It was a banner year in golf for Carbon High.
"If someone told me at the beginning of the year that we would win our region and finish third at state, I wouldn't have believed them," said coach Tony Pinedo. "I am very happy with what we accomplished this year."
The Dinos have never won a state title in golf, but Pinedo recalls he had two other teams in the mid '90s that finished third. "That is as high as we've ever finished," he said. He added, "Shayne Burke was our cornerstone."
Burke was a standout and a leader for his entire four years, but everyone else was a surprise, not only during state but for the whole year. Pinedo lauded the play of seniors Jason Child and Ryan Nelson. He said, "They really improved from their junior season."
The coach's son, Jordan Pinedo, was only a sophomore but was the No. 2 player during the season. At state he wilted under the pressure. "I guess he had the sophomore jitters," said his father.
But as the only returnee on the team, he will be a leader with valuable experience under his belt. Another sophomore, Justin Child, whose brother Jason finished tied for sixth place in the individual standings, will return with a goal of making the team that goes to state. "He just narrowly missed this year," said Pinedo.
Pinedo also commented on older brother Jason: "He hit the ball pretty well (at state), but his putting was horrendous." Or he surely would have finished in the top five.
Two additional players Pinedo will count on for next year: Junior Josh Erramouspe and freshman Gage Bigelow.
Pinedo said that plans for next year include getting his players involved in Utah Junior Golf and playing a lot of tournaments during the summer. The coaches will have to take turns driving the players, and it will involve a lot of commitment on everyone's part.He concluded, "One of the biggest things they can do is to play other courses besides our own and compete against other good players."