They really stepped it up today. I'm so excited for our guys; they are like family to me. —Park City coach George Murphy
ST. GEORGE — Park City panned for gold and hit pay dirt Thursday at Sunbrook Golf Course.
On the strength of four of the five lowest scores of the tournament, the Miners ran away with another 3A state high school golf championship, toppling their nearest competitor, Dixie, by a whopping 47 shots (582).
The victory surprised no one, as Park City was heavily favored, even coming down South to an unfamiliar course. But the margin of victory could raise an eyebrow of even the most ardent of Miner fans.
Behind the stellar play of Mitchell Schow, who took first (69, 73-142), followed by second-place finisher Drew Fleming (71, 74-145), Jalen Roberts for the podium sweep (74, 72-146) and Collin Steele, who took fifth (75, 74-149), Park City beat all odds and made it look easy; the odds being climate, course and year-round practice, or lack thereof.
The Miners made it look easy, but you wouldn't know it to talk to the coach.
Ever humble, Park City coach George Murphy had to see the scoreboard before celebrating.
They really stepped it up today," said Murphy. "I'm so excited for our guys; they are like family to me."
Dixie finished second with a team total of 619. Dixie's Taylor Yardley made the individual honors interesting with rounds of 72 and 75 (147) for fourth place overall.
The battle for third place was settled by Desert Hills, finishing a close two-strokes behind Dixie at 621.
Tooele's Braxton Quinn tied for fifth in individual play at 149.
As usual, in golf, individual scores don't always tell the whole story.
Ask Union's Austin Jaramillo.
Except for an unfortunate bounce on the island hole, Jaramillo had an opportunity to tie for second place overall. He came to the island hole 1-under-par but left 5-over. After hitting the flag and missing a birdie by an inch on the next hole (bridge hole), Jaramillo birdied two of the final four holes to tie for ninth place.
Park Citys Schow finished 2-under for the tournament with medalist honors.
"Yesterday, I played solid," Schow said. "Today, I scrambled."
All around, the Miners were well satisfied with the two days of golf.
Fleming, who birdied the island hole and made par from behind the bushes on the next hole, said he hit great irons, and Roberts, Park City's captain, admitted he couldn't ask for anything more.
"Right now, we have a psychological edge due to the track record of the great teams before us," said Murphy. "They set the bar high, and we don't want to be the ones who break it."
3A boys tournament
Sunbrook Golf Course
1. Park City 582; 2. Dixie 619; 3. Desert Hills 621; 4. Pine View 628; 5. Snow Canyon 635; 6. Union 637; 7. Tooele 641; 8. Richfield 673; 9. North Sanpete 675; 10. Uintah 679.
1. Mitchell Schow, Park City 142; 2. Drew Fleming, Park City 145; 3. Jalen Roberts, Park City 146; 4. Taylor Yardley, Dixie 147; 5 (tie). Collin Steel, Park City/Braxton Quinn, Tooele 149; 7 (tie). Taylor Cummings, Desert Hills/Dray Mathews, Pine View 150; 9 (tie). Nicklaus Britt, Dixie/Austin Jaramillo, Union 151; 11. Jayden Blanchard, Dixie 152; 12 (tie). Jordan Olsen, Desert Hills/Brodey Payzant, Snow Canyon/Jaylon Steck, Richfield/Colton Stratton, Juan Diego 154; 16. Noah Schone, Pine View 158; 17. Blake Amick, Desert Hills 159; 18 (tie). Kameron Plant, Desert Hills/David Lindsey, Snow Canyon/Marcus Bunn, Tooele/Bryce Blackham, North Sanpete 160.