"It's a cool thing to watch," he said, describing his players rolling into the clubhouse posting impressive score after impressive score. "(The Miners) come and in and they post their scores and the other teams go, 'Oh my gosh.' It's kind of deflating."
Thursday, the Park City High School boys' golf team dominated another Region 10 tournament -- this time at its lone home region tournament of the year -- as the Miners posted an even 300. According to Murphy, Park City's head coach, in the previous 10-plus years, Park City hadn't finished below 300 more than three times. This year, with one Region 10 tournament remaining at River Oaks Golf Course next Thursday, the Miners have broken 300 four times and missed out on a fifth by one stroke at home.
The Miners had six players shoot in the 70s once again Thursday, led by freshman Mitch Schow and junior Harry Hanskat, who each shot (+2) 74. Senior Justin Shluker followed with a (+3) 75, while freshman Drew Fleming and senior Jack Egan each shot (+5) 77. Through five tournaments, Park City holds an 86-stroke lead and Shluker leads teammate Schow by two strokes for the individual region title with one tournament remaining.
Union finished in second place Thursday, shooting a team total 315. The Cougars are the lone team to have beaten Park City this season, and while the Miners have a monstrous region lead, they know the Cougars have some bite.
"That (defeat) was at their home course and that's where state is," Murphy said. "We're obviously trying to stay on top them and keep the pressure on them. We're heading out to Union (today) for a practice round."
Park City's depth was once again on display, as evidenced throughout the season, as two freshmen helped the Miners run away with their fourth region tournament. Murphy said as competitive as this team is to win a fifth-straight 3A state championship, the players are almost as hungry to top one another each time they step onto the course.
"They want to beat each other, but they also want to each other to do well," he said. "You see when they get ready to post their scores, they'll be saying, 'What'd you shoot? Seventy-five or 76?' They're great that way. They root for each other, but they still want to beat the crap out of the next guy.
"We had a good day and played well on our home course."
With the final Region 10 tournament scheduled for next Thursday in Sandy, Murphy faces one of the more difficult decisions of the year as he must choose six of his talented dozen to take to the 3A state tournament in Roosevelt.
"It's here," he said, laughing. "After next Thursday, then we have time to submit names of the kids who are going. Two of the really hard things that come around each year are trying to figure out who's on the 12-man roster and cutting that even further down to six kids for state. Some of the kids who are on the bubble and don't make it, that's going to be a hard thing to handle. They've had a good year."
As for the pesky Cougars, who are champing at the bit to topple the Miners for a second time on the state's biggest stage?
"They'll keep their confidence," Murphy said. "It's just region now, and state's a huge deal and that's where it really matters. Nobody remembers who wins region, it's all about state -- but it helps to be playing well at that time."