PCHS golfers second in 3A
May 19, 2015
After taking third at the 3A state tournament last year, the Park City High School girls’ golf team went into last week’s state match with high expectations.
Following day one of the two-day tournament in St. George, the Miners found themselves trailing Desert Hills by nine strokes. Though that was good enough for second place, the Miners wanted to do more on the second day of the tournament.
That’s just what they did, winning the second day by three strokes. However, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback against Desert Hills and Park City finished in second place, six strokes back of the champions and 38 strokes ahead of third-place Pine View.
Though the Miners didn’t win like they wanted to, Park City Coach George Murphy said he was very happy with the way the team played.
"It’s a great result," he said. "The girls were not quite where they wanted to be, but we had a great chance to win it. They played their best and shot their best two rounds of the year."
Leading the way for Park City was sophomore Saylor Rabe, who shot an 80 on the first day and an 82 on day two.
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"She finished seventh overall," Murphy said. "She played really well. She got placed with the top two girls in the state on the second day and she went head-to-head with them and held her own. She wasn’t intimidated and she played her game."
Right behind Rabe was junior Sarah Marshall, who shot an 83 the first day and an 80 the second day. Senior Hanna Shluker shot an 83 and an 82 to finish third for the Miners. Rounding out the top four for Park City was sophomore Tai Miller, who had her best rounds of the season by shooting an 85 and an 81.
"Our surprise, though we knew she could play this well, was Tai Miller," Murphy said. "Her scores really helped us."
Murphy said the Miners received a little extra motivation before the second day of the tournament, courtesy of Desert Hills.
"After the first day, they were celebrating like they had already won it," he said. "That kind of motivated the girls to go out and take it from them. They shot 323 that second day, which was our best score all year. We played better than day one, we just came up a bit short."
Seniors Sam Tan (90, 93) and Rachel Frain (92, 92) carded higher scores than they normally have this season, but Murphy said he’d take his top-six players over anyone else’s. Golf only uses the top-four scores from each team to make up the final total, but Park City’s top-six players played better than any other team’s six players.
"If you post all six players, we win, hands down," Murphy said. "We’d beat Desert Hills if you take all six of theirs and all six of ours."
After finishing last at the state tournament only three seasons ago, Murphy said it’s almost unbelievable how much this year’s senior class has improved.
"We finished last at state three years ago, then seventh two years ago," he said. "Last year, we took third place and now, this year, we finished second. They’ve worked so hard and played so much better this year. To see the improvements they’ve made at their games, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve had as a coach. I don’t think I’ve seen a team improve that much in three years. They’re athletic, motivated and competitive."
Though the Miners will miss Shluker, Tan and Frain, Murphy is excited to have three of the top-four scorers from the state tournament coming back next year.
"I’m proud of the girls," he said. "Just coming up short, it stinks. They wanted to win and I wanted them to win. They want to take first and don’t want any questions as to who is first place next year."
Results at 3A state tournament
Saylor Rabe — 162
Sarah Marshall — 163
Hanna Shluker — 165
Tai Miller — 166
Sam Tan — 183
Rachel Frain — 184
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