PCHS girls’ golf team runs away with region title
May 5, 2015
In the last Region 10 match before next week’s 3A state tournament, the Park City High School girls’ golf team continued its dominance at Soldier Hollow.
Thursday’s match saw the Miners win by 19 strokes as a team. Meanwhile, Sarah Marshall put her stamp on the individual standings, winning the Region 10 medal by two strokes.
"I’m really happy for Sarah and I’m proud of her," Park City Coach George Murphy said. "She deserves it. She played well last week at Park City, the toughest course we’ve played this season, and she’s been playing well lately. Her swing is looking good."
Hanna Shluker finished third in region play. Sam Tan finished fourth, Saylor Rabe fifth, Rachel Frain eighth, Tai Miller 11th and Katie Turnlund 13th.
For Thursday’s round, Marshall paced the Miners by shooting an 83. Shluker (87), Rabe (88) and Tan (89) rounded out the top four for Park City.
With the pressure of a Region 10 title weighing on her, Marshall said getting off to a good start by shooting a 39 on the front nine eased the tension.
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"I was a little nervous going into today," she said. "But after starting out fairly well, it was a lot of fun to play with my group and my team. It helped a lot. My putting had been off the past couple days and it was nice to see some putts finally go in."
Several of the Miners struggled more on the back nine than they did on the front at Soldier Hollow. Murphy said that might have been the pressure of navigating the tight Region 10 standings throughout the day.
"We had some really solid practice rounds this week," he said. "But they just struggled and it seemed to be more on the back side. They just maybe got a little tight and put a little too much pressure on their short games. Some of their chips just turned into chunks. It’s good for them to experience that, though. They put pressure on themselves because they’re so close to each other and they’re trying to fight for spots in region. They’re tougher on themselves than anybody else."
Park City’s next match is the 3A state tournament, which is scheduled for May 13-14 in St. George.
Murphy said the team will try to play a couple practice rounds on the state course before the tournament begins. He reiterated a theme from this season that the short game will be the difference between winning and losing at state.
"That next level for these girls is the short game," he said. "It’s the same for the boys, too. The team that’s going to pull through at state is going to be the sharpest 100 yards and in. We’ll get out and do some practice rounds, but a big part of it is just confidence."
"With a little practice, I think I can shoot low numbers," Marshall added. "I’d like to shoot low-80s or high-70s there. It’s a fairly open course and it’s easy to shoot low numbers there."
Thursday at Soldier Hollow
Sarah Marshall — 83
Hanna Shluker — 87
Saylor Rabe — 88
Sam Tan — 89
Rachel Frain — 93
Tai Miller — 93
Katie Turnlund — 102
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