Aug. 4, 2004
OGDEN, Utah -
Dustin Pimm and Dan Smith, a pair of freshmen golfers headed to the University of Utah this fall, qualified on Monday for the U.S. Amateur at the Ogden Golf and Country Club.
Pimm led wire to wire with the two best rounds of the day. His 9-under 131 over 36 holes was good enough to beat Smith by four strokes. Pimm signed with the Utes in November, while Smith did so just four days ago.
Pimm, of Draper, Utah, shot a 4-under 66 in the morning round, then bettered it by one with a 65 in an afternoon that saw official-in-charge Keith Hansen suspend play at 3:57 p.m. because of lightning strikes and increasing winds. The golfers waited out the rains that rolled in soon after they left the course, then went back out at 5:19 to a course that quickly warmed up in late afternoon sunlight.
The next closest golfers were Lynn Lloyd and Robert McRae at 2-under 138.
The U.S. Amateur will be held August 16-22 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.
Pimm said he wasn't really expecting to win Monday when he showed up at the club. Getting the lead and holding on to it was sweeter, though, considering how he fared in last year's tournament.
"I played well in the first round and then blew it in the second round, so I guess it's just kind of redemption this year."
Both Pimm and Smith said the competition in Utah is great, so they were happy to be representing the state in New York. They said they felt confident that if they could do well here, they'd be OK on a larger scale.
"I've wanted to play in this tournament my whole life," he said. Smith credited his caddy, brother Ryan Smith, and his home-field advantage for the way he played Monday.
Smith went to high school at Bonneville for three years before moving and winning the state championship his senior year at Sky View.
"I play here almost every day in the summer," he said. "I know how to score here. I know where to hit the ball, I know where to miss to still make pars. I just know everything about the course, so I felt like I had a huge advantage over everyone coming in."