CEDAR CITY, Utah, July 2 – A handful of current and former Southern Utah golfers, as well as the current coach, have qualified for the Utah State Amateur Golf Tournament.

Current Thunderbirds Jake Holt, Sammy Cole and Nic Booth, as well as Coach Richard Church, punched their tickets to the tournament during qualifying tournaments in recent weeks. They will be joined in the event – the oldest continually played golf tournament in the United States – by former Thunderbirds Jeff Evans, Matt McArthur, Denny Job, John Lindsay and Justin Bateman, while Ryan Brimley, a former basketball letter-winner at SUU, has also qualified.

Brimley won the qualifier at Rose Park, where Holt also qualified, while Cole was the medalist at Entrada, where McArthur, Bateman, Lindsay and Church also qualified. Booth qualified at The Ranches while Job earned a spot at Glen Eagle. Evans has a lifetime exemption after winning the tournament in 2011.

The tournament begins Monday at Soldier Hollow, the same course where Evans claimed his Utah Am championship.

“It’s nice to have such a good representation of our program in the Utah Am,” Church said. “We should be quite competitive. Jeff has obviously had some success at Soldier Hollow and the course lays out well for many of our players who are in the field.”

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