PCHS girls’ golf keeps rolling
Cold, wet weather this spring, though expected in Utah, has wreaked havoc on the Park City High School girls’ golf team’s season so far in 2016.
The Miners were supposed to play two tournaments in the Tooele area last week, but were only able to play one. This week, they were supposed to host a tournament at Park City Golf Course on Thursday, but a covering of snow forced the team to postpone until May 9.
However, the Miners were able to make up the other Tooele tournament on Wednesday, playing on Stansbury High School’s home course. As expected, Park City cruised to a victory, extending its Region 10 lead to 225 strokes.
Though the Miners dominated, Coach George Murphy said there was still some adversity because of the weather.
"We’re just trying to fit in anything we can," he said. "We might have lucked out making the change down to Stansbury [from Park City]. It was good weather until the last half hour and then it just poured."
The rain did little to deter Park City, though, as senior Sarah Marshall took first place with a six-over-par 78 and Saylor Rabe finished second with a seven-over 79. Murphy said Marshall and Rabe teamed up to turn in one of the best performances in PCHS girls’ golf history.
"I don’t know if we’ve ever had two scores in the 70s for the girls," he said. "That might be a first for our team."
For Marshall, Murphy said a lower score would have been possible without the rain.
"Sarah was two-over and then it started pouring," he said. "On her last two holes, she finished double [bogey], double [bogey] and finished with a 78. It was really the greens. Putting with the greens so wet made it so they didn’t know how hard to hit it."
Still, Murphy said, it was an impressive effort from the team’s lone senior.
"She played great all day," he said. "She hit good, crisp shots and her short game was on. If she was short of the green, she was chipping it close. I could tell she was feeling good. It was good to see her gain that kind of confidence that she can shoot in the 70s."
Rabe wasn’t affected quite as much by the weather since she was in a group that finished before Marshall’s group. Still, Murphy said, Rabe’s 79 was a promising sign moving forward.
"She was right ahead of Sarah’s group, so they finished 10-15 minutes earlier and weren’t in the rain as much," he said. "But she played great again, too. She’s also hitting with confidence and feels good with where her game is. These girls are starting to get used [to scores in the 70s]. That’s how good they are."
McKenzie Schow finished in third place overall with a score of 88 and Tai Miller shot a 93 to finish fifth overall and round out Park City’s top four scorers. Murphy said he’s happy with the way Schow and Miller are progressing as the season moves on.
"McKenzie had another solid round," he said. "She knows she’s capable of shooting better, but now it’s an issue of putting. That’s an easy fix, though. She’ll put more time into it and adjust to green speeds. She’ll come around. Tai still isn’t where she wants to be, but as far as region play, a 93 from her today was good for fifth place. She’s also one who could shoot in the high-70s on a good day."
Thanks to the reshuffled schedule, Park City will next play in the Region 10 Championships on May 4 at Soldier Hollow before hosting a home match at Park City Golf Course on May 9. Murphy said Soldier Hollow will aerate the putting greens a couple days before the region match, so putting might be tricky.
"The greens will be in pretty rough shape, so we’ll look at that," he said. "We’ll have the girls keep track of how many putts they have."
The Region 10 Championships are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. at Solider Hollow.
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