Former Utah Jazz star Kyle Korver is just one of many Utah sports
celebrities that have played in the Utah Open.
Jazz Up the Field
Greg Ostertag, a 7-foot- 2 center, is remembered as one of the most
inconsistent players ever to compete in Utah. Yes, he was that way in
Ostertag became the first Utah Jazz player to compete in the Utah
Open, joining the field via special exemption at Alpine Country Club.
He had his moments, shooting a respectable 38 on the front nine in
the opening round, only to post an 84 for the day. In the second round,
he also produced several good holes, but made an 11 on a par- 4.
In the Utah Open’s Oakridge era, former Jazz players Kyle Korver and
Deron Williams competed, with less volatility but ultimately about the
same results as Ostertag. They definitely helped drive interest in the
tournament, even if not all of the folks who followed them were not
golf fans and some had to be reminded not to ask for autographs
during the round.
It was fun, in any case, and having a BYU-connected celebrity in the
field is something organizers might want to think abut when the Utah
Open moves to Riverside Country Club.