The Park City golf team just couldn't get in sync at the state championship at Soldier Hollow. The Miners won the Region 10 crown by 98 strokes over the season. At state they finished second to Uintah by a mere two strokes, and, by most accounts, the team didn't strut its best golf.
At the conclusion of the tournament, coach Tim Jeffrey gathered his players around him and told them he was proud of them and that they didn't lose it, rather Uintah just played better.
A few days later Jeffrey conceded, "We're still trying to figure out what happened. I'll take the blame," he said. "I just didn't get the team prepared."
One thing that was noticeable was that not a player on the team could put together two consistent rounds. Two players did well on the first day but couldn't get their rounds together on the second. And those who didn't do well on the first day all went lower on the second.
Thus, ironically, the four counting scores for the Miners were bunched together consecutively starting with Michael Coopman's 160, which tied for 10th place on the individual list. Sam Bell's 161 put him at 11th, and Greg Method, Thomas Kearns and Zac Fear followed in order. Even Grady Zieglowski's score was only two more strokes back. Five players in the top 15 and all six in the top 20. That would usually get the job done.
During the regular season, Sam Bell shot four rounds of 75. Michael Coopman posted a 66 at a tournament in Vernal. "But he needs to improve his consistency," said Jeffrey. "He had a few scores in the 80s."
Jeffrey also noted that he needs to improve his confidence, but as freshman that is understandable and will surely improve in the next three years. Bell will be back for his senior year, and Jeffrey said, "He needs to work on his putting."
Fear returns as a senior, and the others graduate.
Next year looks bright for the Miners. "We have more freshmen than we have ever had in the past," said Jeffrey.
Team success will depend on development, but Jeffrey believes the Miners will compete for a region championship. He just hopes they will be ready for the state tournament."Overall we had a successful season," Jeffrey said.