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A STAR IS BORN: WAYMENT CAPTURES STATE AM TITLE

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All week long at the Men's State Amateur golf tournament, Brett Wayment was doing things he wasn't supposed to be doing.

Like coming from four shots back to easily win medalist honors with a 66 on Thursday. Or coming from behind in his second match on Friday to beat Brandon Bonner on the 20th hole. Or doing the same thing the next day, making two clutch putts to stay alive and then defeating Mark Domm in 20 holes.In Sunday's scheduled 36-hole final at Park Meadows, Wayment wasn't supposed to keep up with defending champion Brad Sutterfield, his more experienced and accomplished opponent, let alone beat him.

So what did Wayment do? After losing a lead he'd held since the first hole and seeing his opponent seemingly grab the momentum, Wayment won four consecutive holes to capture an unlikely 4 and 2 victory.

"Today has been incredible," said Wayment, a 23-year-old from Ogden who plays for Utah State. "It's exciting. I really don't have words for it. It's hard to believe."

A lot of folks will second the "hard to believe" part.

Until last week, Wayment was just another good golfer, of which there were many in the 180-man State Am starting field. Wayment had won an amateur in Ogden two years earlier and had finished high in some college tournaments for the Aggies, but had little else to show on his golf resume.

After opening with a respectable 72 on Wednesday, he played the best round of his life with a 66 Thursday morning in winning medalist honors. Then there were those two come-from-behind 20-hole victories, which vaulted him into Sunday's final.

After 30 holes Sunday, the match was back to where it started at even. That's when Wayment made two brilliant iron shots and Sutterfield suffered two crucial mistakes. The match suddenly ended when Sutterfield missed a short putt at No. 16.

"I was happy with the way I played, until the last few holes," said Sutterfield, a 24-year-old senior-to-be at BYU. "He had a better day and didn't make as many mistakes."

Sutterfield was in trouble right from the start of the day when he inadvertently locked his keys in the trunk of his car along with his golf bag. A local locksmith was roused out of bed to come and rescue Sutterfield and the start of the final was delayed slightly.

"I was kind of hoping he'd never get his clubs out," joked Wayment afterwards.

Although Wayment won the first three holes with a par and two birdies, Sutterfield said the locked keys incident made no difference in his falling behind. "I was more relaxed than in my other matches," he said.

Wayment stayed ahead all morning, but a birdie by Sutterfield at No. 18, where he hit an 8-iron within 3 feet, gave him some momentum going into the lunch break.

In the afternoon, Sutterfield sandwiched birdies at No. 2 from 20 feet and No. 4 from 3 feet around a 35-foot birdie putt by Wayment at No. 3.

Wayment stayed 1 up through the rest of the nine, getting up and down for pars at 6 from a sand trap and 7 from a grass bunker.

At No. 10 Sutterfield rolled in a 40-foot uphill putt for birdie and raised his fist in triumph. The match seemed to be swinging in his favor and looked even more so at the next hole when Wayment hit 20 yards short of the green from a fairway bunker.

Remembering that point of the match, Sutterfield said, "I especially liked my chances."

However, Wayment got up and down again, sinking a 5-foot putt. "I was fortunate there. That was a big putt for me to save par."

Just when the match seemed certain of going to the wire, it turned at No. 13.

Wayment stuck a 9-iron from 150 yards within 3 feet and sank the putt to go back on top. He hit another great shot at the par-3 14th, but left his 6-foot barely short. However, he still won the hole when Sutterfield surprisingly missed a 3-footer for par.

Sutterfield showed some rare emotion by knocking his ball into the lake in disgust and slamming his driver on the ground on the way to the 15th tee.

Still upset on the tee, Sutterfield pushed his drive right - right out of bounds onto the back lawn of a condominium. "I rushed it a little bit," said Sutterfield.

Wayment felt that was the key hole in the match, because he had struggled at the par-5 all week. With Sutterfield in trouble, he was able to play conservatively and win the hole with a par.

Three up with three to play, the match wasn't quite over. Sutterfield had a 20-footer for birdie to win the hole, but even before he attempted the putt, the Utah Golf Association officials already had donned their blue blazers anticipating the final awards ceremony. When Sutterfield missed his comeback from 3 feet, the match was over.

By winning both the match and medal play, Wayment followed in Sutterfield's footsteps, becoming just the fourth golfer in modern history to accomplish the feat.

Before the tournament, Sutterfield had said if he won, he would come back to try for three in a row before turning professional next summer. But after losing, he said, "I'd bet I won't be back."

Then with a smile, he said, "I always like to play in the State Am and if I turn pro I'd still like to come back and play."

As for the new champion, he'll continue working as a starter at the Logan Country Club and play in some of the local amateur events. He still doesn't sound too convinced about his new stardom.

Wayment said he'll "practice more" and added, "I still have a long ways to go."