PCHS boys’ golf team struggles in Arizona
September 8, 2015
For the last four years, the Park City High School boys’ golf team has traveled to Arizona to play in the Antigua International High School Invitational. The tournament, which features teams from around the country, challenges the Miners by pitting them against some of the best teams in the United States.
This year, Coach George Murphy said Park City struggled a bit more than usual.
"Every year, we seem to struggle the first day and play a lot better the second day," he said. "It’s a little bit tough. You’ve got five kids instead of six and take four scores. If you have more than one kid with a rough day, the score goes up significantly."
Park City finished 46 strokes out of first place, 16th out of 23 teams in the tournament. Nevertheless, Murphy said it was fun for everyone involved.
"It was a good experience," he said. "The kids had a great time and enjoyed it. It’s a tournament to show them they belong and can compete at that level. It also gets them in the right mindset for our matches after the tournament."
Mitchell Schow shot 73s on both days to lead the Miners. Other highlights included Jack Hanskat’s 74 and Drew Fleming’s 79 on day two.
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Murphy was complimentary of the Arizona course — McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.
"The course was in great condition," he said. "It plays a little longer than the setup we have in region play. It’s probably 200-250 yards longer than a state course. I don’t think that was the problem, though. It wasn’t as hot as it has been before, either. Conditions were right for us to do well; we just struggled."
As one of four Utah teams in the tournament, along with Lone Peak, Syracuse and Orem, Murphy said PCHS helped show that Utah golf is a force on the national scene.
"It was a good representation of the state of Utah," he said. "Lone Peak won the tournament by five or six strokes over a team from Arizona."
The Miners will continue their Region 10 schedule on Thursday at Park Meadows. Murphy said he hopes the national tournament energized the squad for the stretch run.
"Even the boys that didn’t go down are looking forward to this and showing that they belong on the state team," he said. "They’re pumped for it. The guys who did go down are ready to get back to the courses they know and put together some solid rounds."
Murphy said he doesn’t know much about the 3A landscape this year. He wants the Miners to focus on their own games ahead of the 3A state tournament, which they have won the last seven years.
"I haven’t seen what the other teams are doing down south or in the northern region, but we’re just trying to focus on what we need to do and have good practices sessions this week leading into Thursday."
Thursday’s match at Park Meadows is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
PCSH Two-Day Tournament Scores (Par 144)
- Mitchell Schow — 146 (+2)
- Jack Hanskat — 155 (+11)
- Drew Fleming — 161 (+17) )
- Cole Lee — 168 (+24) )
- Josh Lansky — 174 (+30) )
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