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WAYMENT, SUTTERFIELD SET UP STATE AM DUEL

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Last year Brad Sutterfield accomplished a rare double by winning the both the match and medal portions of the Men's State Amateur in the same week.

Sunday at Park Meadows Golf Course, Sutterfield will be trying to prevent another golfer from accomplishing the same feat he did a year ago. Sutterfield will meet Brett Wayment in a 36-hole finale beginning Sunday at 8 a.m.Wayment clawed his way into the finals with two more victories Saturday including his second 20-hole match of the week. On Thursday Wayment won medalist honors by shooting a second-round 66 for a 138 total.

Sutterfield, a BYU golfer who attended Brighton High School, moved into his second consecutive finals by defeating St. George's Randy Robertson 2 up, while Wayment, an Ogden native, who plays for Utah State, had to go 20 holes to defeat Bountiful's Mark Domm.

The two finalists have a few things in in common in that they are both Utah-bred golfers, who graduated from high school in 1987, fulfilled LDS missions and just completed their junior seasons at local universities. Sutterfield will be a senior at BYU, while Wayment will either redshirt or play his final season at Utah State next fall.

Wayment showed up for his first match Saturday sporting a brand new haircut that he'd received the evening before in Ogden. He didn't get the cut to look better for the cameras, but because he was "tired of it blowing in the wind."

In the morning he didn't have as much trouble as expected, defeating Jason Thomas, who just completed his career at BYU, 5 and 3.

Against Domm, with a stiff breeze blowing everything but his hair, Wayment went up early, but fell behind with bogeys at the 7th and 9th holes. He fell two holes behind when Domm hit an approach from a fairway bunker at No. 11 within gimme range.

The turning point for Wayment came at No. 13. He rolled in an 18-foot downhill putt for par to halve the hole. "That was a big putt to save me there," he said.

Wayment won 14, but lost 15 and was still a hole down going into the par-5 17th. When Domm put a shot 20 feet from the hole in two and Wayment hit a bunker, it looked like the match was over. But Domm two-putted for birdie and Wayment got up and down for birdie, sinking a 12-foot putt.

"I still don't know how I did what I did," said Wayment. "That was a big turning point."

Again at 18 Domm had a chance to close out the match, but he missed a 4-footer for par to halve the hole. "It was a bad putt - just a push," said Domm.

So it was off to extra holes just like in Friday's second round when Wayment had gone two extra holes to defeat Brandon Bonner.

At the first hole, both Wayment and Domm missed putts from the same lines from about 10 feet, Domm going left and Wayment right.

Then at No. 2 after Domm's chip shot from just off the green slid by, Wayment coolly ran home a 12-foot birdie putt to win.

"The last few months, I've really been working on my short game," said Wayment, who proved it with his clutch putts Saturday afternoon.

"I'm happy with the way I played - I just couldn't make too many putts," said Domm.

In the morning quarterfinal, Domm had made plenty of putts in knocking off his good friend Todd Barker, after being three holes down at the turn. He won five straight holes, rolling in birdie putts from longer than 20 feet at 10, 11 and 12 and then closing out the match 3 and 2.

Sutterfield had won his morning match over Dana Nelson 4 and 3 after being tied at the turn. Meanwhile in the other quarter, Robertson had to go to the wire to defeat Layton's Ben Maddox 1 up.

Although Robertson was playing well, Sutterfield jumped to a quick 3-up advantage, spurred by a bunker shot that flew in the hole at No. 2.

"I was stunned," acknowledged Sutterfield of his hole-out. "I kind of bladed it and it would have gone in the back bunker. But then it disappeared."

The margin stayed three until the par-5 15th hole when Robertson gambled, hitting his drive onto the island and going for the green in two. Sutterfield conceded soon after hitting his third shot into the water.

At 16 Sutterfield was relieved to get down in two from 60 feet on the green to halve the hole but Robertson won 17 with a birdie after hitting his drive into a bunker.

"I started thinking about last year's semifinals when I was 4 up with six to play (and had to go to extra holes)," said Sutterfield. "I said, `Not this again.' "

But he regrouped on the 18th tee, telling himself he was still 1 up and that Robertson had to win the hole to tie the match.

After Robertson hit into a front bunker in two, Sutterfield struck a terrific shot, an 8-iron that hit near the hole and spun back 6 feet away. Robertson conceded when he missed his par attempt.

Like Domm, Robertson was disappointed in his putting. "You have to be able to make some birdie putts and put some pressure on, but I was never able to do that."

Sutterfield said last year's experience at Hidden Valley will help him Sunday. "I've had the experience of being in the final, so I'll be a little more relaxed," he said.

Wayment has already far exceeded his goal of just getting into match play. "It's kind of a grind, playing seven rounds in a row," he said. "Regardless of whether I win or lose tomorrow I've had a good tournament."

If he does win, Wayment would become the fourth golfer in modern history to win the State Am match play after being the medalist. Besides Sutterfield last year, Babe Hiskey did it in 1962 and Tom Christensen accomplished the feat in 1968.