Andy Hess of USU Golf Advances at Utah State Amateur

Andy Hess of USU Golf Advances at Utah State Amateur

LOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, as the Utah State Amateur ensued at the Oakridge Country Club of Farmington, Utah State’s Andy Hess advanced to Thursday’s round of 32 with a win over Zach Jones, 1-up.

Hess, a sophomore-to-be out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is ranked 31st overall and never trailed against the #34 seed Jones.

Hess birdied holes 10, 11 and 12 to go 3-up but gave one back on the 13th hole as he bogeyed, while Jones made par.

Hess parred the 16th hole and Jones made birdie, leaving the Aggie only 1-up after heading into the final two holes of the match.

The two players halved Nos 17 and 18 as Hess held on and advanced.

Hess next faces #63 Jack Sargent who upset second-seeded Cole Ponich, 2 and 1.

After his successful Wednesday, Hess said “I have to control what I can tomorrow and let the results take care of themselves.”

Hess is seeking to become the first Aggie to win the Utah State Amateur since Jason Wight took the crown in 1995 at the Logan Golf & Country Club.

His 5 and 4 victory over John Tagge of Utah commemorated the third straight year an Aggie won this event.