When the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly known as the Web.com Tour) rolls into town for the annual Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, the organizers always appreciate the golf fans who come out to support the competitors.
They never know, however, if there will be any local players who will play well enough to make the more casual fan interested in the results.
That’s why the tournament has to be pleased that a pair of local players who also starred at BYU — Daniel Summerhays and Zac Blair — are in contention after the first two rounds concluded on Friday.
Summerhays (a graduate of nearby Davis High School) is leading the charge, sitting tied for second at 8-under-par and just one stroke behind clubhouse leader Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa.
After shooting a 5-under-par 66 in the first round on Thursday, Summerhays came out strong once again on Friday as he started on Hole No. 10 and then got birdies on No. 12 and No. 13.
No. 14, however, turned out to be his only bogey of the round and it wasn’t until he got birdies on No. 3 and No. 7 that he was able to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Van Aswegen started later in the day and put together one of the best scores of the day, going 6-under-par to move in front.
Lurking just three strokes back is Blair, who also had a later tee time on the second day of the tournament.
The former Fremont High star started a few strokes off the pace as he only shot 2-under-par in the first round.
His first six holes on Friday were again solid but unspectacular (one birdie, one bogey) but then he got things going.
Blair birdied three straight holes (Nos. 7, 8 and 9) before a bogey on No. 10 pushed him back a step. He then rallied for three more birdies (and another bogey) on the back nine to move to 6-under-par for the tournament.
He is currently tied with four other players as 26 players are within five strokes of the leader, meaning victory is still very much up for grabs.
One of the big factors for all of the golfers was the warm south winds, which kept the scores higher than in other years. While the winds are supposed to die down a little for Saturday, expect them to still impact how things go.
The third round of the tournament is scheduled to start at 9:10 a.m. on Friday at Oakridge Country Club. The event will air on the Golf Channel.
Blair is slated to tee off at 2:30 p.m., while Summerhays will get started in the final group at 3:10 p.m.