PCHS girls’ golf: Park City right in the thick of things
After two tournaments, the Miners are in a dogfight for a state-tournament berth.
The Park City High School girls’ golf team currently sits in third place after the first two Region 10 tournaments of the season, trailing Uintah and Judge Memorial. Behind Park City are Wasatch and Juan Diego, and despite having a somewhat comfortable hold on the third spot the Miners lead by 18 strokes head coach George Murphy said it’s going to be a season that will, most likely, come down to the wire as the top four teams in each region qualify for the state tournament.
"After those first two teams, everyone is scrambling for state already," he said.
After taking third in the first Region 10 tournament of the season, the Miners finished fifth last week at River Oaks Golf Course in Salt Lake City, where No. 1 EJ Elliott, a junior, battled through illness to shoot a 62 on the nine-hole course. Elliott, Murphy said, will headline the Miners’ attack this year along with sophomores Catherine Cunningham and Maggie Hale. He said he hopes senior Rebecca Cunningham, the older sister of Catherine, who is playing her first year in competitive golf, has the talent to be Park City’s No. 4.
"We’re just trying to look for a fourth scorer right now," he said. "(Rebecca) is capable of doing it."
Murphy said his team, along with most of rest of region, struggled at River Oaks last week.
"It’s a tight course," he said. "A lot of trouble, a lot of water, trees and weeds. So it makes for a long day."
While Murphy is confident the Miners will keep a hold on that No. 3 spot, he said his team must be able work on its short game early on this season.
"There haven’t been a lot of opportunities," he said. "The tournaments have been good weather, but the way the first few weeks have shaped up, getting a day or two to get some practice in has been hard."
Next up for Park City is a trip to Vernal Thursday to play at Uintah’s home course.
"That’ll be a good one to see where these kids stand and how well we’ll handle that course," he said. "We’re just trying to hang in there and hoping these girls have a positive experience with the season."
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