chipped in from 25 feet. He also had birdies at 2, 6, 9 and 13 and a pair of bogeys.

This is an exciting week for Job. Not only did he capture the biggest golf win of his life, he's also getting married Friday.

The State Am qualifying continued with the North Central Qualifying Thursday at Bountiful. The Dixie qualifier is set for Friday, while the North qualifier will be Monday at Brigham City.