SALT LAKE CITY — The golf course in the central Utah town of Beaver might soon become a bigger tourist attraction.
For the third straight year, Beaver High School won the 2A boys state golf championship. The team comprised of Braxton Williams, Dallon Murdock, Hunter Hansen, Taylor Yardley, Smokey Osborn and Chris Kline came to the state's capital and captured the trophy.
Coach Mark Yardley was doused with water in the warm sun immediately after it was official. For Yardley, whose unorthodox tactics include long-distance running for his players, it will be the last of his title wins.
"I'm retiring after this," he said. "It was a great effort by the kids and they deserve it. They worked hard all year."
Taking the best four scores over two days, Beaver finished with 588 strokes. Rowland Hall was second (625) and Grand third (630). Caleb Chodosh of Rowland Hall carded a 70-73-143 to take medalist honors.
Perhaps the best effort, however, was turned in by Kollin Keel of Millard, who shot an 87 Monday, but took an amazing 17 strokes off that total the second day.
The tournament was played under virtually perfect weather conditions. Skies were clear both days, the temperature was comfortable (75-80 degrees), and virtually no wind.
Yardley said he was not aware of any special plans by the school to honor the Beavers' efforts, but mentioned a sign along I-15 west of town might be good idea. He also praised the city's course — Canyon Breeze — and the role it played.
"We have a great course and it prepares the kids well," Yardley said. "People who come to play it think it's easy, and then it eats them up. It's a shorter course and makes you play 'target golf.' There are water hazards on almost every hole."?
By comparison, the longer, but mostly open fairways at Rose Park seemed much easier. Murdock had the tournament's low score (68) Monday and four Beaver played finished in the top 10. Yardley said he wouldn't be surprised if several of his players go on to play golf in college — probably at Southern Utah or Dixie State.
Rose Park Golf Course
1, Beaver 588. 2, Rowland Hall 625. 3, Grand 630. 4, Manti 635. 5, Millard 646. 6, Waterford 650. 7, Richfield 653. 8, Summit Academy 670. 9, South Summit 683.
143 – Caleb Chodosh, Rowland Hall (70-73)
144 – Nicklaus Britt, Millard (72-72)
145 – Dale Thomas, Grand (70-75)
146 – Dallon Murdock, Beaver (68-78)
147 – Braxton Williams, Beaver (73-74), Jay T. Anderson, Waterford (75-72)
148 – Hunter Hansen, Beaver (74-74)
152 – Taylor Yardley, Beaver (77-75), Joe Barton, Manti (73-79)
153 – Smokey Osborn, Beaver (80-73), Hunter Butterfield, Grand (77-76)
154 – Jaylon Steck, Richfield (77-77)
155 – Kody Quarnberg, Manti (76-79)
156 – Garret Furubayashi, Rowland Hall (82-74)
157 – Kollin Keel, Millard (87-70), Hudson Chapple, ALA (76-81), Mason Powell, Gunnison (76-81)
Rose Park Golf Course
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