Bobby Clampett will be returning from North Carolina to his old stomping grounds, nearly 30 years later. Boyd Summerhays and Clay Ogden will have relatively short drives from their homes in Davis County.
All three golfers have received exemptions to play in this year's Utah Championship, the Nationwide PGA Tour event that will be played Sept. 4-7 at Willow Creek Country Club.
The announcement was made Monday at a gathering of media, sponsors and volunteers at Willow Creek.
Besides Clampett, Summerhays and Ogden, PGA Tour veteran Craig Barlow also has been given one of the four sponsor exemptions.
"Clay and Boyd will give local fans something to get excited about, and Bobby and Craig bring with them some impressive PGA Tour experience," said Tournament Director Mike Smith. According to Smith the tournament received 67 requests from golfers all over the world for one of the coveted exemptions,
"The fact that we're able to attract such great players to come compete in our event is a real testament to the success and popularity of this tournament among professional golfers," Smith added.
The tournament is allowed four sponsor's exemptions, but two are restricted, and the other two are open. For the restricted exemptions, the tournament committee was allowed to choose two from a list of players that are affiliated with the PGA Tour.
Clampett played for the BYU golf team from 1978-80 and was an all-American before turning professional. After a spotty 14-year career, he turned to the broadcasting booth, but now at age 48 may be gearing up for the Champions Tour.
Barlow, who will be playing in his first Nationwide event, lives in Henderson, Nev., and is recovering from a wrist injury suffered last year. He received a medical extension for this year and recently competed in the British Open.
Summerhays has played regularly on both the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour, but he has no exempt status right now. Ogden played for BYU and qualified for the Masters in 2006 as the winner of the U.S. Public Links, and he has been playing on the Canadian Tour.The Utah Championship gets under way with a qualifying tournaments at Glen Eagle and Valley View golf courses on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Pro-ams will be played Tuesday and Wednesday with the tournament proper being played Thursday through Sunday.
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