CHEYENNE – Joshua Creel – a 2008 Cheyenne Central graduate – placed second in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship after a sudden-death playoff Sunday evening.
Creel and Kristoffer Ventura both finished at 14-under-par after 72 holes. They placed Hole No. 18 twice during the playoff, recording par both times. Ventura scored another par on Hole No. 10, while Creel bogeyed.
On the 10th, where Creel’s drive was in the rough behind a tree, forcing him to lay up. He hit his third to 15 feet and his par putt caught the left. Ventura hit from the right rough to just short of the green and chipped to 2 feet.
The 29-year-old Creel shot a 4-under 67 during Sunday’s final round at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah. He posted five birdies and just one bogey. Four of those birdies came on his final nine holes.
The runner-up effort is Creel’s best finish this season. It also is his second top-10 effort. He is now No. 27 on the points list, and has earned a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
“I’m a little disappointed, but I’ll take the positives from this week,” Creel told the Korn Ferry tour’s website. “I think I locked up at least getting into the Finals, so that’s good. I’ve got a job for next year. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully my time comes.”
Creel also earned more than $78,000 with his runner-up finish.