In the past decade, Utah County golfers have played well at the Utah State Amateur tournament.
The past three champions have come from Utah County, and six in the past 10 years. Here is a look at how each of them won their championship.
2009 - Zac Blair, BYU
Zac Blair won the Utah State Amateur in 2009, skillfully completing the same shots as the other four days of the week and ousting fellow 18-year-old Alex Sutton, 5 and 3, in what turned out to be a 33-hole final.
Blair played for BYU from 2009-13, and is now on the PGA Tour.
2010 - Joe Parkinson, Alpine
One of the most remarkable all-time stories in the 112 years of the Utah State Amateur Championship culminated with a championship for 18-year-old Joe Parkinson, who wasn't even in the field of about 150 players until a late no-show allowed him a chance to play at Alpine Country Club in 2010.
2013 - Cole Ogden, BYU
Cole Ogden defeated defending champion Jeff Evans, 6 and 4 in 2013 to win the Utah State Am.
After the first five holes however, Ogden was down by three.
"I knew there was plenty of time left," Ogden said. "I just had to keep fighting."
He was back to all-square — erasing that 3-hole deficit — by No. 10 and briefly took the lead before the pair ended even after the first 18 holes.
In the afternoon, Ogden won 8-of-14 holes that the pair played to capture the victory.
2015 - Jordan Rodgers, BYU
Jordan Rodgers hit what he called his "shot of the week" on his way to winning holes No. 16 and No. 17 to secure the 3-and-1 victory and the title of 2015 Utah State Amateur champion.
"This feels great, obviously," Rodgers said. "It's been a long week. It was a relief to know that I can hit clutch shots under pressure. Yesterday I felt like I didn't play well down the stretch but today my shots on No. 16 and No. 17 were as good as I could've done. To do it under pressure with the wind is awesome."
2016 - Patrick Fishburn, BYU
For the second straight year, a golfer from BYU emerged as the champion of the Utah State Amateur golf tournament.
Like Cougar grad Jordan Rodgers at Soldier Hollow golf course in 2015, the 2016 winner -- BYU junior Patrick Fishburn -- faced a tough test from an experienced golfer. Rodgers ended up edging Provo's Darrin Overson and Fishburn did the same against former UVU golfer Aaron Smith.
"It feels awesome," Fishburn said after he had secured the 4-and-2 win in Saturday's 36-hole championship match. "It's something I've thought about for a long, long time, ever since I was a kid. It was something that was a little out of reach because of all the good players, but to actually have it happen feels amazing. It's pretty good company to be on the trophy with all the guys who have won before me."
2017 - Kelton Hirsch, BYU
BYU freshman golfer Kelton Hirsch didn’t say he played perfect golf during Saturday’s 36-hole match-play Utah State Amateur championship at the Ogden Golf & Country Club.
But he was pretty close.
“I think I made maybe two mistakes out there,” Hirsch said. “I played a pretty flawless first round. I think I was bogey-free and shot maybe a 65. In the second round I had a couple of mistakes.
“I played 30 holes and I think I hit maybe 26 or 27 greens. That’s not a lot of mistakes on a lot of holes.”
The Cougar built an early lead on Utah State’s Braydon Swapp, then held off every challenge by playing consistent golf — hitting fairways, greens and then putting well — to earn the 2017 title with the 7-and-5 victory.