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Utah State Am: Liechty gets off to a strong start in Round of 32; Wednesday’s results | News, Sports, Jobs
Utah State Am: Liechty gets off to a strong start in Round of 32; Wednesday’s results | News, Sports, Jobs





CONNER BECKER, Standard Examiner

Layton graduate David Liechty tees off on the 8th hole during the round of 64 at the Utah State Amateur Championship at Ogden Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

OGDEN – Former Layton High standout David Liechty has come a long way since he first picked up the set of plastic golf clubs his mother gave him as a toddler.

Liechty, who is currently serving a service assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, continued his winning streak at the Utah State Amateur on Wednesday, opening play with a round of 64 victory by a score of 3 and 2 over Highlands native Dylan McDaniel.

The Utah Tech freshman, who will arrive on campus in 2025, shot 5-under par with his younger brother Ryan caddling for him in both rounds of stroke play to qualify for the round. Liechty opened match play feeling good from his 9:03 a.m. start at Ogden Golf and Country Club.

“The first tee shot was a hit,” said Liechty, who finished second in last year’s championship under champion Simon Kwon. “I haven’t played that well with the driver this week, so I was super happy with that.”

However, four bogeys in a row, a few “bad wedges” and a putting speed that did not meet the Layton graduate’s expectations could not stop Liechty from moving into the round of 32.

CONNER BECKER, Standard Examiner

Layton graduate David Liechty makes a putt on the No. 7 green during the round of 64 of the Utah State Amateur Championship on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Ogden Golf and Country Club.

For Liechty, it is quite natural to persevere even in difficult times.

That trait was evident a year ago when Liechty tore his medial ligament a week before the Region 1 tournament, the same tournament he won as a junior in Layton. He returned from physical therapy two weeks later and placed fifth at the state tournament.

Liechty showed his resilience on Wednesday as temperatures rose above 100 degrees in the early afternoon. On hand in the heat was Brad Sutterfield, Liechty’s future head coach and former 1992 amateur national champion.

The former BYU golfer, who played at the collegiate level from 1987 to 1994, struck a chord with Liechty when he recruited during his prep at Layton.

“I tried to talk to every school I could,” Liechty said. “And then Utah Tech stood out. I was praying for it, obviously, but I like their practice facilities and (Sutterfield) is great. I also like a lot of the guys that go there, so there are a lot of things that play into that.”

When asked about the St. George area and Southern Utah, Liechty said he is drawn to the quality of the courses near Utah Tech and is looking forward to the change of terrain. Additionally, Liechty is excited to share the next phase of his career with his family.

“Golf is a big part of our lives,” Liechty said. “My dad comes to a lot of my tournaments and my mom comes as often as she can.”

Liechty will face John Cook (Utah State) in the round of 32; Cook finished one stroke better than Bonneville graduate Carsen Dopp on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Davis High graduate Cole Ponich (BYU) needed 22 holes to beat Caleb Norton (Lone Peak) by a single stroke and advance to Thursday.

RESULTS, THURSDAY GAMES

• No. 2 Cole Ponich (BYU) defeated No. 63 Caleb Norton (Lone Peak) in 22 holes and will face No. 34 Dan Horner at 9:12 a.m. Thursday.

• No. 58 Jack Summerhays (Davis) defeated No. 7 Cooper Cannon (Layton) 3 and 1 and will face No. 26 Elijah Turner at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

• No. 12 Cole Ogden (BYU) defeated No. 53 Preston Cheney 4 and 3 and will face No. 44 Jacob Marx at 9:03 a.m. Thursday.

• No. 15 Hayden Banz (Weber State) advanced 3 and 2 over No. 50 Devin Tovey (Highland) and will face No. 18 Parker Bunn (Bonneville HS) at 9:21 a.m. Thursday; Bunn advanced 2 and 1 over No. 47 Sterling Peterson.

• No. 32 Brendan Thomas (Weber State) moved up two spots over No. 33 Cole Enlow and will face No. 1 seed Tyson Shelley at 8 a.m. Thursday.

• No. 36 Carsen Dopp (Bonneville) lost 1 to No. 29 John Cook (Utah State). Cook will face No. 4 David Liechty (Layton) at 8:36 a.m. Thursday.

The winners will advance to the round of 16, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

The full table can be viewed online at golfgenius.com/pages/4590068.

Contact sports reporter Conner Becker via email at [email protected] and X @ctbecker.



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