Utah will look to continue on its upward track in 2019. Now in his third year at the helm, head coach Garrett Clegg expects the Utes to prove that they can compete at the highest level of collegiate golf.
Utah had six top-five team finishes during the 2017-18 season, including first place at the Mark Simpson Invitational for the program’s first team title since 2009. Highlighting the 2018 fall events, the Utes took home the team title at the Showdown in the Rockies.
Senior Kyler Dunkle secured individual titles at the Showdown in the Rockies and the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational. He now has three individual titles to become Utah’s all-time career leader. Dunkle led Utah with a 71.1 strokes per round average through the fall. He also qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach last August.
Blake Tomlinson, who was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, tied for ninth place overall at the 2018 NCAA Regionals and was the second-highest individual player, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The sophomore from Salt Lake City is one of two golfers in school history to register a top-10 finish in a regional tournament. Tomlinson tied for 41st at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships and led the Utes with a 71.5 strokes-per-round average on the season.
Tristan Mandur, a sophomore from Mill Bay, British Columbia, tied for 34th at the last year’s Pac-12 Championships. Mandur was second on the team with a 73.6 strokes per round average over 12 rounds through the fall.
Jordan Costello was an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic team selection. The junior from Pinedale, Wyo., was named the 2018 Wyoming State Golf Association Player of the Year. He registered four top-25 finishes on the year.
Junior Mitchell Schow, who was named the 2018 Utah Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year, had his best finish of the fall by coming in fifth at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
Freshman Axel Einarsson was tied for fifth in the nation with four eagles through the fall season. His best fall finish was tying for 27th at the Showdown in the Rockies.
During the University's 2017 Fall Break, the Ute golf team made a trip to the Philadelphia area and played three of the top courses in the United States.
"Not very often do you get to play any of the top-rated courses in the world, let alone three in the same week. It was pretty awesome to walk the same fairways that the history of this game is built on. The memories made on those courses will be ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life."
The East Course at Merion Golf Club is enriched with golf history, from the completion of Bobby Jones' Grand Slam to Ben Hogan's comeback victory in the 1950 U.S. Open. Merion has hosted multiple major championship and is rated sixth in Golf Digest's "Greatest Courses" and 20th in "Toughest Courses."
Its championship golf course is consistently rated among the top golf courses in the United States. Aronimink is currently ranked 78th in Golf Digest's "Greatest Courses" and 44th in "Toughest Courses."
Stonewall's Old Course has been ranked among Golf Magazine's Top 100 golf courses in the United States, while the North Course was named one of the top 10 best new courses in the country by "The Golfer" magazine.
Garrett Clegg, a former standout golfer for the Utes, is in his third year as Utah's head coach.
Under Clegg’s direction, the Utes have registered back-to-back sub-300 combined team scoring averages in 2017 and 2018, the first two in more than 20 seasons for the Utah program. Utah recorded six top-five team finishes last season.
In his Clegg’s first year, Gentry Hicks and Kyler Dunkle became the first two Utah players to post sub-73.0 averages in a single season in more than 15 years. Dunkle lowered his average to 71.6 last year, while Blake Tomlinson was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, tied for ninth place overall at NCAA Regionals, and finished with a 71.5 average.
A native of Bountiful, Utah, Clegg made the move back to the Salt Lake City area after serving as head coach for five seasons at Washington State. Under Clegg's guidance, the Cougars recorded six regular-season tournament titles and 15 top-five finishes. WSU notched three, top-10 finishes at the Pac-12 Championship tournaments under Clegg, which included ninth place at the 2016 event held at The Country Club in Salt Lake City.
Prior to his time in Pullman, Wash., Clegg spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Washington. During his time at UW, the men's program captured back-to-back Pac-10 Conference titles in 2009 and ‘10 and concluded both seasons with fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Washington advanced to NCAA Regionals in each of his four seasons and three times qualified for the NCAA Championships. Clegg helped mentor Husky All-Americans Nick Taylor, Richard Lee, Darren Wallace and Chris Williams.
Clegg is a former professional and collegiate golfer who played at Minnesota for two years, where he was a part of the 2002 NCAA Championship qualifying team, before transferring to Utah for his final two seasons. A 2004 graduate of Utah, Clegg was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and placed third in the conference championship in 2003.
Clegg is tied for third all-time at the U. with five top-10 finishes in a season, and his eight career top-10 finishes ranks third most in school history. He is one of three Utah golfers to qualify for NCAA Regionals all-time. Clegg finished tied for 81st at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championship.
Clegg played in the 2003 U.S. Amateur and advanced to the second round of the 2002 U.S. Public Links tournament. As a professional, he played on the Nationwide Tour after in 2007 after finishing fifth in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School.
Clegg and his wife Rachael have three daughters, Grace, Sophie and Chloe, and a son, Brady.
Chance Cain is in his third season as the assistant coach at Utah. He served as a volunteer assistant coach two seasons at Texas Tech before joining the Ute program.
Cain was a part of the 2013 Texas Tech squad that placed 14th at the NCAA Championships—the program's third-best finish in history. The following season, Texas Tech went on to place second at the 2014 Big 12 Championships.
The Big Spring, Texas, native played at Midland College from 2006-08 and was part of the 2008 NJCAA National Championship team. Cain earned his bachelor's degree in general business at Texas Tech and later earned his master's degree in sports management.