Hideout staff battles rain to make tourneys happen
by Jeff Simon
Hideout Golf Club PGA Professional
When a golfer has one eye on the golf course and the other on the weather the result is usually unpredictable. That’s what happened this weekend at the annual Hideout Golf Club Amateur.
Heavy rains early in the week made the 18-hole layout virtually unplayable for two days, but the maintenance staff put in long days to make the 36-hole event happen.
Managing the golf and the elements better than the rest was Utah County’s Paul Norman who had rounds of 70 and 76 to win the overall title by three shots over Page’s Joe Ligon. He carded rounds of 71 and 78.
Both players’ second-round scores showed the difficulty of the golf course over Sunday’s final round. Norman, in fact, did not make a birdie during his final round, but steadied himself to close with 11 straight pars.
Monticello’s own Josh Keyes opened the tournament with a 1-over par 73 on Saturday to lead the second flight, then carded an 84 on Sunday to end up third.
It was indeed a tough second round for many of the golfers. Colorado’s Joe Rukavina was the second flight winner with scores of 79 and 76.
From Williams, AZ, Ron Couther was the third flight gross winner while Blanding’s Lehi Lacy was the third flight winner in the net division.
Idaho’s Marty Wilson won the fourth flight gross with rounds of 87 and 74 while Utah County’s Dan Sumsion won the fourth flight net.
On Friday, the Hideout Shootout featured 78 two-person teams playing a best-ball event. Dealing with wet conditions, the Hideout played most difficult.
In the gross division of the tournament the father-son team of Dennis Crane and Sam Crane were the champions of the second flight with a round of 3-under-par 69.
Dennis Crane himself had one of his better tournament days with a round of 3-over-par 75. He then got enough help from Sam Crane to win the division.
One shot back and finishing second was the team of Brandon Powell and James Hosman of Farmington, NM.
The best rounds of the tournament were turned in by Brad Wayment of Arizona and former Utah State University golfer Cooper Wayment at 6-under-par 66. They tied for the overall championship with Utah County’s Zac Hansen and Tyler Weight.
There were several top local finishers. In the first flight, Monticello’s Jeff Nielson and Moab’s Manual Torres tied for the top honors in the net division with Blanding’s Rob Wilcox and Kylor Perkins at 10-under par 62. Perkins made a 15-foot par putt on the final hole to put them in the first place tie.
The winners of the net division in the second flight were Dam Sumsion and Pat Bird from Hobble Creek Golf Course in Utah County. The third flight winners were Jimmie Ketchum and AP Kelly who play out of Lake Powell National Golf Course in Page, AZ.