The Utes head into their spring schedule looking to carry over the momentum from top-five finishes in every event of the fall season.
Utah notched its first team title since 2009 at the Mark Simpson Invitational following a playoff with Colorado to highlight its fall schedule. Junior Kyler Dunkle also placed first at that event, marking the first individual title by a Ute since 2006. It was the first time since October of 1990 that Utah had won both the individual and team titles in the same tournament.
Dunkle led the Utes throughout the fall season by notching three top-20 finishes. He also led the Utes in scoring average (71.1 strokes per round) and recorded a team-low round of 64, which he notched during the third round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
Sophomores Jordan Costello and Mitchell Schow have improved after gaining valuable experience last year. Both appeared in every tournament during the fall. Costello's top finish was 15th at the Health Plan Mountaineer, while Schow was 12th at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
Rounding out the fall lineup, freshmen Blake Tomlinson and Tristan Mandur came in and made an immediate impact to the team. Tomlinson posted his best finish in the opening event, the Gene Miranda Falcon in Erie, Colo., when he finished tied for 10th. Mandur also recorded a top-10 finish by placing sixth at the Nick Watney Invitational in Fresno, Calif. Nathan Wunderli and Peyton Hastings also competed during the fall season
Garrett Clegg, a former standout golfer for the Utes, is in his second year as Utah's head coach. In just the first season under Clegg's direction, the Utes managed to have one of their best seasons in recent years as Utah went on to record a program-best five top-three finishes on the year. Ute golfers also managed to post seven top-10 individual performances on the season.
The Utes registered a combined 296.5 team strokes-per-round average on the year for the school's first sub-300 average in more than 20 seasons. Gentry Hicks (72.5) and Kyler Dunkle (72.6) also became the first two Utah players to post sub-73.0 averages in a single season in more than 15 years.
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 second 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.