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UTAH'S PRO GOLFERS HONING THEIR SKILLS ON GOLDEN STATE TOUR

The local golf tournament season doesn't get into full swing for another month, but several Utah professionals have been honing their games on the Golden State Tour this winter. And doing quite well.

Mike Borich, an assistant pro at Alpine C.C., has done the best moneywise, finishing second twice to rank 10th on the money list with $4,051 in six events.Kury Reynolds, a 22-year-old who prepped at Skyline High, won the tournament at Rancho San Diego in El Cajon, Calif., in mid-February and took home a $2,400 check, the first four-figure check of his career.

Eric Hogg, the former U. of U. and Skyline High golfer finished 3rd at a tourney in Henderson, Nev. and won $1,350, while Mountain View assistant Milan Swilor and Pebblebrook assistant Steve Schneiter also picked up checks by finishing in the top 15.HANDICAP CHANGE: A change in the United States Golf Association policy of determining handicaps has brought about a change in the way the Utah Golf Association will figure its handicaps this year.

In the past the UGA has used separate handicaps for tournament play and casual play. But now the UGA will institute the USGA policy, which combines tournament and regular scores in a complicated, but supposedly fairer fashion for all.

"Our UGA tournament handicap has worked reasonably well," said UGA President Karl Thalman. "But with the USGA adopting this tournament-weighted formula, it makes our system redundant and it is no longer required."UGA MOVE: After several years of pursuing new office space, the Utah Golf Association will have a new home in 1993.

The UGA has decided to locate at the clubhouse of the new Eagle Wood Golf Course in North Salt Lake, which will begin construction this year.

Eagle Wood is a par-71, 7,000-yard course being designed by Keith Foster, who was the key designer of the Wingpointe Golf Course in Salt Lake.

The course will be located on a bench overlooking the Great Salt Lake. The Clubhouse is scheduled to open in July of 1993 TOURNEY TIME: At the Winterchamps tournament earlier this month at St. George, Todd Barker was the men's winner with a 142 total, three shots better than Randy Robertson. In the women's division, Melanie Warren shot a 160 to defeat Stephanie Brockbank by six shots.

Only a couple of handfuls of tournaments will be played in Utah during the month of April. The only tournaments scheduled along the Wasatch Front are the Westridge 4-Ball on April 5, the Nibley Park 4-Ball April 18-19 and the Golden Spike Amateur at Eagle Mountain April 25.

The next local professional tournament is the Spanish Oaks Open May 1-3.STRAY SHOTS: Steve Elliott, the former Bonneville assistant, who began his duties as head pro at Nibley Park earlier this month, has chosen Glen Spencer and Mike Waldram as his assistants . . . And Alan James has been elevated to the head professional job at Mountain View, replacing Norm Rackley. He chose Meadowbrook assistant Todd Meyer as his new assistant . . . Rick Warner Enterprises has signed an agreement to become the presenting sponsor of the 1992 Ben Hogan Utah Classic. The tourney will be played the week of Sept. 21-27 at Riverside Country Club . . . Mark Passey, former UGA Executive Director and now the Central Region Manager for the USGA, has been assigned Utah as one of 10 states under his supervision. . . The UGA has increased its membership fee from $12 to $15 for the 1992 golf season . . . The 1992 Utah Arizona Challenge Match between the top amateurs in Utah and Arizona, will be played Sept. 28-29 at the Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz . . . San Juan professional Grant Leavitt has retired after 30 years of service . . . Jimmy Blair has taken over management of the Jeremy Ranch Golf Course, still owned by the Virginia Beach Savings and Loan.