BOUNTIFUL — Richfield’s Carly Jorgensen found out Tuesday that defending a state title isn’t easy.
The SUU-bound senior admitted feeling a lot of pressure throughout the 2A girls golf state tournament at Lakeside Golf Course, but when it mattered most last year’s 2A champ drew upon the valuable experience from a year ago.
“I was feeling a little bit of pressure on those last few holes and knew I needed to grind to get the job done,” said Jorgensen.
Trailing by one stroke after No. 13, Jorgensen regained the lead with a par on 14, and backed it up with a strong up-and-down par on 17 and then a quality bogey out of a hazard on 18 to clinch the individual title.
“I definitely felt a lot more pressure this year. Last year was kind of lucky. I didn’t really think I was going to win,” said Jorgensen.
Jorgensen took medalist honors by shooting a 78, which converted to 82 points in the modified Stableford scoring system used at girls tournaments (6 points for birdie, 5 for par, etc.).
South Summit’s Ashley Stubbs, who was second a year ago, finished second again this season by shooting an 81. Grand’s Jessica Pyatt shot 82 to finish third.
In addition to winning the individual championship, Jorgensen helped Richfield clinch the 2A team title for the second-straight year as the Wildcats racked up 266 Stableford points, with Beaver finishing second with 250 points and Rowland Hall close behind with 249.
Jorgensen, Aubrey Porter, Sloane Roundy, Brittany Franks, Lauren Poulsen and Keali Kimball contributed to the team title, and Roundy’s contributions were certainly the most surprising.
The senior had never golfed until a couple of months ago, but Jorgensen convinced her to give it a try. She was on integral part of the team all season, and on Tuesday she tied for ninth place overall by shooting a 95.
“If she wouldn’t have been there I don’t know if we could’ve gotten it done,” said Jorgensen. “She wasn’t nervous. She was like, 'Let’s just go do this thing.' She doesn’t care about golf — it’s not her sport — but she brought in a low enough score to help us win, and everyone else just did their job.”
For Roundy, the state title was the fifth of her high school career. She won state titles in basketball and volleyball her senior year, a volleyball title her junior year and another basketball title her freshman year.
1. Richfield, 266; 2. Beaver, 250; 3. Rowland Hall, 249; 4. South Summit, 244; 5. Millard, 224; 6. Grand, 194; 7. Waterford, 180; 8. Manti, 128.
78 — Carly Jorgensen, Richfield
81 — Ashley Stubbs, South Summit
82 — Jessica Pyatt, Grand
84 — Celest Chavez, Beaver
86 — Caity Kwun, Rowland Hall; Marissa Louder, Millard
90 — Grace Veghte, Rowland Hall
94 — McKayla Baldwin, South Summit
95 — Sloane Roundy, Richfield; Amy Emmett, Millard.
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