Utah golfers to highlight field at Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship.

Exemptions announced for June 25–28 Utah Championship

Farmington, Utah (June 17, 2020) – The PGA TOUR will bring professional golf back to Utah this month, with the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission, teeing off Thursday, June 25, at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah. It will be only the third Korn Ferry Tour event since its return from a pandemic pause and the first to be televised live, with the GOLF Channel providing daily live coverage.

Highlighting this year’s Utah Championship will be the appearance of Utah players Mike Weir, Daniel Summerhays, Preston Summerhays and Patrick Fishburn. A prize purse of $650,000 will be at stake for golfers with the champion earning $117,000—one of the highest on the Korn Ferry Tour.

The five players who will receive an exemption into the Utah Championship field include Utah natives Fishburn, Daniel Summerhays, and Preston Summerhays, along with UCLA All-American Jonathan Garrick and rising star Bobby Bai from China. They will join a field of 156 golfers.

“The Korn Ferry Tour field is remarkable with the Utah Championship showcasing outstanding golfers who are moving their careers forward,” said Utah Sports Commission President and CEO Jeff Robbins. “Getting an exemption into the field for the Utah Championship is a huge opportunity for young golfers. We’re especially proud to be able to support Utah golfers like Patrick, Danny and Preston.”

The Utah Championship, now in its 29th year, is one of the longest standing events on the Korn Ferry Tour—the stepping stone to the PGA TOUR. Last year’s Utah Championship came to a thrilling conclusion as Norwegian pro Kristoffer Ventura won in a playoff. Going into the final round, Utah fans were on edge as hometown hero Daniel Summerhays remained in contention for the lead.

The tour took a break with the pandemic in March, but recently returned with two stops in Florida before moving to the Utah Championship. This year’s tournament will be conducted under a COVID-19 protocol put in place by the Korn Ferry Tour, Utah Sports Commission and other partners, with only golfers, caddies and tournament officials allowed onto the course following strict protocols. Fans can follow the action on the Utah Championship Facebook and Instagram channels and PGA TOUR Mobile app. They can also watch live coverage on the GOLF Channel, with event updates at utahchampionship.com.

“Golf has long been a strong sport in Utah with stars like Masters champion Mike Weir of BYU and now Utah native Tony Finau,” said Robbins. “It was important for us to be able to help support the return of the Korn Ferry Tour with the Utah Championship at Oakridge Country Club and to ensure that it was televised on the GOLF Channel to showcase Utah to a national audience.”

Live coverage can be seen on the GOLF Channel daily from 4-6 p.m. MDT beginning with opening rounds on Thursday, June 25, and continuing through Sunday, June 28.

EXEMPTIONS

Bobby Bai
An emerging star from China, Bobby Bai (22), moved into the spotlight a year ago becoming the first golfer from mainland China to win on the European Challenge Tour with his victory at the Foshan Open. Bai was the top-ranked amateur in China before turning pro. He left China to pursue a golf career in America, now basing out of Orlando, Fla. and the University of Central Florida. He has been competing on the Korn Ferry Tour since February.

Patrick Fishburn
Utah native Patrick Fishburn (27), a BYU All-American, saw his pro career blossom on the Mackenzie Tour, with a victory last year. Fishburn was a recipient of a Tony Finau Foundation grant presented last year through the Utah Championship and Utah Sports Commission as one of the athletes Finau is mentoring. A graduate of Fremont High School, he was a past Utah Amateur of the Year.

Jonathan Garrick
An All American for UCLA, Jonathan Garrick (26), who plays out of Atherton, Calif., has been making his way up the ladder on the Mackenzie Tour. Last season he recorded three top 10 finishes, earning his way to the Korn Ferry Tour.

Daniel Summerhays
Utah native Daniel Summerhays (36), who grew up not far from the Oakridge Country Club, thrilled Utah fans a year ago coming into the final day of the Utah Championship in contention for a win. A BYU All-American, Summerhays has a 2007 Korn Ferry Tour win to his credit and joined the PGA TOUR in 2011 and has been a key part of Utah’s golf community for many years.

Preston Summerhays
Under the tutelage of his mentor Tony Finau, Utah native Preston Summerhays (17) is carrying on his family’s great Utah golfing tradition. He is the oldest son of Boyd Summerhays and will golf alongside his uncle, Daniel. At just 16 last July, Summerhays won the U.S. Junior Amateur title joining past champions like Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. A month earlier he had his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Utah Championship, following that with his second Utah Junior Amateur title. Summerhays was also a member of the Junior President’s Cup Team last December. 

 

UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 25
Tee times to be provided to media
LIVE – GOLF Channel – 4-6 p.m. MDT

Friday, June 26
Tee times to be provided to media
LIVE – GOLF Channel – 4-6 p.m. MDT

Saturday, June 27
Tee times to be provided to media
LIVE – GOLF Channel – 4-6 p.m. MDT

Sunday June 28
Tee times to be provided to media
LIVE – GOLF Channel – 4-6 p.m. MDT

 

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About Korn Ferry Tour

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).

 

About Utah Sports Commission

The Utah Sports Commission, a not-for-profit 501c6 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com.