Mitchell Schow wins golf tourney
June 30, 2015
Park City High School senior Mitchell Schow has already made a name for himself in the Utah golf community by winning the 3A individual state title two years in a row and helping to keep PCHS’s streak of seven-straight team state championships alive.
Now, Schow is making waves on the national scene, recently clinching a spot in the Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas, by winning a regional qualifying tournament at Soldier Hollow in Midway.
Schow won the qualifying tournament two years ago, but had to decline a trip to the Championship. Last year, he placed second in the qualifying tournament and didn’t get an invite.
This year, Schow said, everything came together — he won the tourney and will be heading to Texas to represent the state of Utah.
"This year, since I’m too old to play in a lot of the national junior events, this was one of the only ones I was trying for," he said.
Having the tournament at Soldier Hollow, a course Schow knows well, helped him succeed.
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"I’ve always played well there," he said. "If you feel confident at a course, you’re going to play well there."
Schow clinched the victory by shooting a 64 in his first round and a 67 in his second. His score was 13 strokes under par, defeating second-place Jaece Stokes by two strokes.
Schow said he knew the pressure was on when he was leading Stokes by five strokes going into the second day of the tournament. Though Stokes finished three strokes better than Schow on day two, Schow was able to hold on for the victory.
Schow’s play around the green was strong during the tournament at Soldier Hollow, but he said he needs more work playing out of hazards.
"My putting was really good," he said. "I haven’t putted that well for quite a while. My bunker game was alright, but that’s the main thing I’ll be working on before [the Championship]."
Schow said he’s not too worried about the course at Miramont Country Club in Bryan. Rather, he’s concerned about the Texas weather.
"I’ve heard it’s a really nice course," he said. "But it’s going to be really humid and hot, so I’m going to have to gear myself up for that."
Despite the weather concerns, Schow said he’s expecting to compete at a high level at the tournament, which will take place Aug. 3-6.
"For me, it’s about winning," he said. "I feel like I’m at a level where I can compete with anyone. Now that I’ve committed to college [at the University of Utah], I want to show I’m going to be able to compete. Hopefully it will bring kids in [to Utah] that want to compete against me and play in a great conference."
Before he heads off to college, however, Schow still has one more year left at PCHS. He said his main focus is to ensure he isn’t a part of the class that ends Park City’s seven-year title streak.
"No. 8, that’s what we’re gearing up for," he said. "If we don’t win, we’ll be disappointed. I feel like we have a good chance to win, though — it should be a fun season."