The third annual Ben Hogan-Utah Classic golf tournament gets under way at Riverside Country Club in Provo Friday and if its anything like the first two, fans will see one of the Hogan Tour's best players end up with the trophy.
Remember in 1990, a long-hitting, blond-mopped golfer named John Daly captured the Hogan title. Of course Daly has gone on to become perhaps the most talked about golfer on the PGA Tour since winning the PGA title.Last year a little-known golfer named Ted Tryba won at Riverside. This year Tryba has emerged as one of the Hogan Tour's top golfers with a victory and a fourth-place ranking on the money list. He's likely to be one of the five Hogan golfers to graduate to the PGA if he can hold his top-five ranking.
Because the Utah tourney is the fourth-to-last on the Hogan schedule, most all of the top Hogan players will be here, including 28 tourney winners and most of the top 50 money-winners. Besides the Hogan regulars, about 20 of Utah's top pros will compete including the likes of Milan Swilor, Kim Thompson and Steve Schneiter.
The tournament starts Friday morning, continues Saturday and concludes Sunday after the field is cut to the low 50 players plus ties. The winner of the $125,000 tournament receives $25,000.