As they prepared to tee of into howling winds during the first day of the 3A state golf tournament, some Park City Miners overheard golfers from other schools joking with one another, asking, "OK, who's going to go for second?"

The quip was fitting.

The Park City High School boys' golf team did it again Thursday afternoon, winning an unprecedented fifth-straight 3A state crown at the state championship tournament in Roosevelt.

Now, head coach George Murphy has a state title ring for his lonely thumb.

"I wouldn't say it's getting old, but it's a cool thing," he said. "I'm excited for these guys."

The Miners finished with a two-day combined team score of 603, shooting 303 in blustery conditions Wednesday and 300 on the final day of the tournament Thursday. They finished 12 strokes ahead of second-place host Union. Pine View High School finished third overall with a total of 647.

"It's sweet," said senior Jack Egan. "Hopefully they'll be able to continue the tradition. It's been an honor to be part of this team."

Fellow senior and defending 3A individual state champion Justin Shluker protected his crown, finishing with a two-day total of 146, shooting 73 each day in Roosevelt. Shluker, one of three seniors on this year's team (with Egan and Adam Eisenbarth), said leaving the program on a high note is something he'll never forget.

"It was a crazy couple days and we ended up on top. It's been crazy," he said. "I don't even know what to say. It's better the second time.



"That hasn't been done that many times in the state of Utah," Murphy said of Shluker's back-to-back achievement. "To be able to do that two years in a row, as a senior, it's a pretty nice thing."

Park City's domination this year on the links wasn't attributed to just one or two golfers and it showed throughout the season. Freshman Mitch Schow turned out to be the biggest surprise on the team, pushing defending champion Shluker for the overall Region 10 title. Transfer Jalen Roberts, a sophomore, proved to be a vital addition to the team and junior Harry Hanskat finished third in region this year. Hanskat will no doubt be considered a leader for the 2013 edition of the Miners.

Park City had the top three golfers in the most difficult region in 3A this year and had four in the top 10 at the 3A state tournament. Following behind the champion Shluker were Schow, who finished fifth in Roosevelt (150), Hanskat (152), who tied for sixth and Roberts (155), who came in eighth. Egan and Eisenbarth each cracked the top 20, finishing tied for 18th overall.

Murphy said when he looks back on this crew that delivered title No. 9 to Park City, he'll remember the sheer dominance the team had 1 through 12. This year's Miners set the all-time Region 10 record for scoring, Murphy added.

"We had so many solid region scores throughout the year and I think this was our most consistent year ever," he said. "I think that's one thing that maybe sets this team apart is we had different kids going low in different weeks."

Park City must now face the task of replacing its three seniors in Shluker, Egan and Eisenbarth.

"We're losing a huge part of a team with our three seniors who have played at state for us, and those are going to be big shoes to fill in our program," Murphy said. "We've got some youth and some kids who are excited and who want to do the same thing as these guys. That'll be our goal, to take state again and work as hard as we can and get these guys tournament ready. We'll come back and go for another one."

Shluker said he hopes his legacy with the program will be for those already on the team and those who aim to be, to see how his hard work paid off.

"I just hope the younger guys have somebody to look up to," he said. "I hope I'm the role model coming into the program for those guys and I hope they can say, 'I want to be like him when I'm done.'"

Eisenbarth said it's Murphy's tutelage and spirit that helped keep this team atop the 3A world and his ability to simplify arguably the most difficult sport was the difference.

"He's been great for all the players and especially me," he said. "He's just made it a joy. I don't know if I would have stuck with golf without him. It's crazy how he combines golf with life lessons."

Park City learned Thursday, once again, that it has the best 3A team in the state and the dynasty is alive and well.

"In the end, we can still look back and say we did ourselves proud," Shluker said.

Just as they've done now five years running.