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Ott (-19 under) comes out on top in 60th San Juan Open

Colorado native shoots four-under 67 on Sunday to win by four shots
AJ Ott attempts a 14-foot chip shot at the first green during the third round of the San Juan Open on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at San Juan Country Club golf course. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

FARMINGTON – Winning for the third time in his professional career, AJ Ott secured a win in the 60th edition of the San Juan Open, holding off a late rally by runnerup Jared Sawada to win by four strokes in Sunday’s final round at the San Juan Country Club.

The 26-year-old pro from Colorado shot a four-under 67 on Sunday, winning the tournament with a total score of 265, 19-under par for the event. Ott went into the final round with a five-shot lead over Sawada, who closed a lot of ground on the back nine on Sunday, getting within two shots of the leader heading to the final hole.

Ott, who has professional victories in the 2022 Platte Valley Pro Am Championship in Nebraska as well as a win in last year’s Temecula Shootout in California, earned $15,000 with the victory. He’ll be quickly back on the road headed for a mini-tour event next week in Illinois.

Piedra Vista alumnus Quinn Yost, currently attending the University of Nebraska, finished the event as the top amateur with a score of 277, finishing 7-under par for the event. His score was good enough to finish in the top 10 among all golfers on the course.

Final San Juan Open Leaderboard

AJ OTT -19

JARED SAWADA -15

CHRISTIAN MUSCARELLO -11

JERE PELLETIER -11

JESSE MUELLER -10

JOSH ANDERSON -10

MITCHELL SCHOW -8

DAVIS BRYANT -8

QUINN YOST (A) -7

DEREK FRIBBS -6

SAM SAUNDERS -6

Complete coverage of Sunday’s final round and more from the San Juan Open will be found in Wednesday’s editions of the Tri-City Record.

Saturday recap

AJ Ott will take a five-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the 60th San Juan Open when play begins in the morning at San Juan Country Club.

Ott, a 2021 graduate of Colorado State University, shot a five-under round of 66 on Saturday, and will enter the final round at 15-under par, well ahead of Jared Sawada and Jere Pelletier. The top three are scheduled to tee off Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

San Juan Open Leaderboard (After Third Round)
PlaceGolferRound 1Round 2Round 3TOTAL
1Ott656766 198 (-15)
2Sawada667265203 (-10)
T3Pelletier667465205 (-8)
T3Muscarello657367205 (-8)
5Anderson687266206 (-7)
T6Bryant736965207 (-6)
T6Schow706869207 (-6)

Ott was one of a dozen golfers who had to complete their second round of the tournament on Saturday morning after heavy rains and lightning postponed the end of action on Friday. Ott ended the second round as one of only five golfers who shot under par after Thursday rains and winds left the course a bit weather-beaten.

Ott, who finished his collegiate career as one of the highest-ranked players in CSU history, has racked up a pair of tournament wins since turning professional. Last year, Ott won the Temecula Shootout in California. Prior to that, he was victorious in the 2022 Platte Valley Pro Am Championship in Nebraska.

Defending San Juan Open champion Josh Anderson bounced back into contention on Saturday with a five-under par round. Anderson shot one over par in the second round, leaving him seven shots off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Amateur golfer and Piedra Vista High School alumnus Quinn Yost attempts a 16-foot chip shot at the 14th green during the third round on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at San Juan Country Club golf course. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

Anderson will tee off at 9:18 a.m. Sunday morning, along with Christian Muscarello and Quinn Yost, who has a commanding lead among the amateur golfers at 6-under par after three rounds.

Yost, a Piedra Vista graduate currently attending the University of Nebraska, shot an even par 71 on Saturday and has a 14-shot edge over his amateur rivals heading into the final round.

Jesse Mueller, Mitchell Schow and Davis Bryant are scheduled to tee off their respective final rounds at 9:06 a.m. on Sunday.

Weather halted play on Friday

Heavy rains halted Friday’s second round of the 60th annual San Juan Open Friday at San Juan Country Club, with a dozen golfers on the course.

First round co-leaders AJ Ott and Christian Muscarello were still on the course when rain and thunder stalled Friday’s second-round action. Ott and Muscarello both shot 6-under-par in Thursday’s opening round.

At the time the second round was officially terminated, Jared Sawada and River Smalley shared the lead at 4-under-par. Sawada opened the tournament on Thursday with a 5-under-par outing in the first round, then shot 1-over-par on Friday.

Smalley shot 3-under-par on Friday after opening the tournament with a 1-under-par round on Thursday.

Jimmy Gunn, who won the 2013 San Juan Open, was one shot back of the leading pair when play was halted on Friday. Gunn was one of only four golfers to shoot into the 60s before play was stopped in the second round, finishing Friday’s round at 68.

Jesse Mueller attempts a mid-range chip shot on the 15th green during the opening round of the San Juan Open on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at San Juan Country Club. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

Defending champion Josh Anderson, who opened the tournament shooting 68 on Thursday, took a step back in Friday’s second round by shooting a 1-over-par. Anderson is two shots off the lead with a combined score of 140 after two rounds.

Weather has played a significant role during the first two days of the tournament. In addition to rain halting play on Friday, the after effects of rain and heavy winds on Thursday changed the complexion of the San Juan Country Club golf course for the second round.

Ott, Muscarello and 10 other golfers will be busy on Saturday completing their second round before getting back onto the course for the third round.

Among the amateur players in the tournament, former Piedra Vista High School golfer Quinn Yost, who’s currently playing for the University of Nebraska, tops the leaderboard after two rounds.

Yost, who shot 69 on Thursday, followed that round with a score of 67 and has a commanding edge over Tommy Serrano heading into the weekend.

As a sophomore on the Cornhuskers men’s golf team, Yost is coming off a solid season, earning a pair of top-10 finishes and five top-25 finishes.

For more information, including tee times and updated scores, visit sanjuanopen.org.



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