No matter who survived the sudden-death playoff for the Rose Park Open title, it was going to be a new experience for the winner.
Mark Owen and Brett Glaser both shot 67s Saturday at the Rose Park Golf Course to beat all their better-known fellow professionals who win every week on the local golf circuit. Neither Owen nor Glaser had ever won a professional tournament.On the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, just before the sun disappeared in the West, Owen captured the title and the $1,200 first prize by three-putting the par-5 hole.
Three putting? That's right, Owen won with a dreaded three-putt. After sending his 50-foot eagle putt eight feet past the hole, Owen tapped in for par. Then Glaser, who had just missed a 25-foot birdie putt, couldn't sink his 3-footer coming back.
"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Owen, a native of Sandy who has been an assistant at Mountain View for six years. "I was so nervous, I couldn't even lag the first putt down there. But it all worked out in the end. It was unfortunate for Brett, but fortunate for me."
Glaser, a former University of Utah golfer who is a teaching pro at Mulligans South, had hit a poor drive on the second playoff hole and didn't get on the green until his third shot. When Owen putted so far past the hole, he figured a two-putt would keep him alive. But he hit his first putt too firm and his comeback putt never had a chance, fall-ing below the hole.
"I had trouble with those short right-to-left putts all day," he said.
Both players had finished strong as Owen birdied the final two holes for his 67, while Glaser eagled No. 10 with a 75-footer and birdied 14, 16 and 18.
Actually, another golfer, 24-year-old amateur Dustin Volk, also shot a 67, but he was long gone following his morning round and was actually playing in another tournament at Davis Park in the afternoon.
Four pros shot 68s - Dave DeSantis, Brandon Hatfield, Chris Jones and Tim Parson, while Kent Easton, Steve Schneiter, Brandon Hargett and Glen Spencer all shot 69s.