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Black Diamond brings new course records

Hitting into the trap is one thing but having a shot like Jake Peterson did out of the sand on number six to save par is priceless.

By KRIS KOHLER
Sun Advocate reporter

The 2008 Tony Basso, General Motors Black Diamond Open conducted last weekend was a record setting success.

The three-day event, slated every July, began on Friday with two shotgun blasts and ended with a new course record, a hole in one and a come from behind victory.

The Black Diamond Open is Carbon Golf Courses biggest tournament of the year and if you ask the players, it is one of the best in the state. Professionals and amateurs alike want to play in this tournament.

"The waiting list was five to 10 deep in every flight" stated Tom King Jr., head golf professional at Carbon Country Club. "This year's tournament was exceptional with all of the excitement."

Each year, the Black Diamond hosts a pro am on the Friday before the actual tournament which turned out this year to be a record setting event.

According to King, Troy Watkins, the assistant pro for Mick Riley Golf Course in Salt Lake City almost shot a magical 59, but when his birdie putt on his last hole lipped out, he settled for a 60 and a new course record.

According to King, on the morning of July 12, about 220 men waited for their tee times which started at 6 a.m.

Nevin Jensen, an amateur from Emery County, was one of the first out and he made sure no one hit it closer on number six, a 150 yard par three, making his first hole in one.

But at the end of the day, it was Zach Johnson, a pro from Salt Lake City who led the field scoring a 66, four under par.

Sundays final round, again began at 6 a.m., but by 7 p.m. Shawn Andreason, a pro from Park City had posted a six under par 64 for a two day total of seven under 133. He was the leader in the club house.

About 45 minutes later, Zach Johnson had the opportunity to tie Andreason with an eight foot birdie put on the last hole, but missed and finished with a 68 to lose by one.

According to King, Shawn accepted the championship trophy and winners check of $2118.00 with a big smile.




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