By Bryan Hinton
Deseret Morning News
KAYSVILLE, UTAH (August 13, 2005) -- Scott Clark won the UGA Mid-Am Tournament for the second year in a row, beating Marty Jacks by one stroke Friday at the Davis Park Golf Course.
Clark's birdie on the 18th hole broke a tie with Jacks to give him the victory.
"This was an important win for me," Clark said. "It means even more than the State-Am. I thrive in stroke play as opposed to match play."
Despite leading by three strokes going into Friday's final round, Clark trailed Jacks and Carl Jensen by a stroke on the 15th hole — until he hit a 30-foot putt for birdie. On the same hole, Jacks posted a par while Jensen missed a 4-footer for birdie.
"(The 15th hole) was the difference," Clark said. "I hadn't made one putt past 4 feet the whole day until that. The chances were that (Jensen) makes his putt, and I miss mine, and I'm down two strokes. I just made one putt at the right time."
Jacks said his drive off the tee on the 18th, which landed in a small grove of trees about 50 yards short of the hole, is what cost him the title.
"I didn't hit it very good off the tee all day," he said. "It caught up to me on the last one. But Scott played well. He deserved to win."
Clark said he was worried going into the final hole because he overshot the green the last time he played it.
"The last time I hit it, it almost landed out- of-bounds," he said. "But this time I hit it just short of the green, had a good chip shot and tapped in for birdie."
Jensen said he felt he still had an opportunity to at least force a playoff going into No. 18.
"I figured I had to get an eagle or a birdie to get (to) a playoff," he said. "But I had the jitters. I just couldn't get the ball in the hole."
Jensen said he is confident he will be able to come out on top in similar situations in the future.
"I'm starting to get there more often," he said. "It was real fun. Clark just weathered to storm and beat us at the end."
Clark said he is not sure if he will be able to three-peat next year because he might try to go pro.
"I've been thinking about it," he said. "This is something to build on. I would liked to have beaten the field by three or four shots, but this is my fourth win of the year out of six tournaments."