KAYSVILLE--The Davis High girls golf team has replaced five seniors from last year’s third place team at the 5A state tournament in 2016, including two college players – 2016 5A medalist Laura Gerner, who’s at Idaho State, and top-five player Jessica Sloot, who plays for Colorado State.
The Darts hope to defend their Region 2 title with some returning golfers – a solid freshman class from a year ago that includes Brooklyn Halliday, Kylie Neilsen and Katelyn Day; junior Ashley Nokes and senior Lily Barnes. Newcomer Caylyn Ponich, the brother of top Davis boys golfer Cole, is a “rock star,” according to head coach Lori Salvo, and is already making a name for herself this season. Through the first three tournaments, Ponich has two first place finishes at Davis Park March 16 and at Stonebridge March 21, and a second placing showing at Valley View March 22, where Nielsen placed first.
“The first three matches have been awesome,” Salvo said. “For each match, the top eight players have been mixed up every tournament, so our girls are very competitive and working hard to get one of the varsity sports. We are working to stay on top. It has been a great team effort!”
Also on the 17-player squad are juniors Brea Johnston, Ashley Nokes and Liv Sloot; sophomores Kaitlyn Bland, Maddi Deamer, Jenny Ensign, Sophey Henderson, Rachel Taggart and Ashley Volk; and freshmen Elle Anderson, Emily Campbell.
“We have some big shoes to fill as we try to achieve our goal of being the best team in 5A golf,” Salvo said.
“We are young, but we have a very competitive group and are working really hard to be the best.”
Salvo is being assisted by Cydnie Fox on the coaching staff.
Davis is scheduled for tournaments against Hunter at The Ridge April 17, Syracuse at Glen Eagle April 19, Viewmont at Lakeside April 24 and West at Rose Park April 27. The Region 2 tournament is May 2 at Schneiter’s Bluff. The 5A state tournament is scheduled for May 15-16 at Davis Park.
“We are excited for this year and are working hard on the team thing,” Salvo said.