Local Sports: Two top gymnasts verbally commit to sign with Utes

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The University of Utah gymnastics program has picked up two verbal commitments, Kristina Baskett of Puget Sound Gymnastics in Puyallup, Wash., and Nina Kim of World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas.

Both are considered two of the top recruits in the nation. Oral commitments are nonbinding, and the two cannot sign until November. Utah coach Greg Marsden cannot comment on recruits until they have signed letters of intent.

Baskett chose the Utes over other top programs such as UCLA because of Utah's tradition and fan support, according to her coach, Brad Loan.

"She likes to be a showboat on the floor, and having 10,000 screaming fans made a difference," he said.


Award winners: Rose Park Golf Course's Steve Elliott was named the Utah Section PGA's professional of the year.

Elliott, the section's president, has helped develop The First Tee of Salt Lake City's program to introduce youngsters to golf.

Other 2004 section award winners include Michael Marion of Promontory Golf Club, teacher of the year; Colby Cowan of Coral Canyon GC, Horton Smith Award for education; Jon Unger of Callaway, John Wallace Award for salesman of the year; Chris Newson of Soldier Hollow GC, Bill Strasbaugh Award for club relations; John Pearson of Murray Parkway GC, assistant pro of the year; Kirk Abegglen of Golf City, junior golf leader; Chris Rudi of Hidden Valley Country Club, merchandiser of the year (private); Jeff Jerman and Kent McComb of Bountiful Ridge GC, co-merchandisers of the year (public); Sonny Braun of Hobble Creek GC, "Gentleman Jeff" Award; J.D. Donnelly of Special Olympics Utah, Bill Howard Golf Citizen of the year; Larry Emery of Hidden Valley CC, superintendent of the year (private); and Glenn Evans of Coral Canyon GC, superintendent of the year (public).

Fall rates: Bountiful Ridge Golf Course (298-6040) and Eaglewood GC in North Salt Lake (299-0088) are offering discounted greens fees. Call for details.

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