Miners lock up region title on the links
The Miners spent Monday proving that you don’t need to take first place to be a winner.
Built on both quantity and quality, the Park City High School golf team took the Region 10 title. Although they finished five strokes over tournament host Judge Memorial with a 303 combined score to take second on the day, the Miners finished 39 strokes below the Bulldogs for the season. The Miners finished the regular season with an overall score of 1,873, followed closely by the Bulldogs with 1,912 points.
"We’re always balanced," said Park City head coach Tim Jeffrey. "That’s why we do so well in region and state."
The Miners also failed to claim the individual medal for the overall lowest score, which went to Wasatch’s Brandon Wagstaff. But Greg Method, Scott Case and Sam Bell swept third through fifth place, exemplifying why the Miners are the region champs.
"It just shows that at the top of the order, we’re rather balanced," Jeffrey said.
The Miners have never had an individual medallist in Jeffrey’s six years at the helm, yet they have won region and even State in that period.
The region championship sends the Miners to the state golf tournament as the No. 1 team from Region 10. Judge, Wasatch and Uintah also qualified. Based on the regular season performances, Case, Method, Bell, Thomas Kearns, Zach Nicholas and Grady Zieglowskey will represent Park City at the state match. Jeffrey said there was some competition for the sixth and final spot, but after Zieglowskey turned in a low score of 76 far under his normal score the decision was clear.
"This was his best tournament of the year," Jeffrey said. "He made my decision a lot easier today."
The Miners, who were led by Case with a 74, were looking for a strong final match. On Thursday at Morgan in cold and stormy weather, the Miners struggled with high scores and suffered a second-place finish for second time in the season.
Still, the Miners finished just two strokes over Wasatch at the Morgan tournament with a 317 total score showing that the team can rally in the cold, a factor that could prove important in two weeks at State.
The state tournament is scheduled in Smithfield — near Logan — notoriously the coldest area in the state. Jeffrey hopes that proves beneficial for his weather-hardy squad.
"The colder it is, the wetter it is, it increases our odds," Jeffrey said.
The Miners will need all the help they can get. A warm-weather high school, Dixie, in St. George, is 94 shots under Park City and the other Southern Utah schools aren’t far behind.
"I think if we get some Park City weather and a couple of our kids play up to our capacity, I think it’s a possibility," Jeffrey said.
The Miners will attempt to win the state championship Oct. 8-9 at the Birch Creek Golf Course in Smithfield.
Individual scores for Sept. 25
Scott Case 74
Greg Method 76
Thomas Kearns 77
Sam Bell 78
Zach Nicholas – disqualified for running out of balls
Trey Pyle 83
Jack Burrus 87
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