Led by a second-place finish from Kyler Dunkle, Utah tied for fifth place at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships. It marked the highest team and individual finishes for the Utes during the Pac-12 era.
Dunkle capped off his stellar career by becoming the first Ute golfer in the modern era to earn All-America honors. He was named to the 2019 Division I PING All-America team as an honorable mention selection. Dunkle was also the first Ute since 2006 to compete at the NCAA Championships, where he tied for 28th. The Larkspur, Colo., native became Utah’s inaugural member of the All-Pac-12 team as a second-team selection. He finished the season with a school-record tying 71.2 scoring average, two tournament wins and six top-10 finishes, including NCAA Regionals, where he tied for sixth.
Rising junior Tristan Mandur also had a great showing at the Pac-12 Championships, tying for 16th. It was Mansur’s fourth top-20 finish of the season. Three other Utes finished at the top 50. Rising junior Blake Tomlinson and rising senior Mitchell Schow tied for 43rd, while Axel Einarsson capped his freshman season with a tie for 46th.
Rising senior Jordan Costello was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team for the second-straight year. Costello finished in the top 25 four times during the year and tied for 63rd at the Pac-12 Championships. The Pinedale, Wyo., native was named the 2018 Wyoming State Golf Association Player of the Year.
Garrett Clegg, a former standout golfer for the Utes, is in his fourth season as Utah’s head coach. Under Clegg, Utah has had some of its best results in recent history, including its first event win since 2009 and its first golfer to compete in the NCAA Championships since 2006.
Clegg’s teams have finished in the top three 10 times, including event wins at the 2017 Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational, 2018 Showdown in the Rockies and 2019 Bandon Dunes Championship. Utah’s scores at the Pac-12 Championship have consistently improved under Clegg, as well. The Utes tied for fifth in 2019 for their best finish since joining the league.
Kyler Dunkle became the first Utah golfer of the modern era to earn All-America honors in 2019. He was also the first Ute in 13 years to reach the NCAA Championships, tying for 28th to record the highest NCAA finish by a Utah golfer in recent years. Dunkle accounted for two other firsts by finishing second at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships for Utah’s best individual finish at the event and by earning All-Pac-12 honors as a member of the second team.
Dunkle and Blake Tomlinson have recorded three of the four lowest single-season scoring averages in Utah history under Clegg. Dunkle tied the school record with a 71.2 average in 2018-19, the lowest single-season scoring average by a Utah player since the 2006-07 season. Tomlinson earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors in 2018, becoming the first Ute to be named to any Pac-12 squad. He became Utah's first NCAA Regional qualifier since 2007 that year and finished tied for ninth at the Stockton Regional.
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 Pac-12 Championships under Clegg.
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 at the conference championship in 2003.
Clegg is tied for fourth all-time with five, top-10 finishes in a season and his eight-career top-10 finishes is tied for fourth in school history. He is also one of just eight Utah golfers to qualify for a NCAA Regional Championship. Clegg tied for 81st-place at the 2004 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 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 enters his fourth season as the assistant coach for the Utah golf program after previously working as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech.
Utah has had some of its best seasons in recent history with Cain onboard. After not winning a team event dating back to 2009, Utah has won three times since the fall of 2017. Utah tied for fifth in at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships for its best finish since joining the league.
In 2019, Utah had a golfer return to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2006 with Kyler Dunkle tying for 28th, which is the highest NCAA finish for a Utah golfer in modern history. Utah has had an NCAA Regional qualifier the past two seasons with Blake Tomlinson competing in 2018.
Over two seasons at Texas Tech, Cain assisted in weekly practices and tournament qualifying, while also coaching players through their rounds at different events. He was a part of the 2013 Red Raider squad that competed at the NCAA Tournament where they finished in 14th-place overall – the program’s third-best finish in school history. The following season, Texas Tech finished second at the 2014 Big 12 Championships.
A native of Big Spring, Texas, Cain played at Midland College from 2006-08 and was part of the 2008 NJCAA National Championship team. Cain then went on to earn his bachelor's degree in general business at Texas Tech and later earned his master's degree in sports management.
Cain is the son of Tim and Mary Cain. He has one sister, Bridget Triepke. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.
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.
The Utah golf program will move into its new state-of-the-art David S. Layton Golf Academy this fall. The 7,000-square foot facility will be located across the street from the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center on Guardsman Way.
The facility will include an indoor putting green stretching 4,000-square feet with the Putt View System installed over the green, giving the Utes the latest in player development technology.
There will be two hitting bays containing accurate launch monitors that will help the athletes develop their swings year round. Gears Sports will provide 3D motion capture technology in one of the hitting bays to give the Utes the top swing analysis and club fitting software available.
Top of the line locker rooms and player lounges will also be included, rounding out what is set to be one of the premier golf facilities in the Pac-12 Conference.