The Park City High School girls' golf team may not have a star player this year after losing E.J. Elliott to graduation, but this year's squad is a balanced, well-rounded unit.
In the past two weeks, the Miners have proven that, building up a more than 40 stroke lead through three Region 10 tournaments.
Last Thursday, at Uintah's home course, the Miners won by 19 strokes, turning in a dominant performance against foes Uintah, Union, Morgan and Juan Diego.
"We had four girls shoot in the 80s," Park City coach George Murphy said. "For us, that's outstanding. I don't know if we've ever done that."
The impressive thing, Murphy added, was that Abbi Briscoe, one of Park City's top players, was not at the Uintah tournament. She had a conflict with a ski event.
"We haven't had a full team of girls that can shoot that well in a long time," Murphy said. "It's encouraging to see. They went into a tougher place and tougher course out at Uintah and they outplayed Uintah and Juan Diego and Morgan."
Hannah Shluker and Sam Tan paced Park City at Uintah, both shooting 85s for the day. Sarah Marshall (86) and Saylor Rabe (88) were the other two Miners with scores in the 80s.
On April 3, at Union's home course, the Miners were again impressive, winning the match by eight strokes to extend their Region 10 lead.
Shluker and Briscoe were the top scorers for Park City, both notching 86s. Catherine Cunningham (89) and Marshall (91) rounded out the top four Park City scores for the day.
Murphy said he's pleased with the way his team is scoring on tougher courses.
"As far as our region is concerned, through these first few tournaments, our team is pretty deep," he said. "One through eight, they can all score. Some of the other teams have got maybe two or three players who can score."
The loss of Elliott still hurts, Murphy added, but this year's team is just as capable of making a run at a state title, he believes.
"We miss E.J. from last year," he said. "She was one of our main players the last four years. But we've had some girls step up. They got motivated in the offseason over last summer. They got together and played more golf together."
Still, though, there's work to be done in the remaining two region matches.
"They're working on their short game chipping and putting," Murphy said. "That's what's going to be the difference maker at state."
The Miners will need to make sure they don't leave any strokes out on the course at state, especially with a tough Desert Hills team lurking.
"They've got four or five players that can post scores in the 70s," Murphy said. "But we're determined and optimistic. The girls are a lot more excited this year about the state tournament."
Park City will be back in action on Monday, April 21, at Morgan's home course. The Miners will host the final Region 10 tournament on Thursday, April 24.