Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Richfield golfer Brett Smith watches his shot at the 2A tournament. His two-day total of 167 at Soldier Hollow put him in ninth place overall.

The Richfield Wildcats fielded a senior-laden team and expected a better finish at the recent 2A state golf tournament.

Solder Hollow presented a little bit longer course than the team was used to playing. High winds swirled on the first day, and, of course, there was that added pressure. Coach Carl Anderson believes it was the pressure more than anything that caused the Wildcats to falter.

"The last five weeks of the season we were playing consistent," he said. "They didn't do well at the start then just could never get in it."

Anderson didn't say whether Rowland Hall's total domination intimidated his team or not, but he did acknowledge that nobody was going to beat them this year. He was just a little disappointed on how his team responded to the pressure.

"We just didn't quite get it done," he concluded.

The Wildcats finished in fourth place at state this year. And next year he will basically be starting over.

Five of his six players graduate, including Brett Smith, who did manage a 167 two-day total good for ninth place. Smith made all-state last year and will more than likely make it this year. Tyson Bliss came in with a respectable 184 and he will be the only returnee next year.

"We have a couple of younger kids waiting in the wings," said Anderson.

John Langston will be a junior and Zack Carter will be a senior. Both will be expected to step up and help Richfield defend its region title.

Anderson said his squad got off to a slow start early in the season but came around and played consistently most of the time.

"All in all, it was a favorable year," he said.


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