By Catherine Garrett
Davis and Farmington took second place in their respective classifications at the state golf tournaments this past week. The Darts were eight shots back of Lone Peak at the 6A tournament Oct. 3-4 at Talons Cove while the Phoenix squad, in its first year, shot a 588 team score – to Skyline’s 569 – for the runner-up slot.
The defending state 6A champions struggled a bit the first day of this year’s tournament and found themselves in a tie for third place with Weber, 15 strokes back of eventual champion Lone Peak.
“We did not play our best on Day 1,” head coach Ben Horne said. “We were able to secure the second place trophy with good efforts from Cole Ponich and Coleman Cook.”
Davis was led by defending medalist Ponich who shot a 70 and 67 for the tournament and nearly forced a playoff with Lone Peak’s Zach Jones on the final hole before Jones holed an 80-foot putt to win by a stroke. The Darts’ team score was 597 to Lone Peak’s 569.
Cook, who tied for 13th place, had rounds of 78 and 72, Preston Wallace and Bradley Yu tied for 19th place with two-day totals of 155, Jack Sargent (79, 77), McKay Cook (79, 79) and Alex Yu (78, 81) also competed for Davis at the tournament.
Farmington placed second at the 5A tournament held Oct. 3-4 at Glen Eagle behind two top-10 finishes from Parker Thompson, who shot rounds of 72s for a tie for seventh place, and Willard Richards, who tied for ninth place with scores of 71 and 74.
Other finishers for the Phoenix squad were Braxton Watts (tied for 15th place), Ben Seely (tied for 18th place), Jarom Jorgensen (tied for 23rd) and Conner Knowles (tied for 43rd).
Bountiful tied for eighth place at the 5A state tournament. The Braves were led by Ben Shaw with scores of 73 and 82 that were good enough for a tie for 31st place.
Also finishing for the Braves were Isaac Brown (42nd place), Peyton Hale (tied for 49th), Sam Stobbe (tied for 61st), Carson Lewis (tied for 65th) and Devin Simon (tied for 67th).
“It was a good showing for us,” head coach Mike Maxwell said.
Viewmont’s Brandon Robison shot two rounds of 70 to tie for second place, just one shot off of medalist Zack Neff of Olympus at the 5A state tournament.
“Brandon had another amazing performance and really showed he is one of the very best in the state,” head coach Jeff Emery said.
The Vikings finished in fifth place as a team, playing their “very best team golf,” according to Emery, the first day with a 297 score thanks to Robison, Brayden Poloskey (74), Branson Oviatt (75), Spencer Richards (78) and Braxton Summers (79) shooting in the 70s.
“We didn’t play as well in the weather the second day, but we hung in and battled to a fifth place finish, which isn’t bad,” Emery said.
Poloskey tied for 23rd place, Oviatt tied for 28th, Richards tied for 36th, Summers tied for 56th and Sam Summerhays tied for 70th for Viewmont.
Woods Cross just missed the cut to continue on to the second day of the 5A state tournament, shooting a 318 – just two shots back of Wasatch High who was the final team in.
Schafer Iverson and Jacob Willes went on to play individually and they placed in ties for 52nd and 56th place, respectively.
Other Wildcats competing at state were Karson Bodily who shot an 82, Benjamin Wright 85, Cameron Hale 89 and Braxton Haslam 92.