Annual Shootout and Amateur tournaments hit Hideout this week
by Jeff Simon
Hideout Golf Club PGA Professional
It’s tournament week at the Hideout Golf Club with the annual Hideout Shootout and Amateur hitting the course Friday through Sunday, July 28-30. The shootout will feature close to 60 teams in an 18-hole, best-ball event on Friday.
The 36-hole Amateur on Saturday and Sunday will feature 110 golfers trying to tame the Hideout which was again named the top public golf course in Utah this summer by Golfweek Magazine.
Paul Norman from Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville, UT is the defending champion and is in the field again this year. The top local golfers in the event are Monticello’s Josh Keyes and Blanding’s Rob Wilcox.
As part of Monticello’s Pioneer Day celebrations on Saturday, July 22 the Hideout hosted its second annual long drive contest.
After finishing as the runner-up last year, 17-year-old Wyatt Toney topped everyone with a drive of 339 yards. He was the winner of the boys junior division while Brayden Ward of Moab won the men’s division with a 323-yard bomb.
Topping the senior division was Monticello’s own Brian Boyd at 284 yards with Craig Leavitt winning the super senior division at 247 yards.
La Sal’s Vickie Thomas won the women’s division with a drive of 174 yards and Monticello’s Reagan Gill, who just took up golf this summer, was the girls junior winner with a 202-yard drive.
The final junior clinic of the summer is coming up next Monday through Wednesday, August 7-9 from 10 a.m. until noon all three days. Participation has been exceptional this summer with 48 kids in the first clinic of the year and 36 in the second.
During the final day of each clinic there has been a tournament among the junior golfers. Sponsored by the Monticello Rotary Club, the tourney has been either six holes, three holes, or a three-hole short game event depending on the golfer’s ability.
The tournaments have played a big part in helping the junior golfers learn how to play the game as well as learn how to properly hit a golf ball.
The Founders Tournament, which celebrates the people who brought golf to Monticello, will be played on September 2 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
All proceeds from that tournament will go toward improvements at the Hideout. Cost is $280 per foursome for the scramble format event.
Other events coming up in the next few weeks include the Randon Keyes Memorial Fundraiser night tournament on August 12 and the Senior and Women’s Amateur August 18-19. Visit hideoutgolf.com for full details.