It was close, our closest one ever. We didn’t know this year coming in where we stood. It was a hard-fought battle, but Katie coming in under par was amazing and Megan was even par. They played their guts out. —Desert Hills coach Laurie Dyer
WEST JORDAN — As they posed for pictures with their large state championship trophy, the girls on the Desert Hills golf team each extended their hands in the air with all their fingers showing.
The girls weren’t waving goodbye, but signifying the fifth-straight girls 3A golf title Desert Hills has won. The latest came Thursday at Mountain View Golf Course, where the Thunder compiled a score of 322 in the modified Stableford scoring system to edge out fellow St. George school, Dixie, which finished with a score of 314.
For the second straight year, Desert Hills golfer Katie Perkins won medalist honors, this time shooting a 3-under-par 69 for 93 points for her team. Perkins’ teammate, Megan Welch, was three strokes behind in a tie with Dixie’s Gracie Richins at 72.
“It was close, our closest one ever,’’ said Desert Hills coach Laurie Dyer. “We didn’t know this year coming in where we stood. It was a hard-fought battle, but Katie coming in under par was amazing and Megan was even par. They played their guts out.’’
Perkins shot a 72 last year to beat Welch by two shots after finishing second by a shot as a freshman.
“It’s amazing. I’ve worked so hard for it,’’ said Perkins.
She said her short game was a key as she was able to get up and down after missing some greens. She also “drained some long putts,’’ including a 15-footer at No. 13 for birdie, and she said she hit the ball straight all day.
Perkins got choked up when asked about the team victory, saying, “It means a lot to our team. It’s our fifth-straight win. It feels really good — we worked really hard for it.’’
Park City came in third place at 310, followed by Uintah at 294 and Bear River at 292. Pine View (284), Morgan (283), Carbon (282), Snow Canyon (271) and Stansbury (265) rounded out the top 10.
Among the individuals, Justine Connell of Juan Diego was fourth with a 74, Pine View’s Taylor Bandley shot 78, Desert Hills' Kyla Smith tied Uintah’s Nicole Begay at 79, while Dixie’s Mikayla Frei and Morgan’s Olivia Anderson tied at 82.
Things look bright for the future at Desert Hills as the Thunder lose just one senior, Welch, from this year’s team. Besides Perkins, a junior, and Smith, a sophomore, the other three Thunder players who competed Thursday — Allie Brandt (junior), Abby Morris (freshman) and Bailee Carmack (sophomore) — will all be back next year.