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From the sidelines: The magic number
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Shane Gillet
Shane Gillet

In golf, everyone knows what the magic number is.

No matter what the overall par is for 18 holes, 59 has been a number done by very few and witnessed by only a few others.

Former Bountiful High School and Dixie State golfer Rich Davis accomplished the feat last week after we went to press, and when I initially got the email from his mother about the score, I had to double-check my glasses to make sure there weren’t any smudge marks.

As plain as day, she wrote about Rich shooting 59 at Bountiful Ridge in a men’s league with a bogey-free round.

I waited and waited to get proof of the course record score when the Utah Golf Association’s website did a brief hole-by-hole breakdown of his round for the day: eagles on No. 1 and 10 and four birdies each on the front and back nine.

Add it all up, subtract from Bountiful Ridge’s 71 (overall par for the course): again, 59.


I couldn’t wait to call Rich for an interview. When I reached him I sounded like a fumbling, bumbling geek trying to ask a superstar athlete for an autograph.

But how many times in a career do you get to write about someone shooting a 59? 

Rich was more than gracious Рand patientР in his answers, even though I rambled on about how awesome it is to ask questions about shooting the score rather than actually asking the questions themselves.

When I finally calmed down enough to spill out a few, his most repeated answer was he simply wanted to take the course one shot at a time rather than thinking about the big picture at the end of the road.

I had the same thing happen to me twice in bowling.

I was heavily involved in the sport through my college years. I practiced three days a week, bowled in three leagues and got to the point where I knew once the ball came off my hand if it was going to hit the pocket or not.

Golfing is an entirely different matter. My best shot remains when I hit a drive to the green of a 380-yard Par 4 at a course in Salt Lake City.

I three-putted for a par.

My best 18-hole round to date is a 96, which I shot at the Par 69 Glacier View Golf Course in Montana.

Terrible, right? But I keep coming back for more.

Rich’s 59 is an amazing feat, there’s no doubt about it. 

I congratulate him for the score, and so should you. If you see him roaming around Bountiful Ridge, either playing or keeping the grounds clean, buy him a drink of his choice and shake his hand.

It may be the only time you’ll see a golfer so young shoot such an amazing score.

Good luck at the Utah State Amateur Rich. I’ll be rooting for you.

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