by Catherine Garrett
FARMINGTON–Farmington High may be a first-year school, but its golfers are anything but new to the sport. Through boundary changes, the Phoenix squad has a solid varsity lineup that is already at the top of Region 5.
“Quite honestly, we inherited some really good golfers and some really good kids,” FHS assistant golf coach Travis Nokes said.
“There’s so many boys that I could talk about,” said head coach Eric Bumstead. “One of the greatest assets of our team is our depth.”
In the first region match at Schneiter’s Riverside Aug. 8, junior Braxton Watts shot a 7-under 65 to win medalist honors and led Farmington to a first-place finish as a team – all without having matching apparel as new uniforms haven’t come in yet for the new school.
“Braxton had a phenomenal day,” Nokes said. “He’s always a good golfer, but he had an especially good day.”
Sophomore Willard Richards, who Nokes said is “playing extremely confidently and consistently,” shot a 69, while senior Jarmon Jorgensen (71), junior Ben Seely (75), senior Connor Knowles (75), sophomore Cole Cipriano (76), sophomore Riley Law (82) and sophomore Dax Egan (86) also added to the score of 280.
At Lakeside on Aug. 16, Farmington again placed first, led by Seely’s 68 that put the junior in second place. Knowles (70) tied for third while Richards (72) came in sixth and Jorgensen (75) tenth.
“”Things went well,” Nokes said. “Although it was a bit tighter, we were able to pull out another victory. Super proud of how our Farmington boys played.”
“Our one-through-six players are really solid and will be shooting close to even par,” Bumstead said. “It allows us to not have to worry about one player shooting good every match.”
Bumstead has been a golf professional for nearly two decades while Nokes began playing golf in his mid-to-late 20s. The two have been friends for years and are excited to team up and help establish the Farmington golf program. “We want to emphasize having fun while playing golf,” Bumstead said. “There are also a lot of life experiences that can be taught through the game that we want these boys to realize.”
Others on the 2018 squad who has its sights set on the region championship – and making a splash at state – are senior Cole Larsen; juniors Conner Cahoon, Spencer Hintze, Max Kraus and Parker Thompson; sophomores Daxton Egan, Quinton Marchant and Luke Thomas; and freshmen Caleb Miller and Tylan Solomon.
Farmington is also scheduled for tournaments at Valley View Aug. 20, Eagle Mountain Aug. 27 and Bountiful Ridge Aug. 29, Sun Hills Sept. 6, The Barn Sept. 10, Eaglewood Sept. 12 and Glen Eagle Sept. 17 before the Region 5 championship in late September. The 5A tournament is scheduled for Oct. 3-4 at Glen Eagle.
“We’re really excited for now and for the future,” Nokes said.