State’s bid to host first USGA event stalls

State’s bid to host first USGA event stalls

first_imgUtah’s bid to host its first United States Golf Association golf tournament has hit another snag.The USGA has been trying to get a tournament in Utah, one of a handful of states never to host a USGA event, and offered the 2007 USGA State Team Championships, featuring three-man and three-woman teams from every state in the country.The Country Club in Salt Lake is the preferred course for the men’s event, but Wednesday night the club’s board of directors voted down the idea in a 5-4 vote.Hidden Valley Country Club has already offered to host the women’s portion of the Team Championships, but it can’t without the Country Club hosting the men’s tourney.Country Club board member Steve Brinton, who is also on the USGA’s Mid-Amateur Committee, was disappointed with the decision and hopes that the board will reconsider it in a meeting later this month.”It’s unfortunate,” he said. “This would bring great prestige to our club and wouldn’t cost us anything. This is one of the few USGA events that breaks even or makes money. I know the USGA would really like to have the event here.”One of the stumbling blocks for some board members is giving up their golf course for nearly a week while the tournament is played and preparations are being made. But Brinton points out that it will only improve the course in the long run, just as holding the U.S. Senior Open qualifying tournament Friday did.The team championships, which were begun in 1995, are played every other year in September. Brinton still holds out some hope that the tournament will come to Utah if more members get behind the idea. “I don’t think the door is closed if the membership wants it,” he said. E-mail: [email protected]last_img

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