The Utes will feature a tested team in 2021 after having their previous year cut short.
Senior Mitchell Schow finished in the top 50 in all seven events a year ago. He averaged a team-best and career-best 71.6 strokes per round and carded 13 rounds of par or better. Junior Tristan Mandur averaged 72.1 strokes per round for third-best on the team and recorded 11 rounds of par or better.
Junior Blake Tomlinson was fourth on the team a year ago averaging 72.3 strokes over 18 rounds. As rookie in 2018, Tomlinson made the All-Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and competed in the NCAA Stockton Regional, becoming first Utah player to do so since 2007. His 71.5 average that year ranks third-lowest all-time in school history.
Redshirt sophomore Colton Tanner competed in two events in 2020, averaging 73.8 strokes per round. Sophomore Axel Einarsson tied for 21st overall while shooting 2-over at the Bandon Dunes Championship and averaged 75.5 strokes per round last spring.
Redshirt freshman Jesper Von Reedtz, competed in six events and averaged 73.8 strokes with six rounds of par or better in 2020. The Sweden native's season-best finish came at the Bandon Dunes Championship, tying for seventh overall while shooting 1-under. Freshman Javier Barcos, who hails from Spain, competed in four events with 74.3 strokes per round average in 2020.
Garrett Clegg is in his fifth season as the head golf coach of the Utes' golf program in 2020-21. Clegg's teams have finished in the top three at tournaments 11 times, while Utah's scores at the Pac-12 Championship have consistently improved under Clegg. The Utes tied for fifth place in 2019 for their best finish since joining the league.
In just the second tournament of the fall in 2019, the Utes shattered the school record for lowest 54-hole team score at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, shooting 15-under as a group. In recent years, the Utes have recorded event wins at the 2017 Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational, 2018 Showdown in the Rockies and 2019 Bandon Dunes Championship.
As individuals in 2019-20, Utah's top-four golfers all earned spots in the top 10 of the Utah record books for single-season lowest scoring average. Seven of the top 10 spots in Utah's single-season lowest scoring average were coached by Clegg.
Kyler Dunkle became the first Utah golfer since 2006 to reach the NCAA Championship in 2019, finishing tied for 28th for the highest NCAA finish for a Utah golfer in modern history. He finished second at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships for Utah's best individual finish ever at the event and was named second-team All-Pac-12, the first Ute golfer to be named to the team. Dunkle also earned all-region honors. He set the Utah record with three tournament victories over his three seasons (2016-19).
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 fifth season as the assistant coach for the Utah men’s golf program in 2020-21 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 the fall of 2019, the Utes shattered the school record for lowest 54-hole team score at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, shooting 15-under as a group.
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.