Miners look for six-peat
The Park City High School boys’ golf team has wasted no time proving that it once again is a force to be reckoned with in 3A.
After five straight state titles, PCHS coach George Murphy’s squad is once again the team all others aim to defeat.
But, through two matches this year, Region 10 opponents Morgan, Juan Diego, Union and Uintah have failed to usurp the Miners’ throne.
At Uintah’s home course in Vernal on Monday, Park City shot a combined 297 (the top four scores are added together) to best the home team by six strokes. Union finished third with a stroke total of 330, with Juan Diego (344) and Morgan (347) finishing a little farther back.
On Wednesday, at Morgan’s home course, the Miners were able to widen their margin of victory. PCHS shot a 292 while Uintah once again finished second, this time with a score of 317. Union (323), Juan Diego (328) and Morgan (330) rounded out the match.
Murphy said that despite the 3A alignment changes, there’s no reason the Miners can’t once again contend for Region 10 and state titles.
"It’s a little bit different having Wasatch and Judge out of our region," he said. "We have five teams instead of six in our region and everybody is gunning for us. But that’s our goal again do what we can to repeat."
With a squad headlined by sophomore Mitchell Schow, juniors Jalen Roberts and Tommy Halsey and senior Harry Hanskat, Murphy thinks the sky is once again the limit. Schow, Roberts and Hanskat were each in the top 10 at the state tournament last season.
Murphy said the number of solid players who came out to tryouts at the beginning of the month made it hard to choose just 12 players.
"Tryouts were just like every year hard to cut the team down to 12," he said. "Knowing you had to leave a handful of kids off the team who worked hard over the summer was difficult."
He added that getting a good balance of sophomores, juniors and seniors was important to him.
"We looked at grade levels too, just to spread it out a little bit," he said. "That ensures we won’t have to start all over next year."
But, Murphy acknowledges that having too many good players is better than the alternative.
"That’s a nice thing to have depth," he said.
Schow shot a 66 (six under par) at Morgan on Wednesday, setting a new personal best score. Hanskat and Halsey shot 75s and Roberts notched a 76.
The Miners will be back in action on Monday at Mountain Dell, the course that will host the state championship match in the first week of October. Park City holds a 31 stroke lead over teams in its region heading into the third Region 10 match.
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