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Miners battle to second-place finish

EJ Elliott hits her ball onto the green from the bunker on the ninth hole. The Park City girls' golf team traveled to Soldier Hollow Thursday to take on fellow Region 10 teams at the Wasatch-hosted meet. Tyler Cobb/The Park Record

It was a cold day at Soldier Hollow on Thursday, with periods of light rain sprinkled in.

The weather conditions certainly weren’t ideal for a round of golf, but the Park City High School girls’ golf team is used to less-than-perfect conditions.

The Miners battled through 18 holes, finishing second out of six teams, falling to match winner Uintah by just five strokes.

Four other Region 10 teams – Judge Memorial, Juan Diego, Union and Wasatch – participated in the match as well.

Park City coach George Murphy said his team played well given what they’ve had to deal with so far this spring.

"It’s always tough coming into the spring season," he said. "When you start the season in the spring, these girls don’t have any time to practice."

He said the lack of practice contributed to some struggles in the Miners’ short game, but that the weather conditions affected each team equally.

"Overall, it was decent," he said. "I think they were disappointed in the way they played. They left a lot of strokes out there and they realize that. It wasn’t great, but we only lost five strokes on Uintah."

EJ Elliott led the Miners with a score of 89 for the day. Catherine Cunningham shot a 98 to finish second for Park City.

Murphy said he expected nothing less from the senior leaders.

"They’ve been doing it for the last three years now," he said. "They’re still working at it and I know they want to shoot better, but the younger girls on the team look up to them and it keeps them motivated."

Hanna Shluker carded a 100 and Sam Tan (101), Abbi Briscoe (102), Rachel Frain (104) and Maggie Hale (108) rounded out the scoring for the Miners.

Park City now trails Uintah by 12 strokes in the Region 10 standings. The top four teams from the region will advance to state.

Murphy said he thinks his team can make a run for the region title in the two remaining tournaments.

"We just have to get more of the girls in the low 90s and high 80s," he said. "It all comes down to the way they work around the greens. But we’re sitting OK to qualify for state. We’re on Uintah’s heels."

The Region 10 golf teams will be back in action on April 18 at Roosevelt Golf Course, the home course for Union High School. The teams will wrap up their season on May 2 at the Park City Golf Club.

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