FARMINGTON — Blake Tomlinson is just 19 years old, but most golfers of his caliber would have played in a few Men’s State Amateurs by now. However, Tomlinson, because of conflicts with Junior World and other events, is playing in his first-ever State Am this year, and after two days is off to a terrific start.
All the University of Utah sophomore-to-be has done so far is shoot the lowest two-day medal score in the long history of the State Amateur with a pair of 64s for a two-day total of 128, breaking the previous record of 130.
Tomlinson added an 8-under-par 64 at Oakridge Country Club Tuesday to his 7-under-par 64 the day before at Davis Park Golf Course to easily win medalist honors at the 120th State Amateur, the longest continuing golf tournament in the world.
Tomlinson beat out two other teenagers for medalist honors as 18-year-old Cole Ponich, an Oakridge regular, who played for Davis High and will be playing for BYU next fall, and Jayce Frampton, a 19-year-old from Centerville, who plays for Dixie State College, both came in at 132.
“I’m ready for a long week,” said Tomlinson, whose work is just beginning, as he faces the possibility of six rounds of match play totaling approximately 126 holes over the next four days as long as he keeps winning.
Tomlinson is from Salt Lake, but he used to play as a youngster at Oakridge, where his grandparents were members. So he feels comfortable with the course, where he didn’t make a single bogey on Tuesday.
Starting on hole No. 10, he made five birdies on the back nine at 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17. Then he eagled No. 1 and made a birdie at No. 4.
“I’ve been working on my wedges a lot,” he said of his ability to get …read more
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