RICHFIELD — The Beaver girls golf team claimed its first state title in school history in dominant fashion on Tuesday at Cove View Golf Course.
Led by medalist Tyra Eyre, Beaver rolled to the 2A state title finishing with a one-day total of 383 strokes, well ahead of second-place Millard’s 449 strokes. Defending 2A state champion Rowland Hall finished third with 461 strokes.
A year ago, Beaver finished five shots behind Rowland Hall for the state title, and that loss served as motivation throughout this season to take the next step as a program.
“Bringing home the first girls golf state championship was exciting beyond belief. All of our girls played their hearts out and did not let their fears control their games. We have spent time working on our mental games because in the past we have played well all season, but when we played at state, our girls struggled,” said Beaver coach Marilee Eyre.
She credit’s Beaver’s lone senior, Brailee Robinson, for setting a great example for her younger teammates this year.
“We worked on focusing our energy toward making good shots instead of worrying about winning and making bad shots. These girls have not missed practice and have worked together all year to play as a team,” said Marilee Eyre.
Beaver finished with five golfers in the top 10 individuals.
Leading the way was junior Tyra Eyre, who shot a 91 to claim 2A medalist honors two strokes ahead of teammate Robinson and St. Joseph’s Emma Dulaney.
Rowland Hall’s Sophie Stinnett finished fourth with a 97, followed by Beaver’s Amelia Harris in fifth with a 99.
Coach Marilee Eyre praised her medalist for setting a high bar for her teammates to look up to.
“She has been a role model for our team both on and off the course. She always comes to practice on time and spends extra time practicing on her own to perfect her game. She is a team leader and willingly sacrifices for others,” said Marilee Eyre. “She is always positive and finds fun ways to boost the positive energy for our team by decorating the golfers’ lockers or surprising them with thoughtful, unexpected gifts.”
With just the one senior, Beaver will have another strong team next year as it tries to establish a golfing tradition at the school.
Team scoresComment on this story
- Beaver, 383; 2. Millard, 449; 3. Rowland Hall, 461; 4. Waterford, 464; 5. Draper APA, 468; 6. Layton Christian, 474; 7. North Summit, 477.
- 91 — Tyra Eyre, Beaver
- 93 — Emma Dulaney, St. Joseph; Brailee Robinson, Beaver
- 97 — Sophie Stinnett, Rowland Hall
- 99 — Amelia Harris, Beaver
- 100 — Valerie Harris, Beaver
- 101 — Faith Meza, Layton Christian; Fiona Simister, North Summit
- 102 — Emrie Robinson, Beaver
- 103 — Jossalyne Foster, Draper APA
- 105 — Chaasey Eyre, Beaver; Eliza Huefner, Waterford