PCHS golfers cruise at Park Meadows
After pulling away from the rest of the Region 10 field two weeks ago at Park City Golf Course, the Park City High School boys’ golf team extend its lead even further on Thursday at Park Meadows.
Led by senior Mitchell Schow, who shot a seven-under-par 65 to win the tournament, the Miners finished with a team total of 298 strokes, defeating second-place Stansbury (337) by 39 strokes.
Cole Lee shot an even-par 72, while Dean Tsandes (77) and Jack Wright (84) rounded out the scoring for Park City.
Park City Coach George Murphy said he was impressed with the way Schow played on a day when most of the Region 10 field struggled.
"It was a special round," he said. "I watched quite a bit of his round today and, especially on the back nine, he tore it up. He shot 30 on the back nine. He had that putter going today. These greens were rolling pure and he sank a lot of putts. It was a great round and fun to watch."
Murphy said he was also happy with Lee’s round. He said the junior is playing well lately.
"He followed up a good round with another good round," he said. "At Park City two weeks ago, he shot a 74. A 72 here is awesome."
Lee said he got off to a rough start, but managed to quickly settle down and get into a groove.
"I was really nervous," he said. "I started off with two bogeys, but I somehow got my putts going and started hitting greens and fairways. It was easy after that."
After Schow’s 65 and Lee’s 72, the lowest score in the tournament was a 77, shot by a Tooele player and Park City freshman Dean Tsandes. No other scores in the 70s were recorded. Murphy said it was impressive for the Miners to have the three lowest scores at a course as difficult as Park Meadows.
"For the field, this was playing a lot harder than what we’ve played before, probably even harder than Park City," he said. "That’s because of the speed of the greens and the fact that there are a lot of bunkers. Park Meadows is known for its bunkers."
Lee said the greens were difficult to navigate early, but he figured out the speed, leading to his success Thursday.
"You have to aim below the hole," he said. "And when you’re above the hole, you have to give it a nice little tap and hope it drops."
Park City can take six players to the state meet at Soldier Hollow Oct. 7-8, where the Miners will go for their eighth-straight 3A title. Murphy said Schow, Lee, Drew Fleming and Jack Hanskat have all but secured their spots, leaving two spots open.
"We’ve had four of our guys step up and establish themselves as state players," he said. "We’ll have to see how the last two spots shake out. The pressure is definitely on for the last couple spots. I want to see how those guys respond to that pressure."
If Tsandes keeps carding rounds in the 70s, Murphy said the freshman will earn one of the last two spots.
"Dean came in with a 77 today after a 75 last week, so he’s right there as well," he said. "He’s playing with confidence and his swing looks good. It’s going to be a tough decision."
The Miners have one more Region 10 match before the state tournament. Fortunately, Murphy said, it’ll serve as a great state tournament preview.
"I’m excited about Soldier Hollow next week, especially since it’s on the Gold Course, which is the state site," he said. "That’ll keep us sharp."
Murphy said he plans to use the Soldier Hollow match to determine the final state roster. From there, he said, the Miners will have to work on maintaining their solid play during the two-week break before the state tourney.
"This is how it’s been every year," he said. "We’ll usually set up some dual matches with Wasatch or another team, just to make sure their focus is still there. We also put together some fun practice rounds to try to keep them fresh and peaking at the right moment."
Lee said he and his teammates are confident they can play well at Soldier Hollow, especially with how often they play on that course.
"We’re really privileged to play there a lot," he said. "It’s a course all of our players can go low at and it’s a fun course, too."
Park City’s final Region 10 match is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Soldier Hollow’s Gold Course. Players will begin teeing off at 9 a.m.
Thursday at Park Meadows
Mitchell Schow — 65
Cole Lee — 72
Dean Tsandes — 77
Jack Wright — 84
Jack Hanskat — 84
Drew Fleming — 85
Josh Lansky — 86
Zane Schemmer — 90
Region 10 Team Scores
Park City — 298
Stansbury — 337
Union — 338
Tooele — 340
Grantsville — 408
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Tosh Martin, a Park City High School junior, was the Miners’ sole selection to the Class 4A UHSAA All-State soccer first team.