Girls’ golf team solid at state |

Girls’ golf team solid at state

Catherine Cunningham lines up a putt at a match in Wasatch earlier this season. Cunningham shot a 98 at the state tournament on Thursday. Tyler Cobb/The Park Record

The Park City High School girls’ golf team had struggled with inconsistency all season long.

Cold, snowy weather and sporadic playing time hampered the Miners’ ability to practice.

But at the 3A state tournament on Thursday at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Ogden, the girls had a solid round, with all six players carding scores under 100.

The Miners finished seventh out of 16 teams, and were one of only three teams to have all of its players shoot under 100.

Senior E.J. Elliott led the way for Park City, finishing with an 83 in her last state tournament.

Park City coach George Murphy said the team will miss everything Elliott brought to the table the last four years.

"We’re sad to see her go," he said. "She’s been a great leader. The girls look up to her. I love the fact she was able to go out the way she did (with an 83)."

Though an 82 would have meant recognition for Elliott, Murphy is happy with the way the team leader has been playing lately.

"She missed first-team all-state by one stroke," he said. "But she played great the last two matches especially."

Maggie Hale and Rachel Frain each shot a 92, Hanna Shluker shot a 96, Abbi Briscoe carded a 97, and Catherine Cunningham finished with a 98 to round out the scoring for Park City.

Murphy said he’s pleased with the efforts of the players.

"There were a couple of those girls that shot in the 90s that probably could have done a little bit better," he said. "But I think it was kind of where we performed this year."

Desert Hills won the championship, with three golfers scoring under 80. Desert Hills’ team score of 337 bested second-place Pine View by 32 points.

Murphy said his team needs to take some notes from the state champions.

"We knew the southern region was a little deeper and a little stronger," he said. "They saw what some of those girls were shooting mid 70s. We’ve got a ways to go before we get there."

But, he added, he sees the beginnings of a stronger team.

"I think the girls are going to start doing a little bit more now of what the boys have been doing for a few years now playing together over the summer and getting into tournaments," he said. "They’re just more determined now to play more golf."

And with five of the six state golfers returning next season, Murphy thinks the continuity will lead to a stronger team.

"We’ve got a lot of young girls that are really going to push it this offseason," he said.

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