CONNOR HOWE AND SPENCER DUNAWAY WIN INAUGURAL THANKSGIVING POINT GOLF CLUB AMATEUR
Posted on June 4, 2020
Lehi, Utah (June 4, 2020) – Connor Howe of Ogden, Utah and Spencer Dunaway of Mililani, Hawaii both won the inaugural Thanksgiving Point Golf Club Amateur tournament played this past weekend, May 30 and 31, at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club in Lehi, approximately 25 miles south of Salt Lake City. Howe, a soon-to-be junior at Georgia Tech University, and Dunaway a recent graduate of BYU, carded rounds of 70-71 and 71-70 respectively to end up in a first place tie.
Connor Howe tees off during the Thanksgiving Golf Club Amateur. Photo Credit: Fairways Media/Jesse Dodson
153 amateur golfers competed in the inaugural event on the par 72, 7,714-yard Thanksgiving Point course. With Howe and Dunaway taking home first place honors in the Gross Division, Thanksgiving Point Golf Club associate Caden Dunn took advantage of home course knowledge to capture the Net Division. Simon Kwon, grandson of PGA TOUR legend and Thanksgiving Point Golf Club’s golf course architect Johnny Miller, finished in third place in the Gross Division.
Spencer Dunaway tees off at the Thanksgiving Golf Club Amateur. Photo Credit: Fairways Media/Jesse Dodson
“I have been playing solid golf over the last couple months,” said Dunaway, who will be returning to BYU for a fifth year after having his eligibility extended due to COVID-19. “I played steady, smart golf all tournament long. I didn’t make a lot of putts, but I stayed patient and knew they would fall eventually. Connor is a great player and we had a good time out there competing. Thank you to all involved for a great event.”
2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion Preston Summerhays also competed in the Thanksgiving Point Golf Club Amateur. Summerhays, 18 and the two-time winner of the Utah Men’s State Amateur, entered the second and final round of the tournament in the lead, before shooting a 5-over 77 and finishing in 9th place. Summerhays lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he will be a high school senior, but spends his summers in Utah. As a result of winning the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, Summerhays will be playing in the 2020 U.S. Open this fall.
“The field was impressive as the best of the best amateur golfers in Utah and beyond took on Thanksgiving Point,” said Thanksgiving Point General Manager Lindsay Maurer. “Everyone commented that the course set up was challenging and ‘had some teeth.’ All of the participants earned their scores out there. Congrats again to Connor, Spencer, Caden and all of the participants. ”
About Thanksgiving Point Golf Club Named one of the “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in Utah” by Golfweek Magazine, Thanksgiving Point Golf Club opened for play in 1997. The 7,714-yard course was designed by Johnny Miller and is recognized as one of the longest courses in the state. Thanksgiving Point has hosted numerous high-profile golf events, including the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship; The Champions Challenge, which featured the likes of Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, Laura Davies, Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player and more; and the Utah State Amateur Championship.
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