GCHS boys golfers continue winning streak during home tournament
by Mary Rice
contributing writer
Sep 27, 2012 | 1371 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Grand County High School boys golf team took home yet another win at their home tournament last Wednesday, Sept. 19 on the Moab Golf Course. The team headed to the Region 15 competition in Richfield with a solid lead in the region.

The Devils shot an overall team score of 320, one stroke lower than they finished in their last competition. Senior Dale Thomas was once again the team’s top player, shooting a 74 on the course, followed by Tyson Saggboy with a 79, Hunter Butterfield with an 81, Jace Woodard with 83, and Kris Kemp, Braden Ward, and Anthony Shepardson, who all shot 86.

“We did pretty good,” said head coach Steve Hazlett. “I think we gave a better showing compared to what we had been doing previously this season... Our first match of the season was good, this one was good, but the ones in the middle were pretty mediocre and I’m glad we’ve kind of come out of that.”

Hazlett said there have been some upsets among individual team members, with underclassmen shooting well enough to displace some of the more senior players.

“Braden Ward, a freshman, shot an 86, and actually at practice today he beat out several sophomores and seniors to play at region and state,” Hazlett said. “And Jace [Woodard] and Tyson [Sagg-boy] are underclassmen too.”

Despite the fact that many of the Red Devil players are young this year, Hazlett said he does not believe winning region will be a problem.

“At this point, we’re 60 strokes ahead of everyone else in region.” he said. “So unless we don’t show up, unless we break down on the road and don’t show up, we’ll win region.”

Grand was scheduled to compete in the region tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 26 on the Richfield Golf Course. Hazlett said the Red Devils are expected to compete well at the state Utah High School Athletic Association competition Oct. 1-2 in Salt Lake City.

“Because of our region lead, right now we’re looking forward and facing state,” said Hazlett. “We’ve got some tough teams there. Beaver has always been strong, and a couple of other schools like North and South Summit are always tough teams. I think to place in the top four or five at state is pretty good. We took second last year, and I think if we get all four of our guys to be doing well on the same day, we should be competitive with Beaver. But the competition will still be tough.”

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.