PCHS boys’ golf team widens region lead at Park Meadows
The Park City High School boys’ golf team kept its hot streak going on Tuesday afternoon, claiming a victory in yet another region match.
This match, at Park Meadows Country Club, saw the Miners earn their biggest margin of victory yet, widening their region lead to 60 strokes over second-place Uintah.
Behind solid performances from Colton Kissell and Mitchell Schow, who both shot 1-over par 73s, and Harry Hanskat and Drew Fleming, who each added a 75, the Miners finished with a four-person score of 296, besting Uintah’s 318.
"It came together today," Park City coach George Murphy said. "We’re looking for our core players to all shoot low 70s or around there and that’s what happened today."
He added that he was pleased with the way Kissell stepped up and had a good round.
"We’ve been kind of waiting for his game to come around in practice," he said. "He definitely came through today."
Murphy said the practice time his team has had at Park Meadows seemed to help.
"It felt like a home course advantage a little bit today," he said. "But this is only the first time we’ve ever had a region tournament here."
The Miners normally play at Park City Golf Course, where they’ll host the second-to-last region match on Sept. 12.
Park City, the five-time defending state champion, is finally starting to play the way Murphy feels it is capable of.
"This has actually been close," Murphy said of the region season. "This is the most distance we’ve had between the second-place team at a tournament this year. Usually we’re ahead in the region by 80 to 90 strokes by now and it’s hard to keep them sharp."
This year, he added, staying focused shouldn’t be a problem.
"What keeps these guys sharp is that those eight varsity players are playing for six spots on the state team," he said. "That’s what keeps them motivated."
Next week will officially be an off week for the Miners, but Murphy and five of his top players Schow, Hanskat, Fleming, Jalen Roberts and Tommy Halsey will head to Arizona for the Antigua Invitational tournament.
Then it’s back to the region grind, where Murphy anticipates another Park City win on the tough Park City Golf Course links.
"The region teams hate playing that course," he said. "It’s a great course, but there are so many trees and so much trouble players can get into. Here (at Park Meadows), the greens are faster and there’s a lot of sand."
Murphy doesn’t just want the Miners to defend their home course though. He wants another strong performance to prepare for the region and state tournaments.
"We’re looking for another good match," he said. "We have a goal of sub-300 from the top four scorers. If we can do that, it’s a good day."
The state tournament will be held at Mountain Dell Golf Course, located 16 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. Murphy said that’s been like a third home course for the Miners this season.
"I just want them playing the state course well," he said. "We’ve been trying to get down there as much as possible too."
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