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Amateurs doing well again at Salt Lake City Open golf tournament, led by Stanger’s 67

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File: Joe Summerhays tees off on the third day of the 78th Provo Open at East Bay Golf Course in Provo Saturday, June 10, 2017. Summerhays, Tommy Sharp and Brady Stanger are tied for the lead at the Salt Lake City Open after Saturday’s first round.

Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Amateurs have done very well at the Salt Lake City Open in recent years, winning four of the last five titles against the top professionals in the state.

Once again, the amateurs are doing well as 11 of the 16 golfers who broke par in Saturday’s first round are from the amateur ranks. 

Brady Stanger fired a 4-under-par 67 on Mountain Dell’s Lake Course to tie professionals Tommy Sharp and Joe Summerhays. A stroke back at 68 is Skyline High golfer Simon Kwon, while three amateurs, Mitchell Schow, Devin Tovey and Ty Anderson all came in at 69.

Nine golfers shot 70, including former State Amateur champions Dan Horner and Kelton Hirsch and Blake Tomlinson, who won the SLC Open in 2016 and won the Salt Lake City Amateur in June.

Ryan Rhees is the low senior professional, while Skyler Doran leads the amateur A Flight and Robert Johnson leads the B Flight.

Salt Lake City Open

(a- denotes amateur)

Mountain Dell Lake Course 

67 — Tommy Sharp, Joe Summerhays, a-Brady Stanger

68 — a-Simon Kwon

69 — a-Mitchell Schow, a-Devin Tovey, a-Ty Anderson

70 — Matt Baird, Ryan Kartchner, Steele DeWald, a-Dan Horner, a-Jack Sargent, a-Kelton Hirsch, a-Blake Tomlinson, a-Elijah Turner, a-David Timmons

71 — Justin Keiley, a-Cooper Jones, a-Kurt Owen, a-Denny Job, a-Brock Stanger, a-Steven Croft

Senior professionals

66 — Ryan Rhees

70 — Henry White

73 — Chip Garriss, Rich Friend, Steve Schneiter

A Flight

67 — Skyler Doran

69 — Brett Hess

74 — Matthew Dean

B Flight 

75 — Robert Johnson

76 — Calvin Merrell

77 — Joshua Johnson, David Mayes