PCHS golfers extend region lead
Ryan Summerlin September 2, 2014
After traveling around the state for much of the early season including trips to St. George, Roosevelt, Morgan, Vernal and Midway the Park City High School boys’ golf team finally got to play a home match on Thursday.
Playing at Park Meadows, the Miners kept their Region 10 hot streak going, turning in a team score of 296 to defeat second-place Uintah and Union by 41 strokes. Uintah and Union finished with scores of 337, Morgan finished fourth with a 338 and Juan Diego finished in fifth place.
Mitchell Schow again paced the Miners with a score of 70, two strokes under par. Drew Fleming finished with an even-par 72 and Collin Steele and Jack Hanskat each shot a 77 to round out Park City’s top four.
After a month of nearly constant rain, Park City coach George Murphy said he couldn’t have been happier with the conditions the Miners on Thursday.
"Course conditions were awesome," he said Thursday. "We got the best weather day in the last month. It couldn’t have been more perfect today and there was no wind."
The well-maintained Park Meadows greens made for an extra challenge for golfers from all five teams, Murphy said.
"This course is different than any other course we play in region because the greens are rolling really fast," he said. "That was a big problem for all the teams out there getting used to the green speed. That benefited us to have a few practice rounds here this week."
Fleming, who has been around par for the past few tournaments, said his round had a few ups and downs on Thursday.
"It was all right I played pretty well," he said. "It could have been better. I was three-under after 12 holes, then I went triple [bogey], double [bogey]. But then I came back with an eagle and was about an inch away from an albatross.
"I shot a 73 here last year, which was good, but I beat myself here today."
Next up for the Miners is a trip to Arizona this weekend, where they’ll play in a tournament that features state champion teams from various states across the West. Murphy said his team is ready for the challenge.
"It’s a tough course and it’s longer than what we usually play," he said. "But we’ve got a lot of kids who can hit deep, so I don’t think that’ll be a problem. It’s just we’re hoping that a tournament like that gives them confidence heading into state. We’re excited for it."
"It’s a good time," Fleming added. "It’s a lot more than just golf it’s a good bonding time. It’s definitely fun."
Fleming added that the Miners also plan to play the state tournament course in St. George a few more times before the tournament, trying to gain even more confidence.
"We’re going down there a couple more times beforehand," he said. "The weather is going to be hot. Our hands will get sweaty, which we’re not as used to up here. But it won’t snow, which will be nice."
The Miners have another home Region 10 match on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Park City Golf Course. That match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Thursday at Park Meadows
Mitchell Schow 70
Drew Fleming 72
Collin Steele 77
Jack Hanskat 77
Jalen Roberts 78
Tommy Halsey 80
Collin Lambert 86
Josh Lansky 87