Utah Open: Colorado professional picks up a rare Double Eagle and wins the golf tournament at the Riverside Country Club in Provo

It took a rare double-headed eagle to do this, but Colorado pro Derek Fribbs is hoping he’s now known in golf circles for something other than a fight he did in a Monday qualifier before the Korn Ferry Tour’s Wichita Open last June experienced on a golf course.

Fribbs, who will be his 31st of the tournament on Monday.

“There was a guy behind the green, walking up to him, peering over and raising his hands in the air. But I didn’t believe it until I officially went and got it out of the hole. ”- Derek Fribbs on his double-headed eagle at the Utah Open.

Call it an albatross, a double-headed eagle, or whatever you like, the feat is rarer than a hole-in-one. It was especially sweet for Fribbs, who was from Aurora, Colorado and played golf for the University of Colorado, because ex-Boise State golfer TK Kim had just chipped 14th for Eagle to get within one stroke of the leader to pull.

“There was a guy behind the green who came up to me and peeked over and put his hands in the air,” said Fribbs, who couldn’t see the ball go into the hole because it was 150 yards away. “But I didn’t believe it until I officially went and got it out of the hole.”

With a lead of four strokes over Kim, who finished 15th, Fribbs sailed to victory and finished the 54-hole tournament with 23 under par 193. Kim finished second with -20 alone, while former PGA Tour regular Daniel Fruit Heights’ Summerhays with Matt Marshall, a former UC Davis golfer from Oregon, took third place.

Summerhays, 37, shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday to add to the leaderboard; A 71 on Saturday kept the former BYU golfer and year-old Davis High School instructor from making things interesting on Sunday.

“I play pretty well,” said Summerhays. “You throw a 63 (on Friday) and a 65 up there and play pretty well. Again, I think that my game is suitable for any type of course. “

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  • Tony Romo prepares to putt during the Utah Open finals in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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  • Derek Fribbs celebrates victory at the Utah Open in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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  • Daniel Summerhays celebrates a putt during the final round of the Utah Open in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Summeryhays tied for third place.

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  • TK Kim hits out of the bunker during the Utah Open finals in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Kim comes in second.

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  • Daniel Summerhays sets up a putt during the final round of the Utah Open in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Summeryhays took third place with equal points.

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  • Derek Fribbs celebrates a double-headed eagle in the Utah Open finals in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Fribbs won the Utah Open.

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  • Derek Fribbs hits out of the bunker during the Utah Open finals in Provo on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Fribbs won the Utah Open.

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Aside from playing for the Korn Ferry Tour in the final stages of qualifying school in November, hoping or regaining full status on that tour, Summerhays is still unsure how much tour golf he will play in the future.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” he said after his remarkable debut at the Utah Open. “I’m still thinking about it; I like to play when I want and enjoy when I play. “

Fellow Coloradoan Zahkai Brown, a former Utah Open champion who made Fribbs attend the event three years ago, shared fifth place with Isaac Merry of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a former NMSU golfer.

“If we couldn’t have a winner from Utah, I’m happy to have a winner from Colorado,” said Ned Siegfried, who said his company is adding at least 20 more. The partners recently sold the company to some of the firm’s other lawyers, but Siegfried said the new owners remain committed to the event.

Former BYU player and PGA Tour champion Dean Wilson, a former Utah Open champion, was the low senior winner. Tommy Sharp and Riverside Head Pro Chris Moody have split for the Lower Utah Section for the PGA Pro Honors.

The low amateur was BYU golfer Cole Ponich, who tied for ninth place.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot a 73 on Sunday to finish 4 under 212 and finish in 42nd place. Romo, an amateur who makes more than $ 17 million annually as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, won $ 180 in merchandise credits for his efforts at the Riverside Pro Shop.

Kerstin Fotu, the BYU golfer who became the first woman in history to make the cut at the Utah Open, took 59th place.

Back to Fribbs, who had planned to drive back to Colorado for the night with Brown and will soon be flying to Dallas to qualify for Q School. He said he hit his driver well, which allowed him to overtake the 36-year-old Marshall after two laps after setting a course record at 62 on Friday and 65 on Saturday.

“I’ve worked with my coaches to create more distance and it has paid off,” said Fribbs. “I got it pretty close today, so I got a lot of good looks at birdie. … It just gave me a big advantage to be able to hit far and then also be on the fairway. “

Fribbs said the win was “pretty high” on his list of golf accomplishments. It was his second double-headed eagle, far superior in importance to the one he had in a training session with a friend in Grand Junction, Colorado several years ago.

After Kim’s chip-in eagle, Fribbs told himself to ignore it and keep playing the kind of golf he’d been playing up until then. It was the first time in a week that his No. 15 tee shot landed on the fairway, he said.

His 7 iron from 215 yards was the “perfect shot” and it landed about eight feet from the hole, jumped, and then dribbled in, he heard.

So “Double Eagle to Win the Utah Open” should now appear on Google when searching for Fribbs and Golf together, instead of that other deal in Wichita.

“I knew (question) was coming,” he said with a laugh at the press conference after the tournament. “At least I’m the good guy in the story. I was not beaten up or arrested. “

And he got this oversized check for $ 20,000 to prove it.

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