Along with a new coaching staff, Utah's roster is loaded with new talent for the 2016-17 season.
Four veterans return, led by senior Gentry Hicks, who turned in a team-high 33 rounds last season and had the third-best stroke average of 74.5.
Also returning is senior Justin Mortensen, who played 17 rounds during his first two seasons with the Utes. Sophomore Nathan Wunderli golfed 15 rounds with a 75.9 stroke average as a rookie, and sophomore Drew Grundberg participated in eight rounds in 2015-16.
Utah welcomes a pair of transfers in sophomore Kyler Dunkle (Colorado State) and junior Clayton Keck (Tyler JC). Dunkle had a team-best 16 rounds of par or better as a freshman at CSU while Keck was two-time NJCAA All-American.
Two instate signees have joined the Utes, including Peyton Hastings (Woods Cross HS) and Mitchell Schow (Park City HS). Hastings earned first-team all-state honors three times and Schow was the 3A state champion on three occasions.
The Utes have also brought in Jordan Costello from Pinedale, Wyo., and Christian James from Las Vegas. Costello was a three-time Wyoming state champion and James won the 2014 Nevada state title.
Garrett Clegg, a former standout golfer for the Utes, was announced at Utah’s head coach on May 3.
A native of Bountiful, Utah, Clegg makes 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 son Brady.
Chance Cain is in his first season as the assistant coach at Utah. He served as a volunteer assistant coach the past two seasons at Texas Tech.
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.