It was a real blow to the Utah Section PGA when Jeff Beaudry announced last month that he was leaving his post as executive director after 11 years.
Beaudry was easy to work with, popular with the local professionals and did a masterful job of running the Utah Section. That's why he was snagged by the PGA of America to oversee several sections in the western United States.The local section conducted a nationwide search over the past few weeks and has found a replacement.
Mark Lynch, who has served in the Pacific Northwest PGA Section for the past six years, will replace Beaudry. He starts June 15th.
Lynch is originally from New Jersey and has worked there as a golf professional and in golf administration in California as well as the Northwest.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the board of directors, member and apprentices of the Utah Section PGA," said Lynch. "I am excited about the opportunities for growth in the Utah Section."
FOUR FOR SKINS: The annual Skins Game featuring PGA Tour pros Mike Reid, Dan Forsman, Jay Don Blake and Keith Clearwater will be Monday at East Bay Golf Course. The foursomes will stage a clinic at 8:30 a.m., with teeoff set for 9:40 a.m. - and no football players in the way this time.
Each of the four pros has a highlight to brag about already this year, three of them this month.
Reid's highlight of the year came back in February when he shot 19-under par for four rounds to finish fourth at the Hawaiian Open.
Forsman led the Houston Open in early May after three rounds before ending up in sixth place with a nice paycheck. Blake battled Tiger Woods hole for hole at the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta the Sunday before last and lost by just one. He still picked up $194,000, his largest check ever.
Clearwater, who doesn't play the PGA Tour regularly, sank a long putt on the first playoff hole to earn a spot in the U.S. Open sectional qualifying next month. If he survives that, he'll play in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Fran-cis-co June 18-21. That would be a huge highlight for Clearwater, who ranks 213th on the PGA money list with $6,308.
ALL STATERS: Thirty-seven golfers will be honored at the seventh annual All- State banquet tonight at the Marriott University Park Hotel.
The 5A golfers being honored include Brighton's Dave Brown, West Jordan's Greg Buckway and Jake Turley, Mountain View's Eean Crawford, Cottonwood's Scott Driggs, Skyline's Carl Jensen, Skyline's Luke Morgan, Alta's Laura Richards, Copper Hills' Preston Tanner and Northridge's Chet Thomas and Andrew Zimmerman.
In 4A, the all-staters are Bountiful's Garrett Clegg and Tyson Taft, Spanish Fork's Clay Bingham, Judge Memorial's Pete Stone and Justin James, Lone Peak's Taylor Jerman and Adam Thurman and High-land's Jake Sowby.
The 3A all-staters include Tooele's Brock Griffith and Nick Jones, Pine View's Gaydon Leavitt and Jed Milne, Snow Canyon's Jake Ellison, Park City's Chris Morgan, Dixie's Jared Plewe, Bear River's Ryan Pugsley and Wasatch's Carr-ie Summerhays.
In 1A/2A, the honorees are Waterford's Nate Bullen, Nick Micek and Shawn Micek, Grand's Andrew Adkison, Juab's Wade Cowan, North Summit's Derek Fox, Beaver's Reggie Gillins, Kanab's Charles Hammon and Rowland Hall's Tommy Sharp.
STRAY SHOTS: The Utah Golf Association is accepting entries for the 100th Utah State Amateur. Entry forms are available at all golf courses or by calling the UGA at 299-8421. Deadline is May 29.. . . Heber's Bruce Summerhays ranks 26th on the latest Senior Tour money list after missing a great chance to earn a lot of bucks last week when he found water trouble on the last two holes and fell from second to sixth place.. . . Jerry Brewster has moved from Park Meadows to become the first head pro at the new South Mountain Golf Course in Draper, which opens early next month.. . . The new nine at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course, which has formed an 18-hole course with the old Mountain nine, is open for play.. . . The longtime Wasatch Mountain Open, scheduled for this week, has been canceled.