South Summit takes second at State
October 10, 2008
South Summit has suddenly joined the ranks with Park City as a one of the best prep golf teams in state. On Tuesday, the Wildcats shot themselves into second place at the 2A state championship, just 28 strokes behind perennial powerhouse Rowland Hall.
The milestone was reached with the addition of brothers Taylor and Dustin Haws, who moved into the area this year and a team that committed themselves to becoming a legitimate contender in 2A competition.
"It motivates them to play a lot harder and practice more," Taylor said.
South Summit was in third place after the first round on Monday on Soldier Hollow’s Silver Course. The boys turned in another successful round on Tuesday that was good enough to give them a 647 two-day total score and second place overall.
Taylor finished the two-day championship with his own state championship title as the individual low-score medalist.
Taylor’s debut in the 2A state championship was impressive. On Monday, he was able to overcome a triple bogey on his first hole, and rebound with six straight birdies. The mental and physical feat earned him a 70 for the day the best round of the day.
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"I just tried not to get too frustrated," Taylor said.
Tuesday he followed it up with a 75 to put him one-over-par for the tournament with a 145.
Last year’s medalist, Carson Huiskamp of Rowland Hall, took second finishing seven strokes back from Taylor and Dustin Haws finished in third.
Taylor said that, as usual, the wind played a factor in the competition. Monday was relatively calm, but things picked up on Tuesday on the Gold Course. The Wildcats held a number of practices at the course before the tournament, so they would be ready to for windy conditions and the course’s notoriously fast greens. Still, the wind affected a number of the Wildcats’ shots on the Gold.
"It helped to practice there and get used to the greens," Taylor said.
The humble Taylor said that the highlight of the tournament was seeing South Summit perform so well.