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BYU sophomore Joe Parkinson leads the Utah Open by one stroke.
I haven't had any problem with the greens. I'm just putting really well. My speed is very good — no three-putts yet. I'm just ignoring that stuff and telling myself they're normal greens and the ball has been rolling really well for me. —BYU sophomore Joe Parkinson

FARMINGTON — Rarely does an amateur win the Utah Open golf tournament, but BYU sophomore Joe Parkinson put himself in great position to become one of the few with his second-straight 66 Saturday at Oakridge Country Club.

The 21-year-old Parkinson, who returned from an LDS mission last fall and played for the Cougar golf team this past year, used another sparkling round to grab a one-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round of the $115,000 tournament.

His two-round total of 132 puts him a shot ahead of Arizona pro Jesse Mueller, Colorado's Zahkai Brown and Salt Lake pro Zach Johnson, and two ahead of three golfers, including first-round co-leader Matt Baird of Provo.

Brown, a former Colorado State golfer who won the Colorado Open last month, had a chance to grab a share of the lead but lipped out a 12-foot birdie on the last hole. Johnson birdied the final hole to get to 11-under par.

For Parkinson, the key to his fine play has been his excellent putting, despite the less-than-ideal conditions of the Oakridge greens, which have had trouble surviving the hot summer.

"I haven't had any problem with the greens," Parkinson said. "I'm just putting really well. My speed is very good — no three-putts yet. I'm just ignoring that stuff and telling myself they're normal greens and the ball has been rolling really well for me."

In Saturday's round, Parkinson made three putts between 10 and 15 feet, and this was a day after sinking four straight putts in the 13- to 18-foot range on holes 1 through 4.

When he was 18, just before leaving on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tampa, Fla., Parkinson won the Utah State Amateur and said he'd love to add a Utah Open title.

"It would mean a lot to win this," he said. "Before my mission my goal was to win the State Amateur, and after I accomplished that another goal I put down was to win the Utah Open and to try to win it before I turn pro."

Parkinson's mission president was Bruce Summerhays, who returned home in July and is playing this week (he missed the cut with scores of 72 and 77). Parkinson said he never got to play with Summerhays while on his mission, but played with him two weeks ago when Summerhays invited him for a practice round.

When asked who won, Parkinson paused for a few seconds before saying, "Yeah, I did. I shot 5 under."

Despite his fine first round, Parkinson was unhappy with some aspects of his swing, so he got some advice from Summerhays on the range Friday.

"I've been struggling with my swing a little bit and he helped me for five or 10 minutes yesterday," Parkinson said.

Mueller, a 30-year-old former Arizona State player, is playing in the Utah Open for the first time. He appeared to be running away from the field when he got to 13 under for the tournament through 12 holes, including an eagle-2 with a 100-yard chip-in at the par-4 seventh hole.

However, he admitted getting a little nervous down the stretch. Three missed putts from 3 feet dropped him back to 11-under par for the tourney.

Along with Baird at 134 are 2010 champion Nick Mason of Denver and Matt Montez of Sacramento.

OPEN NOTES: In the 86-year history of the tournament, only six amateurs have won and only one in the past 37 years. ... For the second-straight day, play was delayed because of lightning. This time there were two delays, the first in the morning before anyone had teed off, delaying play for 50 minutes. The second one happened at 5:07 p.m. and lasted until 6:12 p.m.. ... Steve Schneiter, who is looking for his first Utah Open win, had the best round of the day, a 7-under 65, which along with his opening-round 74, puts him at 139. ... Defending champion James Drew made a run at the lead but fell back with a double bogey on his final hole and finished with a 68 and a 137 total. ... First-day leader John Shaw could only manage a 71 and is six off the pace. ... The cut came at 1-under-par 143, with 63 golfers surviving for the final round.

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Oakridge Country Club

Par 72


Second-round scores

(a- denotes amateur)

132 – a-Joe Parkinson (66-66)

133 – Jesse Mueller (67-66), Zahkai Brown (67-66), Zach Johnson (67-66)

134 – Matt Montez (66-68), Nick Mason (68-66), Matt Baird (65-69)

135 – Dustin White (67-68), Jordan Krantz (69-66)

136 – John Shaw (65-71), Darren Angel (69-67), Ricky Romano (67-69)

137 – James Drew (69-68), Dustin Volk (71-66), Jimmy Gunn (66-71), Milo Lines (69-68), Jim Mee (70-67), Brett Smith (69-68), Zenon Brown (70-67)

138 – Ryan Hogue (69-69), Jake Ellison (71-67), Michael Henderson (70-68), Clay Ogden (71-67), Brian Vranesh (68-70)

139 – Steve Schneiter (74-65), a-Zac Blair (71-68), Eric Frazzetta (72-66), Todd Fischer (71-68), Adrian Wadey (69-70)

140 – Gipper Finau (72-68), Davis Garner (72-68), Preston Otte (71-69), Nick Killpack (68-72), Mike Malaska (68-72), Mike Drake (71-69), a-Jordan Rodgers (72-68)

141 – Casey Fowles (70-71), Todd Tanner (69-72), Mark Owen (74-67), Derek Penman (69-72), Derrick Rudd (70-71), Chris Gresh (73-68), a-Robbie Fillmore (68-73), a-Devon Purser (70-71), Shawn Edwards (68-73), Devin Daniels (72-79)

142 – Chris Moody (70-72), a-Cole Ogden (70-72), Tyler Swensen (71-71), Geoff Gonzalez (75-67), Nick Travers (70-72), a-Jacob Holt(70-72), Devin Daniels (72-70)

143 – Roy Christensen (70-73), Jared Barnes (69-74), Brett Wayment (74-69), Eric Nielsen (71-72), a-Jeff Evans (72-71), Nathan Nyman (72-71), Kyle Chappell, Kane Webber (73-70), Pete Stone (67-76), Toliver Latham (72-71)


144 – Brad Stone (72-72), Cameron Edens (74-70), a-Austin Banz (73-71), Tracy Zobell (74-70), Anthony Verna (71-73), a-Kelton Hirsch (75-69), Curtis Cook (73-71)

145 – Kim Thompson (74-71), Jimmy Blair (73-72), Tommy Sharp (71-74)

146 – Mike Borich (73-73), a-Brandon Kida (75-71), Dustin Pimm (73-73), Derek Butts (73-73), Nathan Page (73-73),

147 – a-Dan Horner (75-72), Corey Prugh (72-75), a-Kai Ruiz (74-73), Carey Shinkle (75-72), Alexander Theodore (74-73)

148 – Derek Fox (77-71), Joe Summerhays (76-72), a-Greg Wojtkun (73-75), Ryan Rhees (73-75), Dave DeSantis (76-72), Chris Marx (71-77)

149 – Bruce Summerhays (72-77) Travis Hilton (76-73), a-McCoy Willey (78-71)

150 – Chris Stover (76-74), Zachary Bowcut (79-71), Stacy Camacho (77-73), Kury Reynolds (76-74), Andrew Gunson (72-78), David Jennings (77-73)

151 – Ryan Kartchner (78-73), Corey Badger (77-74), Jeremy Green (81-70), Robert Burbank (74-77), Tele Wightman (77-74), a-Mason Casper (77-74), a-Jon Wright (75-76), Mark Boggs (78-73)

152 – Wade Olsen (75-77), Brent Moyes (75-77), a-Boston Watts (75-77), Johnathon Ward (78-74)

153 – Scott Brandt (78-75), Kent Abegglen (75-78), Todd Meyer (75-78), Neil Economy (74-79), a-Peyton Hastings (79-74)

154 – Henry White (77-77), Cody Lopez (75-79), Jon Paupore (78-76), Gregory Stephens (78-76), Kevin Morrison (73-81)

155 – Ron Branca (75-80), J.Z. Davis (76-79), Luke Martin (79-76), Eric Kleven (76-79), Bob Casper (78-77), Quentin Sasser (79-76)

157 – Joseph DeLuca (77-80), Ryan Colemere (79-78)

158 – Colby Cowan (79-79), Todd Mullen (79-79), Tory Gatrell (76-82)

159 – Ryan Harper (83-76), Jeremy Miller (78-81), Charles Taylor (81-78), Adam Johnson (81-78)

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160 – Jeff Cliften (80-80), Jeffrey John (81-79), Randy Long (78-82)

161 – Tony McQuivey (81-80), Jordan Van Orman (81-80)

162 – a-Gary Brockbank (84-78)

163 -- Jason Davis (83-80), Mitch Jensen (79-84),

164 – Paul Lorentzen (81-83), Steve Elliott (84-80), a-Ned Siegfried (81-83), Cameron Thomas (80-84), Gary Schneiter (86-78)

166 – a-Rod Zundel (82-84)

167 – Marco Stevanoni (85-82)

168 – Edward Rich (84-84)

173 – Reed McArthur (87-86)

WD – Charles Class, Keith LaCome, a-Scott Fairbanks, Colby Myers