Friday , June 15, 2018 - 3:58 PM
Jayce Frampton checks the green before putting during the Utah State Amateur golf tournament at the Oakridge Country Club in Farmington on Friday, June 15, 2018.
FARMINGTON — Jayce Frampton had the putt he wanted, about 15 feet uphill with a slight break to the left.
Except it didn’t break, and his sparkling run at this week’s Utah State Amateur Championship came to an end, losing to 15-year-old Preston Summerhays (1-up).
But not before he went all the way to a Friday afternoon semifinal match — one that reached the final hole with the result in the balance as Kyler Dunkle, who had already won the other semifinal, watched to see who he would play for the title.
“This definitely exceeded expectations for myself, so I’m pretty happy to have made it as far as I did,” Frampton said.
From earlier, Jayce Frampton's run in the State Am ends when his birdie putt falls short. Preston Summerhays vs. Kyler Dunkle in tomorrow's final pic.twitter.com/SQfGfyx1E1— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) June 15, 2018
In the end, it was a second shot that did him in, one that landed about a yard shorter than where he needed it.
In an all-square match on the 16th hole, Summerhays hit a hybrid on his second shot and found the green for a look at eagle. Frampton hit a 7-iron into the water on the right side that went over the pond, but didn’t go far enough over and rolled back into the water.
Frampton played his high school golf at Viewmont High and then went to Dixie State in St. George, where he has spent the past two seasons. He told the Standard-Examiner after his semifinal match that he’s transferring to Weber State to play golf this fall.
“I’m from here, I wanted to move back closer to home. Weber’s a great school, Scott Erling’s a great coach, it’s a really good fit for me,” Frampton said.
He and Summerhays were never separated by more than one shot in what Summerhays described as an intense match Friday. Frampton ended up shooting a 1-over 73, while Summerhays was 2-under when the match ended.
If the Summerhays name is familiar, it should be. Bruce Summerhays won the State Am back in 1966.
Daniel Summerhays, Preston’s uncle and a PGA Tour professional, was in attendance throughout Friday’s match.
Daniel won this tournament back-to-back times in 2000 as a 16-year-old, also at Oakridge CC, and in 2001 when he was 17.
He’s believed to be one of, if not the youngest, player to ever win the State Am. Preston, an incoming 15-year-old sophomore at Chaparral High in Phoenix, would insert himself right in that conversation if he wins Saturday.
“It’s super exciting to be in mix, just to have a chance to win. It’s really fun,” Preston Summerhays said.
Earlier Friday in quarterfinal matches, Summerhays beat Layton resident and Utah State golfer Andy Hess. Frampton took down 2008 State Am champion Dan Horner.
Summerhays will take on University of Utah golfer Kyler Dunkle in the 36-hole championship match beginning at 7:30 a.m. Dunkle upset Utes teammate Blake Tomlinson 3 and 1 in their semifinal.