Second place isn't normally what teams shoot for when setting goals for the season. But that is the goal that the Layton Christian golf team set its sights on at the start of the golf season knowing how good Rowland Hall was.
And it paid off.
No one was going to beat Rowland Hall. Beaver and Richfield had each posted strong region wins and were expected to finish strong at state. Layton Christian slipped in ahead of Richfield to claim third in the state tournament.
"We are very happy with third place," said Eagles coach Mike Eltzroth. "This has been a very, very successful year."
With four seniors on his team, Eltzroth felt his team would do well at state which it did. However, it didn't quite play out as he expected.
Dustin Keyes ballooned to a 95 as he fought high winds in the first round.
"He has been around 80 all year," said Eltzroth. But he added, "The other seniors all shot five strokes lower than their average."
Those other seniors were Philip Six, Alex Eltzroth and Eric Stites. On the second day, Keyes cut 18 strokes off of his first round score and the others each shaved a few strokes resulting in a third-place finish.
For next year, Eltzroth is looking at four or five students in the junior high ranks and feels that his team can still be competitive. Logan Thompson and Jake Eltzroth are both freshman who will return next year.
"We have a great program because these kids have a lot of heart," said Eltzroth.The coach continued, "Next year we will be in a rebuilding year, but I feel confident that we can get to state even with a young team."