SALT LAKE CITY — It was anyone’s ballgame, er tournament, after the first day of the 3A golf championship, which had been played under near-perfect conditions with temperatures in the 70s at Mountain Dell Golf Course. Park City, Desert Hills and Dixie were all bunched within four strokes of each other with the Miners holding a slight one-shot edge.
But then came Thursday’s lousy weather for the second round featuring steady rain and temperatures in the mid-40s. Logically that favors a school from the mountains over a pair of teams from southern Utah where golf is played in the sun pretty much all year round.
That turned out to be the case as Park City shot even better than the first day and blew away the competition with a comfortable 19-stroke win over Dixie and 25 ahead of Desert Hills. The Miners shot 294 Thursday to go with their 302 total the day before.
“The last two or three weeks have been bad weather here and we’d be the only people out on the course playing,’’ said coach George Murphy. “They got used to playing in cold weather and they really played well. I’m proud of all of them.’’
Dixie coach Eron Demming discounted the weather as a factor and gave credit to Park City’s fine play as a team.
“Park City was tough today in those conditions, they were solid,’’ Demming said. “I’m proud of my boys, I didn’t hear one of them complain about the weather.’’
The individual race mirrored the team competition as Park City sophomore Mitchell Schow broke away from a one-stroke edge over Dixie’s Nicklaus Britt heading into the final round to shoot a shot lower than the first day. His second-round 68 gave him a 137 total and an eight-shot win over Desert Hills’ Taylor Cummings.
“For some reason I always play good in bad weather — I like it ,’’ said Schow. “I made a lot of putts out there and my short game was really good.’’
Joining Schow as a counter in the best four-of-six scoring were Harry Hanskat and Colton Kissell with 74s and Drew Fleming with a 78. Jalen Roberts and TJ Mayo, whose scores counted the first day, were the non-counters Thursday.
For Park City and Murphy, it was the sixth straight 3A title, and there are no signs of the Miners letting up. Along with Schow, Fleming is a sophomore and Roberts a junior.
“We’ve got three solid players coming back and some up-and-coming players chomping at the bit to be a part of this,’’ said Murphy.
Behind Mason Harris (153), Uintah finished fourth, followed by Snow Canyon in fifth place, which was led by Adam Miller at 150.
Among the individuals, Britt, Dixie’s Taylor Yaardley and Juab’s Dalton Jackson tied for third at 147, while Miller, Bear River’s Bridger Layton, Juan Diego’s Ryan Lowe and Stansbury’s Trey Osterud all tied at 150.
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