The chase for the Utah Men's State Amateur golf championship is down to eight, and most of the remaining players have been there before.
Perhaps the most intriguing story belongs to 51-year-old Steve Poulson, who first disposed of 15-year-old Patrick Fishburn in 19 holes Friday morning and then rolled over defending champion Nick Nelson, a Utah Valley University star, 3 and 2 in his afternoon match. Poulson advances to face the tournament's least-known player Christian Jensen, a former Dixie State player who is playing in only his second State Amateur. The 22-year-old from St. George cruised over Corbin Gale 6 and 4 in the morning before outlasting Southern Utah's Nathan Page 1 up in the afternoon.
Another quarterfinal match will feature the long-hitting duo of Dan Horner and Carl Jensen. Horner first disposed of Layton teen Brandon Kida before getting past close friend Jeff Jolley 2 and 1 Friday afternoon. Carl Jensen, with the day's toughest draw, beat Clay Bingham 4 and 3 and then added a 3 and 2 victory over BYU's Nick Killpack.
Darrin Overson, 1998 champion, was 11-under par for the 30 holes he played Friday in taking care of Kyle Chappell and medalist Michael McRae 4 and 3 in each match. He'll face Casey Fowles, a former Dixie High and UNLV golfer, who topped Toph Peterson 3 and 2 and O. J. Ainsworth 3 and 1.The final quarterfinal match will feature Utah State's Devin Daniels against BYU's Robbie Fillmore. Daniels slipped past Michael Curtis 3 and 1 in the morning before edging John Owen 1-up in Round 2. Fillmore beat Lance Richards 2 and 1 and then cruised past Tyler Labrum 4 and 3 later in the day.