Golf team runs away with region title
September 20, 2013
Playing on a narrow course at River Oaks in Salt Lake City on Thursday didn’t affect Park City sophomore Mitchell Schow.
Despite scores that kept creeping higher and higher on the par-70 course, Schow managed to keep his cool and shoot a one-under 69 en route to claiming the region individual title.
Schow finished the region season with a cumulative score of 418 in seven matches, besting second-place finisher Ryan Lowe by 20 strokes.
Though Lowe, from Juan Diego, bested Schow by three strokes at the Soaring Eagle home course on Thursday, Schow said he was happy with the way he played.
"I was able to get a few birdies on the par 5s," he said. "I was just shooting for pars everywhere else. Every single time you go to [River Oaks], you’ve got to be prepared to lose at least one golf ball."
Sure enough, Schow said he lost a ball on hole 10.
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"I hit an iron off the tee box," he said. "That hole has a giant dogleg. If you miss the fairway, the ball is gone."
But, the sophomore persevered, claiming the region title after finishing second to teammate Justin Shluker last season.
"It’s nice to say that I won it," Schow said. "We’ll see if I can carry that momentum on to state."
Despite some high scores on the afternoon (Tommy Halsey was the Miners’ only other sub-80 finisher, shooting a 75), the PCHS boys’ golf team as a whole also claimed a region title, winning Thursday’s match by nine strokes over second-place Uintah, 307-316.
The Miners won all seven region matches, including both Park City matches one at Park Meadows and one at Park City Golf Course.
PCHS coach George Murphy said he was proud of his team’s performance on Thursday.
"They were able to win despite some rough scores," he said. "We only had two sub-80 scores. But it was tough all-around for everybody. All the teams shot higher. It was a very narrow course."
The Miners were well represented on the region leader board. Harry Hanskat finished fourth for the season with a total of 457 strokes. Drew Fleming finished fifth with 461 strokes and Jalen Roberts placed sixth with 464 strokes.
TJ Mayo finished 11th with 481 strokes and Colton Kissell finished 12th with 488 strokes to round out a solid season for the Miners’ varsity squad.
As good as Park City played all year, Murphy said he knows the team has the potential to do even better.
"They know they’ve left some strokes out there on the course and they can improve," he said. "But they hung tough and kept it together."
Now, the focus becomes the state tournament, which will be held on Oct. 9 and 10 at Mountain Dell in Parley’s Canyon.
"We’re just trying to peak at the right time and keep them sharp," Murphy said. "We’re supposed to have a really cool tournament the week before state at Park Meadows with some of the top teams in 3A, 4A and 5A, but I don’t know if that will happen yet. We’re also going to get a lot of practice in at Mountain Dell and keep playing the courses up here."
For Schow, winning an individual state title while leading the Miners to their sixth-straight team championship would be the icing on the cake. But, he said, he’s trying to keep calm.
"I’m just going to go out and play my best and whatever happens, happens," he said. "I’m mainly going to be working on my short game between now and then."
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