The girls really kept their heads together today. It was great to see them buckle down and shoot some good scores in these conditions. —Rowland Hall coach Stacey Camacho
MIDWAY — In high school golf, only the four best out of six scores count toward the team totals, giving teams some leeway if one or two golfers have bad holes that add up to bad scores.
Defending champion Rowland Hall had no leeway whatsoever at Thursday’s 2A golf championship at Soldier Hollow Golf Course with just four golfers total, while most other teams fielded six.
However, it didn’t make any difference as all four Rowland Hall golfers were solid, good enough for another state championship, following up on last year’s title.
Led by medalist Zaria Thompson, who won individual honors for the second straight year, the Winged Lions compiled 267 points in the Modified Stableford scoring system, 21 more than Emery High, which took home the runner-up trophy.
It wasn’t an easy day on the Silver Course at Soldier Hollow with a steady wind contributing to a slow pace of play that stretched rounds to seven hours. But it didn’t faze the Rowland Hall girls.
“The girls really kept their heads together today,” said coach Stacey Camacho, who has won two state titles in two years. “It was great to see them buckle down and shoot some good scores in these conditions.”
Rowland Hall did have five players, but Lane Baker injured her neck late the season and couldn’t be replaced on the roster.
Thompson, who moved up from California last year to attend the private school in Salt Lake City, is a sophomore, and she also won the tournament last year. She had three birdies on the day (she shot 80) and said the key to her round was “staying positive during the long round.”
She was also proud of her teammates for sticking together to win the team title.
“It was great having just four girls and coming out to win again,” she said. “We all did our best and in the end it was good enough for us to win.”
Other members of the winning team were sisters Maddie Kwun and Caity Kwun, who earned 80 and 67 points, respectively, and freshman Ali Puri, who had 38 points.
Beaver finished in third place with 216 points, followed by Grand County at 214 and Delta at 204.
Emery’s Taijah Price was third overall with 74 points, followed Emery’s Sydnee Guymon with 72 points and Beaver’s Hayven Willden with 68.