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PCHS golfers double region lead

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.

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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

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