BOUNTIFUL – Fifty-nine.
It’s a magic number all golfers want to achieve, and very few have had a chance to do so.
Last week during a round with two of his friends, Rich Davis, a former Bountiful High School golfer, shot the magic number of 59 for 18 holes at the Par 71 course.
It beat the previous course record by three strokes and bested Davis’s own score at the course by seven strokes.
The magic number also earned him a spot at the Utah State Amateur Tournament, being held in early July.
“I still work at Bountiful Ridge so I could probably play the course with my eyes closed,” Davis said before teeing off for a round Monday afternoon. “I’ve played that course so many times too. Being on the Bountiful (High) golf team and working there really helped me get familiar with the course.”
His round included eight pars, a pair of eagles and eight birdies; however, it could have been much lower.
An eagle putt on 18, his last hole of the day, lipped out before Davis tapped in the birdie putt.
His friends at that point told him he shot 59, leading to the celebration on the course.
“I honestly didn’t know I had it until I tapped in my birdie (putt),” said Davis. “I actually thought the eagle putt on 18 was for the 59, so when I missed it I just tapped it in and didn’t think anything of it.”
He readily admitted he didn’t pay attention to his score, especially after shooting a six-under 29 through the first nine holes.
His hole-by-hole results, posted on the Utah Golf Association’s website, showed Davis starting the round with an eagle on No. 1.
Davis started the back nine the same way he started the front, with an eagle thanks to a fortunate bounce that went right into the hole.
Three holes later he had a chance for an eagle on 13, but two-putted for a birdie.
A birdie on 14 and 16 had him lined up for the 18th hole and the 59.
The eagle putt he thought he needed was a little tough, he said, and it just slid by the hole and a few inches passed.
“It was a little down, right to left slider,” he said of the putt for eagle. “It was a tough putt and I barely missed it.”
All-in-all he shot six-under both on the front and the back.
The bogey-free round is now the new course record, although Davis won’t be doing much golfing after competing in the Utah State Amateur, he said.
“I was accepted to go to the business school at Utah State and I’m actually leaving on a (LDS) mission in a month,” said Davis. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to play (at USU) when I get back.”
The 2014 Utah State Amateur Tournament will be played at Ogden Golf and Country Club starting the week of July 7.