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Tyson Shelley beats brother, Simon Kwon upset – Deseret News
Tyson Shelley beats brother, Simon Kwon upset – Deseret News

As is often the case on opening day of the Utah Men’s State Amateur Golf Tournament, there were plenty of fireworks at Ogden Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.

How about the brother-versus-brother duel between No. 1 seed and medalist Tyson Shelley and his younger brother Austin, seeded No. 64 and the last golfer to make it into match play?

What if defending champion Simon Kwon was knocked out of the race by the relatively unknown Aidan Thain by one point?

How about 49-year-old former champion Darrin Overson’s victory over Utah Junior State Amateur champion Lincoln Markham?

How about five games that require additional holes to determine the winner?

The most exciting match of the first round was undoubtedly the duel between the Shelley brothers. Tyson, a 21-year-old junior at BYU, had won a medal the day before with a total score of 8 under par (132), securing first place in the 64-man division.

Austin, 16, had to show up early Wednesday morning for a 14-player playoff to determine the final three spots for match play. He narrowly made it through, securing the third and final spot.

Tyson took a 4-up lead after the first nine holes, but Austin caught up, winning holes 10, 11, 13 and 16. Suddenly it was tied, but Tyson won hole 17 when Austin made bogey and the older Shelley closed the match with a par on hole 18.

The big upset came when Thain, a 25-year-old Washington native who plays for Stonebridge GC, eliminated Kwon, a BYU golfer who finished runner-up in 2022 and won last year.

Thain took a two-serve lead after the seventh hole, saw Kwon come back to tie the match after the 13th, then won the 14th and 15th holes with birdies and parred the final two holes after Kwon won the 16th hole.

Several games went into overtime. The longest game was that of BYU golfer Cole Ponich, seeded number 3, who needed 22 holes to beat Caleb Norton.

Former pro Steele DeWald defeated Cameron Crawford in 20 holes, while Andrew Barton won 19-hole matches against Bode Salas, Bridger Holmes against Braylon Bingham and Brock Porter against Salt Lake City Am champion Bowen Mauss.

BYU golfer Cooper Jones scored the most decisive victory in the first round, defeating Blake Murray of Vernal 8 and 6.

Sixteen-year-old Jack Summerhays, eldest son of former champion Daniel Summerhays, advanced with a 3-1 win over Cooper Cannon, while Will Pedersen, also 16, defeated Tyler Ewell 1-0.

The second and third round matches will be played on Thursday, reducing the field to eight players. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Friday, leaving two golfers for a 36-hole final at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

First round games

Tyson Shelley defeats Austin Shelley 1-0

Brendan Thomas defeats Cole Enlow 2-0

Brock Porter defeats Bowen Mauss, 19 holes

Oscar Maxfield defeats Noah Moody 5 and 3

Bridger Holmes defeats Braylon Bingham, 19 holes

Darrin Overson defeats Lincoln Markham 2-0

Jackson Rhees defeated Nicholas Taggart 3 and 2

Peyton Hastings defeats Austin Rustand 2 and 1

David Liechty defeated Dylan McDaniel 3 and 2

John Cook defeats Carson Dopp 1-0

Zach Felts defeats Brogan Bennett 5 and 3

Josh Howe defeated Jake Griffin 4 and 3

Cooper Jones defeats Blake Murray 8 and 6

Matthew Seppanen defeated. Davis Heslington 2 on

Cole Ogden defeated Preston Cheney 4 and 3

Jacob Marx defeats Rex Wilson 1-0

Cole Ponich defeats Caleb Norton, 22 holes

Dan Horner defeated Ryker Dunkley 4 and 2

Hayden Banz defeats Devin Tovey 3 and 2

Parker Bunn defeats Sterling Peterson 2 and 1

Jack Summerhays defeats Cooper Cannon 3 and 1

Elijah Turner defeats Austin Geddings 1-0

Zac Jones defeats Maddox Nielsen 1-0

Will Blanchard defeats Kenny Palmer 6 and 4

John Fox defeats David Jennings 1-0

Leo Torres defeated Shane McMillan 3 and 2

Noah Schöne defeated Andrew Ahlstrom 3 and 2

Davis Johnson defeated John Owen 4 and 2

Aidan Thain defeats Simon Kwon 1-0

Andrew Barton defeats Bode Salas, 19 holes

Will Pedersen defeats Tyler Ewell 1-0

Steele DeWald defeats Cameron Crawford, 20 holes

By Isla