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High school golf: Coach's daughter wins 4A title

Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 9:37 p.m. MDT

Katie Paulsen of Timpview hits out of the sand during the 4A girls high school golf tournament in Midway, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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MIDWAY — For Bonneville coach Blair Garner, it was a "perfect ending" at the 4A girls golf tournament Wednesday at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course.

Not only did the Lakers win their second straight 4A title, but Lea Garner, the coach's daughter, was the medalist. She shot a 1-over-par 73, which translated to an 89 in the Stableford scoring system, used for the girls' tournament.

The Lakers won their second straight 4A golf title, edging Region 5 rival Box Elder by seven points in the Stableford scoring system, 241-234.

"Our girls worked so hard, I'm really proud of them," said coach Garner. "It seemed like we had to work so much harder this year. It's a little bit harder when everyone expects you to win."

Besides Lea Garner's 73, the Lakers counted an 85 from Jamie Garner (no relation to Blair and Lea), an 88 by Kenzi Kendell, and a 94 by Tallie Alder. The other Bonneville players were Analee Chadwick (95) and Annika Hunter (98).

"That's really cool to win," said Lea Garner, who had finished second last year. "I just tried to play my own game today."

Garner, who is going to BYU on a scholarship next year, had four birdies on the day and played the front nine in 2-under-par 34. She said she struggled a bit on the back nine, but made some good up-and-downs.

"My approach shots were really good today," she said. "I just tried to keep focused."

Orem's Kim Nyhus and Box Elder's McCall Uyematsu tied for second with scores of 76 (86 in Stableford), while defending champion Monica Yeates of Timpanogos was fourth with a 77 (85).

Rounding out the top 10 among the individuals were Bonneville's Jamie Garner, Box Elder's Mallory Marx, Bonneville's Kendell, Logan's Kathleen Miller, Bountiful's Carly Anderson and Skyline's Alex Marble, Hillcrest's Audrey Kriss and Herriman's Alyssa Colby, who each tied for 10th.

Finishing third behind Bonneville and Box Elder was Orem, followed by Skyline, Timpview, Hillcrest, Highland and Logan.

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4A Girls golf

Individuals

73 — Lea Garner, Bonneville

76 — McCall Uyematsu, Box Elder; Kim Nyhus, Orem

77 — Monica Yates, Timpanogos

84 — Jamie Garner, Bonneville

86 — Mallory Marx, Box Elder

88 — Kenzi Kendell, Bonneville; Kathleen Miller, Logan; Carly Anderson, Bountiful

89 — Alex Marble, Skyline; Audrey Kriss, Hillcrest; Alyssa Colby, Herriman

90 — Andra Walker, Box Elder; Melissa Muir, Skyline; Alex Larsen, Skyline; Alexis Schmid, Skyline; Madi Whitehead, Timpview; Haley Case, Roy

91 — Caitlin Croft, Highland; Janice Kim, Logan

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