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Utah Golf Adds Two To 2021-22 Squad

Nov 10, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah men's golf head coach Garrett Clegg announced the addition of Joseph Lloyd and Zack Neff to the Utes 2021-22 squad on National Signing Day today, giving Utah depth to an already strong roster.

"This is a smaller class for us and we are thrilled with the level of players we are bringing into our golf program," Clegg said. "We expect them to be ready to step up and improve our team the moment they arrive on campus."

Between state championships, all-state selections and multiple amateur highlights, Neff and Lloyd will bring experience to next year's squad. Lloyd comes to the Utes after a standout career at Pinnacle High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. while Neff, who played golf at Olympus HS, is continuing his career with the Utes after returning from his church mission.

Quick Hits on Utah's Signees

Joseph Lloyd :: Pinnacle HS :: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Three-time Pinnacle Player of the Year, also earning freshman of the year … four-time first-team all-district and all-region … set the school record for the lowest nine-hole score (30) … as an amateur, won the 2020 Arizona State Junior Championship and was a medalist at the 2020 Arizona AM … won three tournaments in the summer of 2020 … quarterfinalist for the 2019 Arizona AM … 2018 Junior Golf Association of Arizona Player of the Year after claiming 13 top-25 finishes in tournaments that year … son of Joe and Kelli … father played golf at Scottsdale Community College before getting on the pro circuit.

Fun Fact About Lloyd: Chose golf over baseball in the sixth grade after he got to watch his father, Joe, play in a PGA Tour event in California, finding his passion in the sport that year and dedicating himself to it.

Coach Clegg's Thoughts on Lloyd: "Joseph comes to us from Scottsdale and is known for his ball striking. He is a golf junkie that eats, sleeps, and breaths golf.  I first met Joseph at a prospect camp two years ago. I know his instructor Rob Rashell from college and he tipped me off about Joseph's special skill sets. We have followed his progress through junior golf in Arizona and he has made impressive strides each year. He is currently ranked 45th in the 2021 class by National Junior Golf Scoreboard. We are thrilled to have Joseph joining our golf program this fall."

Zack Neff :: Olympus HS :: Salt Lake City, Utah
Returned missionary won back-to-back Utah 5A individual state championships for Olympus HS in 2017 and 2018 with Olympus's 2017 team championship being the first in program history … four-time first-team all-state selection … top-five finish at the Salt Lake City AM … won the 2018 FCG Johnny Miller Utah Championship with a final round of 64 … finished ninth in stroke play at the 2018 Utah State AM … 2016 Utah Junior Golf Association Player of the Year after earning 11 top-25 finishes … son of Emily and Brent … has seven siblings.

Fun Fact About Neff: Took college Spanish classes in high school and is now fluent.

Coach Clegg's Thoughts On Neff: "Zack signed for us back in 2019 and then left on an LDS mission to Tucson, Ariz. Zack was one of the best putters we have seen in recruiting. He is a local talent from Olympus High and was one of the top junior golfers in 2019. It will be great to get him on campus working with the team."