Miners win sixth-straight, powered on by star duo
The Miners Boys Golf Team won their sixth-straight match Wednesday at Overlake, powered on once again by their star duo in Rawson Hardy and Ty Brady. The tandem shot an astounding 66 and 72, respectively, helping the team win by a whopping 23 strokes.
The next nearest team was the Cottonwood Colts, who’ve finished second in three of the six matches to-date on the season; the Stansbury Stallions and Murray Spartans have also been relatively-competitive. Neither Park City, Hardy or Brady’s performances should’ve come as a surprise, as the team’s closest match this season has been a victory by 11 strokes. The pair duo has dominated nearly all of the season’s matches.
The tandem is extremely modest however; when asked who or what to credit with their massive team and individual successes this season, they credited their coach (George Murphy) and the camaraderie that he and everyone on the team has helped foster. Brady touched upon how young the team is this year and how a strong team captain in Aidan Taylor has helped them grow into a strong state championship contender.
“The building is where it (this year’s team success) came from,” said Brady. “Aidan Taylor was a great captain last year, taught us (Hardy and himself) how to lead.” Another part of what Taylor helped them learn is the ability to stay grounded amidst their success and focus on the steps ahead. Hardy knows the importance of staying locked in, even off the course, in maintaining their team’s success and potentially vying for a regional and state championship.
“We’re playing great,” said Hardy. “We’ve just got to make sure socially and off the course everything’s going good (well), because everything adds up throughout the season.” Playing, albeit sparingly, outside tournaments even during the season the two don’t let those results distract them from their main objectives with the Miners. Hardy even shot -19 through two rounds last weekend, crushing the competition at a Utah Regional tournament.
Brady touched upon how tournaments like the Utah Regional help both him and Hardy prepare for the stress and situational play of high school matches. Hardy said they know they don’t have to change anything in spite of the pressure or regionals and state, saying “we’re not going to do anything different during the end of the season, just stay at it, we’re in a good place right now.”
Already knowing the locations of both big matches, Brady is confident in his team’s ability to score well. A win at state would signal the programs first since 2018, when their 11-year title streak was snapped as Park City moved up into 5A. Back in 4A, the Miners have their eyes on the prize once again. Brady emphatically stated “the state championship is the big one. That’s what everyone wants.”
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