State Am tourney begins Wednesday at Hobble Creek

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Utah State Amateur Golf Tournament, which begins Wednesday and concludes Sunday, is being played on a bonafide public golf course - the Hobble Creek course near Springville.

You have to go back to 1973 when the championship was contested at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course to find a State Am that wasn't played at Country Club or semi-private course such Jeremy Ranch, Park Meadows or Wolf Creek.

Utah State, which has produced the past three State Am champs (Wight, Jerimie Montgomery and Brett Wayment) has seven golfers entered this year and will be trying to make it four in a row.

While no one over the age of 30 has won since Arlen Peacock in 1977, several over-30 golfers may have a chance on the shorter, thinking-man's Hobble Creek course.

Because the course is short some entrants are grumbling though. Story is on page D2.

Registration continues for DesNews race

Registration is being accepted for the 27th annual Deseret News/Granite Furniture Marathon and 13th annual 10K road race at all four Granite Furniture locations, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and the Deseret News. Race day is Wednesday, July 24.

Race organizers are planning for 1,000 marathon participants and 3,000 10K runners according to race director Scott Kerr of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation.

Nearly 8,000 race applications have been mailed and runners should bring those forms to one of the registration points where they will receive their race packet and T-shirt.

Most questions about the race including aid stations, starting times, shuttle buses, weather and out-of-town accommodations are answered in the race packets.

Total prize money offered for both races is nearly $15,000 and the race application includes a complete breakdown.

The entry form can be printed and then mailed to the address shown.

Over 300 volunteers are needed to help with aid stations, the finish line and refreshment area. For information about the race and to volunteer call 468- 2560.

Presenting sponsors include HealthRider, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and KSL 1160. The cost for the 10K is $16 and $20 for the marathon. Final registration is $25 for each race on July 22 and 23. There is no race day registration.