According to Utah Golf Association schedules, the Utah Open Players Championship will be played this weekend, but it actually will be played next week at Willow Creek Country Club.

While the overall purse has decreased from last year, tournament organizers feel this year's field could be the best in years."The field has taken shape nicely during the past two weeks," said Utah Open chairman Jeffrey Miller. "The Nike Tour, PGA Tour, Canadian Tour, Asian Tour and European Tour are very well-represented this year."

Some of the top players committed for the Utah Open are Larry Silveira, Joe Acosta Jr., Todd Demsey, Greg Cesario, E.J. Pfister, Andy Dillard and ex-BYU golfer Brad Sutterfield, most of whom have experience on the PGA Tour.

The biggest names may be Orem's Keith Clearwater and 1991 Utah Open champion Mark Carnevale. Both have committed to play if they don't receive sponsor exemptions to The International in Colorado next week.

STRAY SHOTS: Jeremy Country Club has scheduled a best ball tournament on Aug. 24. This is in addition from the 2-man scramble Sept. 21. Call 531-9000 for information . . . Draper's Mike Weir, who has earned $69,193 in his rookie year on the PGA Tour this year, recently won $45,000 in a Skins Game in Canada . . . The UGA Mid-Amateur will be played next week at three courses, South Mountain, Hidden Valley CC and Thanksgiving Point.