It's been almost five years since Springville's Jason Hargett borrowed some golf clubs from his brother Brandon and ended up changing his life forever.

In September of 2009, Jason's brilliant nine-iron shot dropped into the cup from 150 yards out for a hole-in-one during a benefit event hosted by former Utah Jazz star Mark Eaton at Red Ledges golf course, netting him the $1 million prize.

Monday's opening round at the 2014 Utah State Amateur at Valley View golf course might not have been as memorable as that incredible day but Jason -- and Brandon -- had to be pleased with how it turned out.

Jason carded a 4-under-par 68, placing him in a tie for third behind the Day 1 leader, Southern Utah's Jacob Holt (8-under), and Weber State's Devon Purser (5-under).

Brandon sits three strokes behind his brother, in a solid position after finishing 1-under and in a tie for 17th.

Valley View proved to be the course with the lowest scores on the first day as 22 of the 23 golfers who came in under par had their first round ther,e as opposed to the Ogden Golf and Country Club, the main host for the event.

Other top local finishers included BYU golfer Tommy Higham, who is tied with Jason Hargett at 4-under, and Spanish Fork senior Benson Rhees, who is tied for eighth at 2-under.

Defending champ Cole Ogden -- another Cougar representative -- sits at 1-over-par after playing at the Ogden Golf and Country Club. While medalist honors seem unlikely at this point, he could still be in the mix even though his spot as the No. 1 seed in the final 64 is already assured.

Two other former champions with Utah Valley ties -- Nick Nelson and Darrin Overson -- ended up at 3-over-par after their opening rounds at the country club.

As the golfers now switch courses, everyone has to bear down and play their best in today's second round. When the dust settles, only 64 golfers will remain for the match-play portion of the State Amateur.

It won't be easy to be in that mix, even with a solid opening day, because the competition will be fierce.

The final round of stroke play will begin at 8:15 a.m. today at Valley View and the Ogden Golf and Country Club. If there are ties for the final spots, playoffs will also be held at the country club following the scheduled round.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

Jared is the Sports Editor and BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.