PCHS golfers eye another 3A state title
Now comes the hard part.
With the Region 10 season now in the books, George Murphy, head coach of the Park City High School boys’ golf team, must whittle his talented 12-man roster down to six players for the 3A state tournament scheduled for Oct. 3-4 in Roosevelt.
The Park City Miners, who are aiming for a fifth-straight state title, have plenty of talent to choose from. In the Region 10 regular season, which ended Thursday, they finished with the top three golfers (based on stroke average) and four of the top 10. Senior Justin Shluker finished first in the standings with a 71.8 season average. Freshman Mitchell Schow was second (72.2), junior Harry Hanskat finished third (74.2) and senior Adam Eisenbarth was eighth (76).
Park City also dominated the Region 10 team standings, finishing comfortably ahead of second-place Wasatch. Union — which handed the Miners their only team loss in region this season — finished third in the team standings, followed by Juan Diego, Uintah and Judge. The top four teams will advance to the state tournament.
The regular season wrapped up Thursday with the final Region 10 tournament, hosted by Juan Diego at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy. In that event, Hanskat, Schow and Shluker each shot a 74 to tie for tournament-low honors. Senior Jack Egan finished fourth on the team with an 80.
Murphy said he hopes to name the six players for the state team this weekend. "Just to keep them sharp, we might have a friendly match next week with a couple of region teams," he said.
The state tournament will involve 16 teams, four from each of the state’s four 3A regions. Murphy said he expects tough competition to come from teams such as Spanish Fork, Desert Hills and Dixie. Then, of course, there are the other three teams from Region 10.
"We usually have a tough region — very competitive," he said.
Murphy said Union, which will be playing on its home course, is one to watch. "They beat us in a region tournament by six strokes," he said. "They know that course well."
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