PCHS boys’ golf wins Region 10 title
September 18, 2015
Though there wasn’t much doubt that the Park City High School boys’ golf team would emerge from Thursday’s Region 10 Championship match at Soldier Hollow with the title, the Miners put an emphatic stamp on their first-place season.
Behind senior co-captain Mitchell Schow’s six-under-par 66, the Miners cruised to a 26-stroke victory over second-place Union. Senior co-captain Drew Fleming shot a 73, freshman Dean Tsandes carded a 75 and junior Cole Lee rounded out Park City’s top four with an 80.
Park City Coach George Murphy said Thursday was a strong showing for the Miners on Soldier Hollow’s Gold Course, which will also be the site of the 3A state tournament Oct. 7-8.
"Leading into state, that’s a good feeling," he said. "We’re definitely leaving here today with some positive feelings about how they played. It was good to see Drew come back after struggling in his last couple tournaments and shoot a one-over 73. Dean had another solid round. He was pumped about it. He had it going today."
Fleming said Soldier Hollow was the perfect place for him to turn things around.
"I was in a slump for my last few tournaments, so coming out today and shooting one over in these conditions is a huge confidence booster," he said. "I like this course. You can go low — there are a lot of birdies out there, so that’s nice."
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Fleming and Schow played in the same group for the first time this season, which helped them both.
"We were more relaxed and had more fun," Fleming said. "That led to us playing better."
Rain, wind and cold temperatures gave the Miners all they could handle on Thursday, but that’s something Park City is used to, Murphy said.
"I hope it’s windy and I hope it’s cold [for the state tournament]," he said. "These conditions are definitely an advantage over some of the other teams that are coming in. We’ve played [Soldier Hollow] in all different kinds of conditions. At Mountain Dell [for the state tournament in 2013], it ended up almost snowing. If conditions are like that for state this year, that’s good for us, but we’ll take whatever comes our way."
With two weeks before the state tournament, the Miners will attempt to maintain their momentum and not lose their edge.
"It’s just more time to play this course, which is nice," Fleming said. "We definitely know it really well."
Murphy said Park City will have internal competitions, as well as a match against a former region rival.
"It’s nice to have a tournament a week, so we set up a dual with Wasatch in a week and a half," he said. "It’ll be their top six against our top six, so that’ll keep us sharp."
The Miners will be aiming for their eighth-straight 3A title in October, but Schow insists the team isn’t feeling the pressure.
"We’re just going out and having fun," he said. "Whatever happens, happens."
The 3A state tournament at Soldier Hollow’s Gold Course is scheduled for Oct. 7-8, beginning at 9 a.m. both days.
Thursday at Soldier Hollow
Mitchell Schow — 66
Drew Fleming — 73
Dean Tsandes — 75
Cole Lee — 80
Zane Schemmer — 81
Jack Wright — 82
Jack Hanskat — 83
Josh Lansky — 84
Park City — 294
Union — 320
Tooele — 330
Stansbury — 335
Grantsville — 391
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