PCHS girls dominate Region 10 golf
May 9, 2014
It was another year and another Region 10 championship for the Park City High School girls’ golf team.
At the region meet in Midway at the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, Park City won by 14 strokes, extending its season lead to 71 strokes over second-place Uintah. Morgan (third), Juan Diego (fourth) and Union (fifth) rounded out the Region 10 standings.
Individually, the Miners pulled off an impressive region season, placing seven players in the top 14.
Justine O’Connell of Juan Diego won the title, three strokes ahead of Uintah’s Nicole Begay. Park City’s Abbi Briscoe finished third, Hanna Shluker was fifth overall, Sarah Marshall was sixth, Saylor Rabe placed eighth and Catherine Cunningham finished ninth to conclude the five Miners in the top 10. Sam Tan came in 12th and Maggie Hale finished 14th to finish up the impressive Park City region dominance.
Park City coach George Murphy was thrilled with the way the Miners played all season long.
"Finishing first [in region] was a huge step for our team," he said. "We haven’t had those results for a few years."
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Now the Miners are preparing for the state tournament, which will be held Thursday at Mountain View Golf Course in West Jordan.
"We’re heading down to the state site tomorrow and all next week to make sure the girls are comfortable with it," Murphy said. "It probably benefits us a little bit because there’s not a lot of trouble on the course. There aren’t a lot of trees or anything."
If conditions are favorable, Murphy added, Park City is capable of competing with any team in the state.
"If we’ve got a course that’s not as tight or narrow, our girls have a better chance of scoring and shooting lower, which they’re very capable of doing," he said. "Most of these girls are capable of shooting in the low 80s or high 70s. If they manage the course well and keep the ball in the fairway, they’re going to have a good day."
That being said, Murphy is still worried about some of the teams from southern Utah, notably defending champions Desert Hills.
"They’ve won the title the last three or four years," he said. "I’m sure they’re stacked again."
But, he added, this year’s Park City squad is more balanced than in years past.
"We’re a lot better this year," he said. "We’ve got more depth and these girls are looking forward to the state tournament this year. Anything can happen. Desert Hills is capable of having a bad day, too."