Twelve players, led by Bryan Dalton with a 68, qualified for the State Amateur golf tournament at the Dixie qualifying event Saturday at Bloomington Country Club.
BYU freshman Billy Harvey, who hails from Las Vegas, was second in the qualifying with a 69. Others advancing include Will Huish (70), John Busby (71), Chris Stover, Ken Yogi, Bryan Scott, Larry Williams and Jose Garrido (72) and Noah Backman, Jeramy Johnson and Garrett Hannig (73).Two more qualifying events will be played this week - Monday at Mountain Dell and Tuesday at Wasatch Mountain State Park. The 100th State Am will be July 8-12 at Riverside Country Club.
CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE: The Champions Challenge, featuring some of golf's biggest names, kicks off Monday at Thanksgiving Point with the Wasatch Advisors Pro-Am at 8 a.m.
Johnny Miller, the brainchild behind the event, which pairs golfers in a two-person scramble Tuesday, announced this week that he will play with his son John Miller Jr. Other teams include Jack-Mike Nicklaus, Gary-Wayne Player, Hale-Steve Irwin, Billy-Bobby Casper, John Daly-Laura Davies, Fuzzy Zoeller-Craig Stadler and Juli Inkster-Lisolette Neumann.
All of the players will participate in Monday's pro-am, along with two celebrity captains, San Francisco quarterback Steve Young and musician Kenny G. Several of the players will have competed in the U.S. Open in San Francisco and will make it over in time thanks to a special jet arranged by Miller.
The Tuesday event, which begins at 8 a.m., is worth $125,000 to the winning team.
The public is welcome to both days of play and can purchase a transferable pass for $25.