Miners preparing for state
The Park City High School girls’ golf team is ready to be back on the road after a tough showing at its home meet at the Park City Golf Club last week.
But, despite a poor outing, the Miners recovered on Tuesday in Roosevelt and managed to hold onto their second-place standing in Region 10.
Now the team is focusing on the state tournament, which will take place in Ogden on Thursday, May 16.
Park City coach George Murphy said the girls are ready to put last week’s disappointment behind them.
"It was a rough day," he said. "We had all our girls shoot over 100. But it was a cold day, so all the teams shot quite a bit higher."
Still, Uintah, who entered the match in Park City nine strokes ahead of the Miners, exited town with a 30-stroke season lead. After the match in Roosevelt, where Murphy said the Miners got back on track, the Utes ended the Region season with a 35-stroke victory.
"(Finishing in second by 35 strokes) is a huge improvement from last year," Murphy said. "We’re a lot more competitive this year."
He added that getting away from home, where expectations may have been higher, seemed to help relax his team.
"When they went to Roosevelt, they had the attitude of ‘Whatever happens, happens,’" he said. "Quite a few of them shot a lot better."
E.J. Elliott, Abbi Briscoe, Catherine Cunningham, Hannah Shluker, Maggie Hale and Rachel Frain will compete for the Miners in Ogden, where they hope to turn in a strong performance.
On Friday (after this issue went to press), the six girls were slated to head down to Ogden to play the course where the state tournament will take place.
Murphy said he expects their tough Region schedule to help them at state.
"I think the state course is maybe a little flatter and not as much trouble as all of the Region courses," he said. "We’ve played a lot of tough courses. I think they’re going to enjoy the round (Friday) and get a little more confidence heading into State."
There, Murphy said, he’s confident in his team’s abilities, as long as the girls’ short game is strong.
"That’s a constant worry," he said. "That will never change with any team. But we’ve got the girls that can shoot good scores and play well."
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.