SALT LAKE – Former Dixie High and Dixie State College golfer Christian Jensen lost in the match play finals of the Utah State Amateur golf championship Sunday 3 and 2 to Jon Wright. Wright, a 41-year old who played for University of Utah nearly two decades ago, held off Jensen in the 36-hole final.
Wright beat current BYU star Zac Blair in the semifinals 2 and 1, while Jensen beat current University of Utah golfer Joe Weber 2 and 1 in the semifinals to set up Sunday’s final.
The finale went back and forth with Wright winning the first hole but Jensen bouncing back to win the next three holes to take an early 2 up lead in the 36-hole contest.
Wright won the fifth hole before the first halved hole of the day, hole six. Jensen regained his 2 up advantage on the seventh hole but it was quickly taken away on the eight after Wright won the eight hole.
Jensen kept his 1 up lead after the first nine holes but the match quickly went all-square after Wright won the 11th. Jensen came back, winning the 12th hole, but lost the next two holes and Jensen found himself down in the match for the first time all day. Jensen won the 16th and 18th hole but lost the 17th and the match was all-square after the opening 18 holes.
The two halved the first seven holes of the second round before Wright won the next two holes, holes 26 and 27. Wright took a commanding 3 up lead after the 29th hole and led 3 up with seven holes to play.
Jensen won the 30th hole but lost the 31st hole to go back 3 down. Jensen won hole 33 to cut Wright’s lead to 2 up with three to play but it would be for not.
Wright won the 34th hole and won the match 3 and 2.
Jensen started off the state amateur by qualifying as the 24th seed. Jensen won his first round match 5 and 4 over the ninth seed Cole Ogden. In the second round Jensen beat current Dixie State College star Kevin Chappell 1 up to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Jensen beat the 32nd overall seed Christopher Grant 3 and 2 to face off against Webber in the semifinals.
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