SARATOGA SPRINGS — Even though her team was the defending 6A girls champions and held a 10-stroke lead after Monday’s first round, Knights’ coach Gina Higbee, expected more from her team.
“We did exactly what we talked about yesterday,” she said. “The plan going into today was we were really going to manage the golf course. We stayed out of the long grass a lot more today. We really managed the golf course today. It was awesome."
The Knights listened well as they came through Tuesday with a 296 total at Talons Cove Golf Course, 12 strokes better than Day 1, which gave them a comfortable 26-shot victory over Davis, which also improved by six shots over the first round.
While Lone Peak easily won the team title — its third championship in four years — Bingham’s Carissa Graft not only won the individual title, she practically lapped the field after adding a 6-under-par 66 to her first day 65 in setting a new state record.
Her 131 total was six shots better than teammate Tess Blair, who had won the individual trophy the past two years. Blair matched Graft’s 65 of the first day, but her first-round 72 gave her a 137 total. Both players have earned golf scholarships for next year with Graft heading to Indiana Tech and Blair to Sacramento State.
Despite the low scores, Bingham could only manage a fourth-place finish as the Miners didn’t have enough depth to challenge for the team title, having to count scores of 89 and 110 in the best four-of-six scoring format.
The Miners finished at 675, well behind third-place Herriman, while Pleasant Grove finished fifth at 709.
The well-balanced Knights had three golfers finish in the top 10 as senior Abbey Porter led the way at 143 with scores of 75 and 68, while freshman Berlin Long tied for fifth at 146 with scores of 75 and 71. Senior Lauren Taylor came in tied for seventh at 148.
Junior Maybel Harris finished at 172, senior Ashley Higbee came in at 173 and freshman Miranda Schulthies finished at 175. Besides the top six, another half dozen golfers on the Knights’ squad joined in the celebration afterward on the 18th green.
“Even the girls who didn’t play (contributed),” Gina Higbee said. “The team camaraderie is special.”
Westlake’s Alina Vannarath, who was second after the first day, finished third at 141, while Riverton’s Hallie Parkin tied for fifth.
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- Lone Peak, 604; 2. Davis, 630; 3. Herriman, 645; 4. Bingham, 675; 5. Pleasant Grove, 709; 6. Riverton, 711; 7. Northridge, 712; 8. Westlake, 729: 9. Copper Hills, 735; 10. Weber, 736.
131 — Carissa Graft, Bingham (65-66)
137 — Tess Blair, Bingham (72-65)
141 — Alina Vannarath, Westlake (69-72)
143 — Abbey Porter, Lone Peak (75-68)
146 — Berlin Long, Lone Peak (75-71); Hallie Parkin, Riverton (74-72)
148 — Lauren Taylor, Lone Peak (74-74); Caylyn Ponich, Davis (78-70)
155 — Millie Terrion, Herriman (79-76); Kennedy McNeel, Herriman (83-72); Abbi Cowan, Northridge (79-76)