The Park City High School boys' golf team, in search of its seventh-straight state title this season, got off to a hot start to the 2014 season on Wednesday and Thursday.
Playing in Region 10 matches on Wednesday in Roosevelt (hosted by Union) and in Vernal (hosted by Uintah) on Thursday, the Miners already have a 25-stroke lead over Uintah in the Region 10 standings.
On Wednesday, the Miners totaled a team score of 299 to Uintah's 313 and, on Thursday, topped the Utes 303 to 314.
Junior Mitchell Schow, the defending 3A individual state champion, led the way for Park City both days, carding a 3-under 69 on Wednesday and an 8-under 64 on Thursday.
"It's nuts," Park City coach George Murphy said of Schow's low scores. "He's off to a great start and he had a great summer. He's really the rock for our team right now."
The back-to-back, early-season matches are a little unusual for the Miners, but Murphy said, since Park City is playing a couple of tournaments later in the season, they wanted to get some Region 10 matches done early.
"We're just trying to get a bunch out of the way before school starts so they don't miss as much school," he said.
This year, after running away with Region 10 in previous years, Murphy thinks the Miners will face a little bit of pressure.
"They're going to keep pushing us," Murphy said of second-place Uintah. "They had a good chance out there at their home course. They've got a couple kids who can put good scores together.
"We're just trying to keep sharp throughout the season. I want that for our players to have Uintah play well and keep the pressure on us. It's so much better for us than going through region play where it's not even a question [of who would win]."
But, with Drew Fleming and Jalen Roberts shooting consistently to help out Schow, Murphy is confident that this year's team can repeat as region champs.
"Drew and Jalen and Mitch, all three of them have been on the state team the last three years and posted scores for us," he said. "We're looking for those three to do the same thing this year. What we're doing is looking for that fourth scorer. We've had a lot of good scores and right now it's kind of a toss-up we've got a bunch of kids shooting 81s and 82s."
Heading into the rest of the season, Murphy said Schow will continue to be the rock for the Miners as the rest of the team takes shape behind him. He added that the sky is the limit for what Schow can do, especially after Thursday's 64.
"Even he admits he left two or three strokes out there," he said. "That could have been crazy low. But he's excited and he's pumped about his game right now. That's a big deal to shoot eight-under at a high school tournament."
The next match for the PCHS boys' golf team is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11, at Morgan. The Miners will host a match at Park Meadows on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday at Union
Mitchell Schow 69
Jalen Roberts 75
Drew Fleming 75
Josh Lansky 80
Collin Lambert 80
Tommy Halsey 81
Jack Hanskat 86
Jake Kasel 86
Thursday at Uintah
Mitchell Schow 64
Drew Fleming 77
Josh Lansky 81
Jake Overson 81
Tommy Halsey 82
Collin Lambert 87