MIDWAY On a gray, blustery day, the wind was the winner Monday at the 2A state golf championships at Soldier Hollow.
"Sometimes with pressure and this wind, you can match your worst score of the year," Beaver coach Mark Yardley said.
Beaver's 344 was the team's worst score of the year, but it was good enough for second place on this day.
Rowland Hall claimed the top spot at the halfway point with a 319. Coach Shawn MacQueen was happy considering the conditions.
"They just grinded the whole way," he said.
Rowland Hall's Tom Veghte straggled off the 18th green and looked like he was going to collapse. His 78 was one of only two rounds on the day that broke 80. The other was from teammate Carson Huiskamp, who came in with a 75.
Huiskamp put up a 37 on the back nine, which was virtually going head on into the wind.
"My goal was to just put it in the fairway," he said.
Huiskamp said he had never seen anything like putting in this wind. "The ball would be bouncing around before you could hit it."
Yet another Rowland Hall player, Quentin Morse grabbed third place by shooting 81.
"We have had a lot of depth all year long," MacQueen said.
Richfield's Brett Smith posted an 81 also, helping the Wildcats to a third-place start.
Yardley still believes the Beavers can make a comeback.
"We've still got a chance," he said.
Down 25 strokes, his team will have to have some miracles today, where weather most assuredly will be a factor once again.
MacQueen said his team is ready for any kind of weather."We won our region in a snowstorm," he said.