Tough day on links can’t stop Park City
Gloomy weather seemed to reflect the overall mood at the third Region 10 golf tournament hosted by Park City High School at Jeremy Ranch on Thursday. Despite the fact that all of the prep golfers struggled on the challenging course, the Miners were able to prevail shooting a 322, under Wasatch’s 332 and Judge’s 343. The win also gave the Miners a sizable 44 shots under Judge overall for the season.
"We increased our lead, that was our goal going in," Park City head coach Tim Jeffrey said.
Zack Nicholas led all golfers shooting a 79, Thomas Kearns was close behind with an 80. The two Miners would be the only golfers to break 80 on the day.
Jeffrey said that that he expected Jeremy to be a difficult course, and then the mix of added pressure and overcast weather only made getting through the day even more difficult for all of the golfers.
"I had a feeling it would be a slow day," Jeffrey said.
One bright spot for the Miners was the debut of Sami Crouch. The young freshman is the first girl to play for the Park City varsity squad, and had yet to play in region competition due to a back injury. Her first outing was a memorable one, leading most of the male field with an 82.
"This is her first high school varsity match on an impossible day," said Jeffrey incredulously. "I was really impressed."
Even though all of the Miners had a difficult day, Jeffrey said that he was really happy with the overall effort of his team.
"They really ground it out to the end. They knew they had to work to get us the victory," Jeffrey said.
Pulling away from Judge was only one of Park City’s goals. They are at about the same spot as they were last year, but are very mindful of their overall standings in the state. Pine View, a southern Utah team has a team score that is under par and Dixie isn’t far behind. Jeffrey says that it’s nice to perform well in region play, but unless the Miners are competitive statewide, they will not be able to grab the 3A elusive state title. In fact, in 2004, when Park City won the state championship, they lost the Region 10 title to Judge.
"No one’s giving any sympathy to Park City," Jeffrey laughed.
The team is also competing against themselves to earn one of the six spots on the state tournament team. Scott Case and Thomas Kearns have already secured their spots, but Jeffrey says the other four are there for the taking.
"There are spots for grabs and Sami is back," Jeffrey said.
The Miners will continue their individual and team battle next Thursday when they travel to Vernal to take on Uintah at noon.
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