SALT LAKE CITY — The way he was talking after winning the Richard C. Kramer Salt Lake City Amateur Sunday afternoon, you'd have thought Scott Clark had finished back in the middle of the pack.

"I was hitting some bad shots . . . I wasn't hitting it solid . . . I caught it thin two or three times . . . just one of those days, trying to grind it out."

Clark shot a decent 74 Sunday, but he really won the tournament a day earlier when he fired a sparkling 8-under-par 64 at Bonneville Golf Course. That gave himself enough of a cushion that he was able to take the trophy when his main contenders didn't play well either as he took a one-shot victory over former champion Tommy Sharp.

Despite not playing his best on Sunday, the 38-year-old Clark wasn't complaining. He was thrilled to win the City Am, considered the second biggest amateur golf prize in Utah behind the State Am.

"This is one I've always wanted to win," Clark said. "This is a big one. This is awesome."

For Clark, a semi-retired father of four, who lives in South Jordan, it was just nice to get to play in the tournament after not playing in it since 2005 when he tied for second.

Clark turned pro for a couple of years after finishing second at the 2007 State Am. The other years he said he wasn't able to get in the popular tournament because he couldn't get through on the telephone lines the day the entries opened.

This year he got in and promptly took charge with a near-perfect round Saturday when he made seven birdies and an eagle.

"Yesterday was totally different, the complete opposite of today," he said. "I hit every green and everything was perfect distance. I had six two-footers for birdie."

On Sunday he started off with a three-putt for par on the first hole and played the front nine in 1-over par. However, the three others in his group also struggled.

"We didn't play great golf out there," Clark said. "It was B-Flight golf."

University of Utah golfer Mike Branca, who tied for fourth, eagled the first hole to jump into contention, but double-bogeyed 4 and 7 to fall back and eventually finished with a 73.

Sharp, who won the 2008 City Am, was playing catch-up all day after 3-putting the easy first hole for a par and making bogeys at 3 and 4.

He was still down by only one going into the par-5 16th hole and hit the green in two, while Clark hit his approach shot over the green.

However, Clark chipped up within two feet and made birdie, while Sharp three-putted from 40 feet for par, giving Clark a two-shot advantage when it looked like it might be tied.

"That was definitely the turning point," said Sharp. "I just couldn't get good pace on the greens. I thought both putts were good, but just didn't go in."

Sharp still had chances on the final two holes, missing an 8-foot birdie putt on 17 and a 25-footer that just missed from off the green on the 18th hole, which would have force a playoff, since Clark bogeyed.

Two-time winner Kirk Siddens came up two shots short at 140, while another former winner Steve Poulson tied with Branca for fourth place at 141. Casey Halliday, who started the day in third place at 67, tied for fifth with Dan Horner and Cameron Young at 142.

Clark, who got his amateur status back in March of last year, said he plans to play in a lot of local tournaments this summer, including the State Am next month.

Richard C. Kramer Salt Lake City Amateur

Bonneville Golf Course



Championship Flight

138 -- Scott Clark (64-74)

139 -- Tommy Sharp (65-74)

140 -- Kirk Siddens (69-71)

141 -- Mike Branca (68-73), Steve Poulson (70-71)

142 -- Casey Halliday (67-75), Dan Horner (71-71), Cameron Young (70-72)

143 -- Cole Ogden (70-73)

144 -- Patrick Fishburn (72-72), Jeff Kitches (72-72)

145 -- Kirk Chappell (71-74)

A Flight

144 -- Mark Madsen

150 -- Devin Tovey

152 -- David Keddington

154 -- Chris Hansen, Mike Mulvaney, Creed Stobbe

B Flight

158 -- Dalton Driggers

159 -- Karl Bankowski

162 -- Fred Kroll, Richard Love, Nate Wathen

164 -- Dave Shoepp