Utah tops Arizona in 25th annual Shootout
Six-time defending champion Utah (UGA photo)
PARK CITY, Utah — Utah won the 25th Annual Utah Arizona-Shootout Tuesday at Jeremy Ranch by a 40-32 margin.
Utah has now gone six straight years without losing and has increased its series lead to four years, the widest gap between the two teams during its 25-year history. Utah now has a 14-10-1 lead in the series.
It was a see-saw battle with neither team able to gain a big advantage until Utah took command by winning the final five individual matches. Cameron Crawford, Ryan Brimley, and Darrin Overson won their matches to overtake Arizona’s slim lead. Utah’s Kelsey Chugg swept all her points in the first match of the day. No Arizona player managed to sweep any of their Utah opponents.
"When we scheduled this event at Jeremy Ranch we were a bit worried about the possibility of bad weather this late in the year, but we had three Bluebird days," said Jacob Miller, Utah's Director of Rules and Competitions, and it was a great competition. A majority of Arizona's team were seniors and our younger guys had big distance advantages off the tees and that was pretty difficult for Arizona to overcome," he said.
Bill Walker, UGA Executive Director, said, "It was a great competition and is always the highlight of the season, regardless of the outcome. It gives both states a chance to recognize their top players and to intermingle with one another."
On Monday Utah won the Foursomes segment, but Arizona won the Four Ball segment and held a one point lead going into the Singles matches on Tuesday. Utah won the Singles matches 22 ½ to 13 ½.