PROVO — As the scores rolled in on a cloudy Thursday afternoon at East Bay golf course in Provo, minutes before the skies would open up and dump rain on the course, the Ridgeline golf team huddled together in anticipation.
“Coming down, we had no idea what to expect. I hoped we'd make the cut, I didn’t have any idea that we’d be in the lead. I’m just pleased with how not just the best of our players, but all of the players, played,” Ridgeline head coach Dan Roskelley said.
The team cried tears of joy as it became apparent that they were the 2019 state champions.
“When I started playing golf freshman year, I didn’t think that it was going to be possible, but we’ve had a great group of girls for the past three years to make this possible,” Ridgeline low scorer Alexis Wilson said.
Ridgeline finished the afternoon with a two-day team score of 662. Park City ended with a score of 675 to take second place, and Desert Hills scored 683 to take the bronze medal.
Alexis Wilson shined for Ridgeline, finishing with a two-day score of 147 — shooting a 72 on Day 1 and 75 on Day 2.
“She’s been, I think, the low player in everything that we’ve played in all year. That’s a ton of pressure, the more you go along that way. She played well down here,” Roskelley said. “She kind of shoulders the responsibility for the whole team, and worries about them, and mothers them a little bit. I love that part of it.”
Being called a state champion is something that will take a little bit of time to get used to for Wilson.
“Yeah, it feels weird. These past two days were really a grind. Getting off the tee was really a struggle, so I had to make up for it in other areas. Today, it was trying to keep everything together,” Wilson said.
Mak Tenhoeve shot a 162 (83 on Day 1, 79 on Day 2) over the two days, good for second-best on the team. Sara Fujimoto finished with a 182 (93 on Day 1, 89 on Day 2) for third-best on the squad.
“She’s a go-getter, she goes from player to player and cares about the other ones, how they’re playing,” Roskelley said of Tenhoeve.
Roskelley said that he and his team didn’t know they had won until the 18th hole, when Park City’s coach congratulated them.
“I told the girls, don’t get fixated on the end product. Work hard on each individual shot and just do that — don’t worry about the result,” Roskelley said.
Lehi’s Lila Galea’i took home individual medalist honors with a two-day score of 138, shooting a 70 on the first day and 68 on the second. Wilson finished in second with 147, Grace Donahue of Park City finished third with a score of 150, Annabelle Millard of Dixie placed fourth with a score of 152 and Pine View’s Bailia Milne rounded out the top five with a 156.
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1. Ridgeline, 662; 2. Park City, 675; 3. Desert Hills, 683; 4. Uintah, 703; 5. Dixie, 708; 6. Lehi, 716; 7. Bear River, 744; 8. Cedar, 763; 9. Bonneville, 768; 10. Stansbury, 783; 11. Juan Diego, 804
- 138 — Lila Galea’i, Lehi
- 147 — Alexis Wilson, Ridgeline
- 150 — Grace Donahue, Park City
- 152 — Annabelle Millard, Dixie
- 156 — Bailia Milne, Pine View
- 158 — Maicee Smuin, Uintah
- 161 — Abby Leitze, Desert Hills
- 162 — Mak Tenhoeve, Ridgeline
- 163 — McKenzie Schow, Park City; Meghan Pierce, Uintah, Rheagen Hartfiel, Bear River