PCHS girls’ golf looks to take next step
The Park City High School girls’ golf team came heartbreakingly close to winning the 3A state title in 2015, falling by six strokes to a Desert Hills squad that extended its title streak to six years in a row.
In 2016, the Miners are hungry to take the next step and stop the Desert Hills’ championship run.
Though Park City lost a few contributors from last year’s team, Coach George Murphy said the 2016 Miners have plenty of talent returning.
"They were so close last year," he said. "Six strokes is nothing over two days. That’s a three-foot putt or a muffed chip. They’re motivated and they’re hungry. They’ve been working at it. Saylor [Rabe] has played a ton over the summer. Sarah Marshall is back in form and is playing really well, too."
Murphy said the Miners haven’t had the chance to get many matches in due to inclement weather. The only two Region 10 matches the Miners have been able to complete came in early March in St. George, where Park City took a 46-stroke lead over second-place Stansbury.
"That’s the only thing we’ve basically had — a two-day tournament at St. George," Murphy said. "Our first real region tournament at anyone’s home course will be next Thursday in Roosevelt."
Fortunately, Murphy added, the Region 10 schools had the foresight to schedule a pair of region events in a warm climate.
"It came down to the inconsistency of the weather," he said. "We planned it back in November to make sure we could get a couple region tournaments in just in case we had bad weather in March. That turned out well for us."
The Miners performed well in St. George, with Rabe shooting an 86 and an 83 to take the overall lead in Region 10. Marshall shot an 81 and a 90, good for second place in the region standings and freshman McKenzie Schow (sister of three-time boys’ 3A state medalist Mitchell Schow) sits in third place after shooting a pair of 91s.
Murphy said the Miners are hoping for big things from Schow this year.
"Hopefully the talent runs in the family," he laughed. "She’s had about a year and a half off from golf, so she’s just getting back into it. It was nice to have her score in St. George."
As the Miners prepare for the heart of their schedule, in which they’ll play five matches in three weeks, Murphy said he’s encouraged by the dedication the players are showing.
"They’re on their spring break and they’re coming down to Soldier Hollow to practice," he said. "They know having the state playoffs up here at Soldier Hollow is to our advantage. That’ll give them some confidence going into the state tournament."
Murphy said the Miners hope to end Desert Hills’ run of state championships on a course they consider to be one of their home courses. The key to having success on the biggest stage, Murphy said, is confidence.
"It really comes down to the details of the short game and confidence," he said. "Confidence is huge. When it counts at the state tournament, are they confident enough to make it happen? They want to win and have the right mindset for it. They’d like to show that they can do the same thing as the boys (who have won eight straight 3A titles)."
The Miners’ next tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at Union’s home course. Park City will host a Region 10 match at Park City Golf Course on Thursday, April 28, beginning at 10 a.m.
Upcoming PCHS Girls’ Golf Matches
April 14 — at Union
April 20 — at Tooele
April 21 — at Grantsville
April 28 — at Park City Golf Course
May 3 — Region 10 Championship
May 12 — Region 10 Invitational
May 18-19 — 3A State Championship
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It’s been a rough season for Park City, but a taste of the postseason could pay huge dividends in the future.