Park City rolling in Region 10 play
Turns out that good things come to those who wait.
At least that was the case for the Park City High School golf team, which sat for nearly three hours on Thursday before getting on the course at Thanksgiving Point to start the weekly Region 10 tournament. But despite finishing the match in the dark, the team still managed to beat rival Uintah by two strokes, 303 to 305.
"Every team had to deal with the same thing," said Park City head coach George Murphy. "It was a mild inconvenience."
The Miners and the Utes were dead-even midway through the match before Park City pulled ahead near the end. Two of the Miners had big days at Thanksgiving Point, with Michael Coopman leading the team with a 71 and Sam Bell turning in a 72.
"The last three tournaments, Michael has really come on strong," Murphy said.
He said that his team’s depth is what helps them in these difficult contests.
"Uintah’s same four boys post scores every week. Every week we have one that’s different," Murphy explained. "If one of our top players doesn’t post well, we have other players."
Besides having a strong team from top to bottom on Thursday, Park City was also treated to warm weather and a cloudless sky at Thanksgiving Point, which is known for being a bit like a wind tunnel on a bad day.
Depth will be crucial for the Miners as they head into the final weeks of the season. The team plays in the region finale this Thursday at the Glendale Golf Course in Salt Lake City and then heads to the state championships the following week. Right now, the Miners are sitting comfortably in first place, leading Uintah by 20 strokes.
Murphy said that every week his team has had a handful of players who post well for the team, and he is hoping that Glendale offers more of the same. The team didn’t play on the course last year, but Murphy said it is one he knows they can handle. Thanksgiving Point is known for being particularly tough and the Miners had no difficulty there.
"It’s a good course, but it’s not as challenging as Thanksgiving Point or Soldier Hollow," he said.
After Thursday, Murphy will begin the process to determine which players will represent Park City in the state finals. He has been watching the boys’ weekly scores as well as seeing how they play in practice. The team’s home course, Soldier Hollow, is also the site of the state championships, so he is also looking for players who can play well specifically on that course.
The Miners will tee off at the Glendale Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 25, at noon.
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