Parkinson leads Open by avoiding three-putts

Aug 24 2013 - 10:36pm

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FARMINGTON - Clearly, Joe Parkinson isn't superstitious.

Following his second-round 66 Saturday at the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open, the BYU golfer blurted out the obvious without fear of fateful repercussions.

"I'm just putting it really well," he said.

He didn't wince when he said it, didn't knock on wood or throw salt over his right shoulder.

Instead, he simply owned it.

"My speed (on the greens) is very good, no three-putts in the tournament yet," he said. "I'm just leaving myself easy tap-ins for pars when I miss my birdie changes, which is very nice."

Very nice indeed.

Parkinson, an amateur, recorded seven birdies and a bogey on Oakridge Country Club's par 72 track. His back-to-back 66s has in him first place, 12-under overall.

Arizona professional Jesse Mueller fired a 66 Saturday morning and sits in second place, one shot in back at 11-under. Colorado Open champion Zahkai Brown made a late push following a 65-minute weather delay late in the afternoon and also finished with a 66, tying him with Mueller and Zach Johnson at 11-under.

In keeping with the theme, Valley View head pro Dustin Volk also scored a second-round 66 and is tied for eighth, at 9-under.

Parkinson has a chance to become the first amateur champ since 2004, when Greg Buckway won the title at the Alpine Country Club.

Parkinson, who won the 2010 Utah State Amateur before leaving for an LDS mission to Tampa, Fla., is nothing if not goal oriented.

He said as a young man one of his goals was to win the State Am. After checking that one off his list, he set a goal to win the Utah Open.

"My goal is to win it before I turn pro," he said. "I feel really comfortable, I feel really confident. I love this tournament, I love the course. You've got lots of good players here who can really take it deep."

Parkinson, 21, is from Alpine and won the State Am on his own course. He said he is familiar with Oakridge, having played in previous Utah Opens was well as Utah Junior Golf Association events on the 7,000-yard course.

As groups concluded their afternoon rounds Saturday, there were overcast skies above Oakridge and a late weather delay that effectively ended the day.

Friday's opening round was delayed 44 minutes because of weather. Saturday's round was briefly delayed in the morning, though it pushed tee times back only about 25 minutes.

Although some of the greens at Oakridge have been browned and damaged by summer heat, Parkinson said he felt the ball was rolling well off his putter.

He said he heard some of his fellow competitors complain about some of the damage, he didn't think it was much of an issue.

"I think there's been one putt where it affected my ball, really," he said. "It kind of slowed it down where I went through the bumps. But I'm just ignoring that stuff and telling myself they're normal greens and the ball's rolling really good for me."

Parkinson has been home from his mission for about a year now. His time in Tampa was served under the direction of Farmington-based professional Bruce Summerhays, a former Utah Open champ.

Parkinson and Summerhays haven't played together this week but did recently get together for a practice round at Oakridge. Parkinson sheepishly admitted he beat his 69-year-old mentor.

"He always tells me he never even lets his kids win," Parkinson said. "When I played with him I shot 5-under."

Summerhays, who shot even par on Friday, scored a 5-over 77 in the second round and did not make the cut.

2013 UTAH OPEN

Saturday's second round scores

at Oakridge Country Club (par-72)

Joe Parkinson (a) -12 66 66 132

Jesse Mueller (p) -11 67 66 133

Zahkai Brown (p) -11 67 66 133

Zach Johnson (p) -11 67 66 133

Matt Montez (p) -10 66 68 134

Nick Mason (p) -10 68 66 134

Matt Baird (p) -10 65 69 134

Dustin White (p) -9 67 68 135

Jordan Krantz (p) -9 69 66 135

John Shaw III (p) -8 65 71 136

Darren Angel (p) -8 69 67 136

Ricky Romano (p) -8 67 69 136

James Drew (p) -7 69 68 137

Dustin Volk (p) -7 71 66 137

Jimmy Gunn (p) -7 66 71 137

Milo Lines (p) -7 69 68 137

Jim Mee (p) -7 70 67 137

Brett Smith (p) -7 69 68 137

Zenon Brown (p) -7 70 67 137

Ryan Hogue (p) -6 69 69 138

Jake Ellison (p) -6 71 67 138

Michael Henderson (p) -6 70 68 138

Clay Ogden (p) -6 71 67 138

Brian Vranesh (p) -6 68 70 138

Stephen Schneiter (p) -5 74 65 139

Zac Blair (a) -5 71 68 139

Eric Frazzetta (p) -5 72 67 139

Todd Fischer (p) -5 71 68 139

Adrian Wadey (p) -5 69 70 139

Gipper Finau (p) -4 72 68 140

Davis Garner (p) -4 72 68 140

Preston Otte (p) -4 71 69 140

Nick Killpack (p) -4 68 72 140

Mike Malaska (p) -4 68 72 140

Mike Drake (p) -4 71 69 140

Jordan Rodgers (a) -4 72 68 140

Casey Fowles (p) -3 70 71 141

Todd Tanner (p) -3 69 72 141

Mark Owen (p) -3 74 67 141

Derek Penman (p) -3 69 72 141

Derrick Rudd (p) -3 71 70 141

Chris Gresh (p) -3 73 68 141

Robbie Fillmore (a) -3 68 73 141

Devon Purser (a) -3 70 71 141

Shawn Edwards (p) -3 68 73 141

Devin Daniels (p) -3 72 69 141

Chris Moody (p) -2 70 72 142

Cole Ogden (a) -2 70 72 142

Tyler Swensen (p) -2 71 71 142

Geoff Gonzalez (p) -2 75 67 142

Nick Travers (p) -2 70 72 142

Jacob Holt (a) -2 70 72 142

Tanner Higham (a) -2 71 71 142

Roy Christensen (p) -1 70 73 143

Jared Barnes (p) -1 69 74 143

Brett Wayment (p) -1 74 69 143

Eric Nielsen (p) -1 71 72 143

Jeff Evans (a) -1 72 71 143

Nathan Nyman (p) -1 72 71 143

Kyle Chappell (p) -1 72 71 143

Kane Webber (p) -1 73 70 143

Pete Stone (p) -1 67 76 143

Toliver Latham (p) -1 72 71 143

 

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