Schow Claims Utah State Amateur Championship
SALT LAKE CITY – It was an all University of Utah affair at Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club for the Utah State Amateur Championship as Mitchell Schow topped his teammate Blake Tomlinson to win the event.
Schow closed out the championship three up with two holes to play after 34 holes.
"Today was fun," Schow said. "If I had to play and lose to anyone, I would've wanted it to be Blake. Even though I would've lost, I would've been happy for him because he's a great guy and really good player."
The two Utes battled the entire day. Tomlinson took the lead early and held that lead until the 12th hole when Schow got hot. He went on the win five holes in a row to go from one down to four up and then went up five after winning the 18th hole.
Tomlinson didn't give up and battled back. After 27 holes, he was only two holes down, but Schow's consistency proved to be too much to overcome.
He's the first current Utah golfer to win the Utah State Amateur event since 1980.
"Today was fun," Tomlinson said. "We were laughing the whole day, but when it came down to it, we were serious and it was a good competitive match. Mitch beat me today and all credit to him. He's a great guy and a great golfer."
In addition to the two Ute golfers squaring off, both of their caddies were at one point part of the program. Schow's caddy was former player Kyler Dunkle and Tomlinson's caddy was redshirt freshman Oscar Maxfield.
"It's really awesome how much respect we have for each of our teammates at Utah in general," Schow said. "We're all really close, and that showed with how much support we had out here this week. I'll have these friends the rest of my life."