The hectic start to the Park City High School boys' golf team's season continued this week, with three more matches being played.
Monday, the Miners were at Morgan before heading down to St. George on Wednesday and Thursday for two more Region 10 tournaments on the course that will host the state championship tournament this season.
Park City entered the St. George tournaments with a big lead over second-place Uintah. But, while the lead was sizable, it wasn't what head coach George Murphy had come to expect during a streak of six-straight 3A state titles.
After Thursday's round, the Miners are right back to where they usually find themselves after a few Region 10 tournaments atop the standings with a nearly insurmountable lead.
"We went from a 50-stroke lead to a 113- or 114-stroke lead after those two tournaments," Murphy said. "So we more than doubled it. It's pretty comfortable right now for the region lead."
Junior Mitchell Schow again led the way for Park City. On Monday, he carded a two-under 70. In St. George, he posted back-to-back 75s (+3) to lead the Miners.
Senior captain Jalen Roberts has been right on Schow's heels, though, carding a 72 at Morgan, a 77 on Wednesday and a 75 to tie Schow on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the entire Park City squad was in excellent form. Behind Schow and Roberts, the Miners turned in the top five scores in the 30-player tournament. Collin Steele shot a 78, Jack Hanskat recorded a 79 and Drew Fleming rounded out the top five with an 80.
But, though the Miners had a strong couple days in St. George, Murphy knows there's still work to do to catch up with some of the southern Utah teams.
"It's not just Desert Hills," he said. "I think Dixie might be good, too. Dixie, I think, shot 300 on that course. We shot a 309 and a 310 as a team. That's a nine- or 10-stroke difference from where we are, so our kids know we have some work to do."
Murphy was glad Park City got a chance to play the course that will host the state championship. Familiarity will help later in the season, he said.
"For quite a few of the guys, it was their first time playing the course," he said. "That course knowledge will help out a lot. Having them get to know the course with the two-day tournament down here was good for them."
He added that the Miners are hoping to play the course a couple more times before the state tournament.
"They want to get down here as much as they can," he said. "We'll probably come play it a couple weekends in September. A couple of those guys have got some confidence with that course now and want to go back and play."
Now the Miners will have a little break from the hectic early-season schedule. As the school year begins, Park City will hang around Summit and Wasatch counties for a while.
"We kind of slow it down a little bit now," Murphy said. "Next Thursday, we're back at Soldier Hollow and then we're at Park Meadows and Park City [Golf Course] in the two weeks after that. It'll be nice to be home."
Monday at Morgan
Mitchell Schow 70
Jalen Roberts 72
Collin Steele 73
Jack Hanskat 78
Drew Fleming 80
Tommy Halsey 80
Josh Lansky 80
Jake Overson 85
Wednesday at St. George
Mitchell Schow 75
Jalen Roberts 77
Collin Steele 78
Jack Hanskat 79
Drew Fleming 80
Josh Lansky 87
Thursday at St. George
Mitchell Schow 75
Jalen Roberts 75
Collin Steele 76
Jack Hanskat 84
Drew Fleming 85
Josh Lansky 91