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Haws hopes to shoot Wildcats to the top

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

South Summit and wrestling. Sure.

South Summit and rodeo. Even better.

But South Summit and golf? Now that one’s rarer. But this fall, the Wildcats will welcome Taylor Haws an addition that could put Kamas on the golfing map.

Haws shot himself to the top of the Utah golf scene earlier this summer at the Utah State Amateur. Not only was he one the youngest players to qualify for the event at age 15, but he garnered more attention shooting a 68 during the qualifying round and earning himself a trip to match play.

"It was pretty cool," he said. "There were a lot of people who were shocked when I made it to match play. Being the youngest, it was hard, but I hung in there."

This was Haws first trip to the State Am and he already has his eye on winning it all in the next few years.

Haws followed up that noteworthy performance by winning the ProAm at Wasatch Mountain State Golf Course and finishing well in numerous Utah Junior Golf Association tournaments over the summer. He has even taken his skills out of state qualifying for and playing in the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego last month. There he played on the legendary Torrey Pines course where the U.S. Open is held and finished in the top 100.

"It was fun," Haws said. "It was hard, but it was a good experience."

Now, Haws is looking at the prep season to figure out how he can help out his South Summit teammates. Head coach Troy Coil was ecstatic to hear that Taylor and older brother, Dustin, would be playing for him in the fall. The Haws brothers stand to startle a few teams in the 2A division.

The Haws family moved to Summit County a few months ago from the Davis County area, when they decided to buy a home at Promontory/ The Ranch Club. The school boundaries put the Haws brothers in the South Summit School District, so rather than joining a team full of golf talent, the boys are looking forward to making a big contribution to the South Summit High School team.

"They were really excited that my brother and I would play for the team," Haws said. "They said it would help out a lot."

Haws is the youngest of the clan, with four older brothers and a sister. Golf has always been a big thing in their family, with the kids learning to swing a club shortly after they learned to walk. Now the boys practice three to four times a week and play in tournaments around the state. In the winter, both boys head indoors to play basketball. Dustin stands a good head taller than Taylor and he admits his older brother often beats him on the court, but Taylor repeatedly beats him on the course, so he doesn’t mind.

"It equals out," he said, smiling.

But basketball season is a long way off, so Haws will hopefully continue to take center stage for South Summit. The Wildcats will open their season against bitter rival North Summit on Aug. 14 at noon at Round Valley Golf Course.


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