Twenty-four more golfers joined the field for next month's State Amateur golf tournament by shooting scores of 76 or better at Bountiful Golf Course Friday.
Peter Brown, who hasn't been heard from lately after being one of the top junior golfers in the state a few years back, won medalist honors with an even-par 71.The 22-year-old Brown will be playing in the State Amateur for the first time next month at Jeremy Ranch (July 10-14). This was only the second time Brown has even tried to qualify for the State Am.
Brown, who attended Skyline High and has been a student at the University of Utah, spent some past summers back East, including 1988 when he made his mark at the Western Junior Amateur in Chicago. In that tournament he finished close behind amateur phenom Phil Mickelson and won three matches. He's looking forward to playing some matches at Jeremy Ranch.
"This makes me very happy," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing at Jeremy Ranch and in the Tournament of Champions."
By winning the qualifier, Brown earned a berth in the season-ending Tournament of Champions at Wolf Creek.
He said his round was "boring" with three birdies and three bogeys. But his last birdie was a beauty and avoided another four-way playoff like they had at the South Central qualifier on Wednesday at Bonneville.
Brown's second shot on the 485-yard par-5 was at the bottom on a hill buried in some heavy grass. But he chipped it up onto the green just three feet away and sank the putt.
Finishing in a three-way tie for second at 72 were Jon Morgan, Shane McMillan and Brent Marriott. The five golfers at 73 included Mike Green, Dave Hedderman, Kirk Bowler, Mark Domm and Chick Lignell.