Former BYU golfer Carson Lundell competes in the Korn Ferry Utah Championship on Aug, 4, 2022.

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Carson Lundell couldn’t stop shaking his head. He had just made a bogey after hitting his drive some 325 yards, within 80 yards of the green on his final hole in his first round at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship at Oakridge Country Club.

Lundell’s shot from deep rough on the final hole came up short of the green and he couldn’t get up and down for par from there.

Despite the disappointing bogey, the BYU senior, who is one of only two amateurs in the 156-golfer field, still finished with a 3-under-par 68, which left him in a tie for 38th place after the opening round of the $750,000 72-hole tournament.

But a 66 or 67 would have been so much better. 

Lundell is still in good shape to make the cut with a similar round Friday and he feels he can do even better than his opening round score.

“Honestly I don’t feel I hit the ball well at all, but my short game was good and I made a lot of putts,” said the 24-year-old former Lone Peak High golfer. “Definitely the nerves were going the first few holes and I was all amped up for six or seven holes, but at the end of the day, it’s still golf. I’m just trying to settle in and hit one shot at a time.”

Lundell is one of seven golfers with local ties, all of whom played or play for BYU. The best score of the bunch Thursday belonged to Zac Blair, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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