It was a nice weekend for Ogden resident Zac Blair. Having come off of his first U.S. Open golf tournament a few weeks ago, Blair needed a good few rounds of golf to springboard him into the upcoming Utah Championship in Salt Lake City--and hopefully into the PGA Tour.
He got a good head start this weekend at the Nova Scotia Open in Halifax, Canada after finishing in 7th place overall on Sunday, July 6. The former BYU golf star had trouble initially navigating a rain-pelted and absolutely soaked Ashburn Golf Course in the first round, shooting a very average 72 over his first 18 holes.
In the second round, though, Blair played steady golf throughout, hitting for par on every hole on the front nine before knocking in three birdies on the back nine--his only slip-up coming on the 18th hole that he bogeyed.
The third round is where Blair played his best golf at the Nova Scotia Open. He birdied six of the 18 holes he played. Were it not for two bogeys on the 5th and 16th holes he may have been in contention for the win going into Sunday’s final round. That said, he finished his third round with a 67--his best score of this tournament.
On Sunday, and with a chance to break into big money, Blair started out well, hitting a birdie on his first hole and shooting for par on No. 2. Holes three through six, however, were anything but. He bogeyed on three of his next four holes to eventually finish his front nine with a 36. He had a better back nine, hitting three birdies--including two on his last two holes of the tournament--to finish with a final-round 70.
Canadian Roger Sloan--who in several ways resembled Kid Rock with the long hair and glasses--won the tournament and collected a nice $117,000 paycheck.
In all, it was a nice weekend for the Ogden resident Blair who now goes into the Utah Championship at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah this week with some serious momentum, $18,000 more in his wallet and a home-course advantage.
Lehi resident Tony Finau also played in the Nova Scotia Open over the weekend, finished in 17th and collected just over $9,000 for his efforts as he too prepares to go back home.