Oakridge CC named host of Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank
January 19, 2017
By Web.com Tour staff
- PGA TOUR member Daniel Summerhays grew up playing Oakridge Country Club. (Courtesy of Oakridge CC)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Web.com Tour, in conjunction with the Utah Sports Commission, announced Thursday the Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah as host of the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, which will be contested the week of July 10-16, 2017, with all four rounds broadcast live on Golf Channel.
In addition to the new venue, the Tour announced an increase in the tournament purse to $700,000, with the winner receiving $126,000. The $700,000 marks the second-largest purse offered during the Web.com Tour Regular Season.
“We have been fortunate to have had several of Utah's finest golf courses host the Utah Championship over the years, and look forward to having Oakridge Country Club host the 2017 event, showcasing another great Utah community," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.”
The Utah Championship, which celebrated its 25th playing in 2016, has produced a strong list of champions since the tournament debuted in 1990, including inaugural winner John Daly, Zach Johnson (2003) and 2015 Web.com Tour Player of the Year Patton Kizzire.
The tournament has had three host venues since 1990, including Riverside C.C., Willow Creek C.C. and the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point, which hosted the event each of the last two years.
“We are grateful for the time and effort each course put into hosting this event, and are excited for what the future will hold as we transition to Oakridge this year,” said Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. “The Utah Championship has long been one of our most popular stops, and today’s announcement allows us to increase the purse for our membership while continuing to solidify the tournament’s charitable and community-driven footprint in the greater Salt Lake City area.”
Oakridge, which is located just 15 minutes north of Salt Lake City, has a rich history in Davis County. Established in 1956, the course was originally designed by William F. Bell, with recent renovations to the course adding and improving streams and lakes in order to provide aesthetics and difficulty. With the improvements to the golf course and the clubhouse, which was rebuilt in 2005, players and spectators will find the new venue to be a welcoming atmosphere. The 6,983-yard course served as host of the 2000 Utah State Amateur Championship.
“Oakridge Country Club is proud to host the Utah Championship and bring the eyes of the professional golf world to our prestigious club nestled in the heart of Davis County, home to an eclectic collection of entertainment, food, industry and outdoor adventure," said Mark Jensen, General Manager of Oakridge Country Club.
The club is home to former Web.com Tour winner Daniel Summerhays, who claimed the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship while still an amateur. The 33-year-old, who is in the midst of his seventh season on the PGA TOUR, has accumulated 17 career top-10 finishes – including a pair of runner-up efforts in 2013 and 2014.
“I’m really excited that my home course, where I grew up playing golf every day, is going to be a Web.com Tour host course. I have so many fond memories of playing late at night and early in the morning, and I know that course like the back of my hand,” said Summerhays. “To have some of the best players in the world on my home track, where I learned the game of golf, is pretty special.”
The Utah Championship, which is one of 22 Regular Season tournaments on the Web.com Tour schedule, is held at a crucial time in the Tour calendar, just six weeks shy of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz, where the top 25 players on the money list will earn their 2017-18 PGA TOUR cards.
Six of the top 10 finishers in the 2016 Utah Championship, including winner Nicholas Lindheim, secured their 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards through the Web.com Tour.