FRUIT HEIGHTS – The Fremont High Boys ‘Golf Team is tied for second place at 3 on par after the first round of the 6A Boys’ Golf Tournament at Davis Park. The Silverwolves are 12 strokes behind reigning state champion Lone Peak, who shot 9 under.
Jett Iverson (1-plus), Chase Burton (1-plus), Jack Wadsworth (1-plus) and Luke Dalebout (2-plus) are the golfers whose scores count towards the Fremont team score at this time. .
Golfers had to face some of the state’s best players as well as an exceptionally dry golf course, thanks to the combination of a hot and windy summer amid a historic drought.
But there is also some underlying ill will of some schools towards others at this time.
Utah County-based Region 4 hosted the first round of their regional tournament at Davis Park in Kaysville last Monday, according to school calendars on the Lone Peak and Skyridge High websites.
Previously, Region 4 was required to play at least one round of its regional tournament at the Timpanogos Golf Club in Provo, the course that was originally intended to host the State 6A tournament.
For several reasons, including some issues with course conditions, the UHSAA has changed the location of the state tournament from TGC to Davis Park.
So last Monday, Region 4 golfers played at Davis Park instead, then played the second round of their regional tournament the next day at Talons Cove in Saratoga Springs.
According to the UHSAA handbook, practice at state tournament venues is prohibited within two weeks of the state tournament for all sports except tennis and golf.
It was perfectly legal for Region 4 to play a round of their regional tournament at the state tournament site, but some coaches and athletic directors were rubbed the wrong way, especially since the other three regions of 6A have organized their regional tournaments elsewhere.
Lone Peak and Corner Canyon had to be the best teams in the tournament anyway, but given the incredibly dry course conditions at Davis Park after a long summer in the midst of the drought, it didn’t hurt to play 18 holes. competition on the same course. a week earlier.
In Monday’s first round, the tee shots got dozens of extra yards of roll, the greens were quick and the rough dried up with lots of exposed dirt which gave unpredictable bounces whenever golfers missed the fairway .
The players were hitting approach shots and shouting âCome on! To the ball until it hits a parched fringe and rolls onto a fast green, at which point the players shouted “Sit!” “
A Roy High player hit his tee shot to the right and under a tree at the eighth hole and passed his second shot, but the ground was so dry and the ball had so much topspin that once it hit a spot of exposed dirt, the ball flew through the rough, between two trees and in a decent position to attack the green.
It was like golf without the coastal weather, the foot long fescue grass and the potted bunkers. And after a hot and windy Monday, the course will likely play out the same on Tuesday.
Or, as one golfer from Roy said to his teammates, it was hard to play on “that dead, hard ground.” I couldn’t go under.
Still, there were a lot of birdies and low scores to be had. Eleven players finished under par and two more, both from Farmington High, shot under par.
The individual leaders are Ryker Lind, a freshman from Herriman and Preston Smithson, senior from Lone Peak, at 5 under par 66.
A quartet of players from Region 1 shot 1-under: Zak Richins of Layton, Jalen Martinez of Syracuse, Jett Iverson of Fremont and Cooper Cannon of Layton.
Richins had seven birdies, but four bogeys and a double bogey did a top-to-bottom lap.
Iverson was 3 under the first five holes, bugged the 10th and 11th holes and went the rest of the way.
Martinez and Cannon had similar rounds, playing the first nine holes several under par before struggling on the last nine.
SEASON ENDED FOR FALL 2A BASEBALL TEAMS
The 2021 baseball season ended in the playoffs on Saturday for the St. Joseph High and Utah Military Academy baseball teams, both of which play in the Fall Division 2A.
WBU, the No. 5 seed in the state tournament, lost 16-1 to American Heritage. AH scored 13 points in the first inning and won under the 15 point rule. The Thunderbirds finished this season 6-7-1.
No. 9 seed St. Joseph played one game first before he could advance to the main draw. The Jayhawks beat No. 8 WBU-Camp Williams 13-4 in the preliminary game before falling 15-0 to No. 1 APA-West Valley.
The Jayhawks finished the year with a 2-14 record.