Park City Girls golf takes second at state for fifth consecutive year
The Park City High school girls golf team took second in the Class 4A state tournament at East Bay Golf Course in Provo on Thursday. It was their fifth consecutive season finishing runner-up.
After playing 18 holes on Wednesday, the Miners ranked second with a score of 342 behind Ridgeline with 336. Desert Hills was third with a 354.
Individually, Lila Galea’i of Lehi led with a score of 70 on the first day – two under par. Alexis Wilson of Ridgeline was second with an even 72 and Park City senior Grace Donahue was third with a score of 75. Of Park City’s team, senior McKenzie Schow finished 12 over par with an 84. She was followed by sophomore Josie Marshall with an 85, senior Livi Rockwood (98), senior Gabby Rockwood (100) and sophomore Caroline Donahue (109).
After two days, Ridgeline had extended its lead to 13 strokes under Park City, with a second-day score of 326, and a total score of 662 for the state title. Park City finished the second day with a score of 333 and a total score of 675. Desert Hills, which had taken the state title every year since at least 2012, finished third with a second-day score of 329, and a total score of 683.
The top three shooters individually retained their positions, with Galea’i shooting a 68 (138 total), Wilson shooting a 75 (147) and Donahue shooting a 75 (150).
Schow tied for ninth in the state alongside Meghan Pierce of Uintah and Rheagen Harfiel of Bear River after finishing the second day with a 79 (163). Marshall finished with an 82 (167) for 13th overall, Gabby Rockwood finished 42nd overall after shooting a 97 (197) and Livi Rockwood finished 43rd with a 101 (199). Caroline Donahue took 57th overall, shooting a 110 (219).
Coach George Murphy said the finish was bittersweet.
“You want it for them,” Murphy said of the elusive state title. He noted that, for Schow and Grace Donahue, each of their four seasons playing golf at Park City High School have ended in second place at state even as they hoped to get over the hump this year.
But he said he was also happy for the team, which had achieved some of its goals this season. The Miners had taken Region 11 by 285 strokes. Grace Donahue, Schow and Marshall had carried the team in the state tournament and held their own against the best in Class 4A. Murphy said Grace Donahue sank two long-range putts for birdie on Hole 18 both days of the tournament.
Also, Caroline Donahue had gotten invaluable state experience as a sophomore, and the Rockwood twins, Park City tennis stars who hadn’t played on the team before, had brought their scores down into the 90s from the 120s, which was a must for the team to be competitive.
“It’s hard to ask first-year players to go in there and do anything more than they did,” Murphy said of the Rockwoods. “They tried and gave everything they had. … It was fun to watch them compete and get after it and try something way out of their realm of what was comfortable for them.”
The one goal that eluded the team was the state title. Murphy said a second-place finish was still nothing to scoff at, and nothing could be done this season about falling short.
“That’s life and that’s golf,” Murphy said.
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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.