Utah will host the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships for the first time since Utah joined the Pac-12 in 2011. The Event will take place at The Country Club in Salt Lake City, one of the oldest clubs in the Western United States. Competition will tee off this Friday, April 29th and will conclude on Sunday May 1st. While this is the first Pac-12 championship Utah will host, the program is familiar with hosting championship tournaments having hosted six conference tournaments previously (1948, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1984 1995).
The competition will take place over three days and 72 holes, with the first day consisting of 36 holes. Players will be playing in groups of three. The defending Pac-12 champion, Stanford, will tee off first to begin the competition. The Cardinal currently ranked no. 4 in the country is the favorite to repeat, however they will have stiff competition from no. 5 USC. The Pac-12 has six teams in the top-30 with no. 16 Arizona State, no. 17 California, no. 26 Oregon and no.27 Washington also in contention to capture a conference title.
Individually the Pac-12 has several good players to watch. Only five NCAA golfers are averaging a sub-70 score this year, with three of them coming out of the Pac-12. No.1 ranked Maverick McNealy (Stanford) averages 69.04, no. 2 ranked Jon Rahm (Arizona State) 69.43 and no. 5 Aaron Wise (Oregon) 69.77. McNealy will be looking for the repeat after winning the individual championship last year. No player has won back to back championships since 2000.
Unfortunately the Utes are not expected to play much of a factor in this tournament neither individually or team wise. Despite being a veteran team led by five seniors and two juniors, the Utes have posted only three top five finishes this season. Senior Jose Pelaya leads the Utes, shooting a 72.89 average. Local product (Layton, Utah) Brandon Kida is also a standout performer for the Utes and is coming off his best career best outing, finishing third in the Cougar Ping Classic.
Admission to the event is free to the public and attendance is encouraged. If you plan on attending, keep in mind the club does have a dress code (no T-shirts, jeans, athletic shorts etc.) so plan accordingly. The course is located at 2400 Country Club Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109.