WOODS CROSS — With a state 4A title to defend, the Woods Cross High golf team is keeping their eye on the ball.
The team, which is currently leading Region 6, is staying on top of their game thanks to a strong leader and enough team depth to consistently keep their stroke totals low. Currently, the team is 13 strokes ahead of their nearest competition, with only a few more tournaments to play until the state finals.
“We have one player that can shoot under par consistently,” said head coach James Sheldon, talking about individual state championship winner Peyton Hastings. “And we have enough team depth that there are enough players who will back him up by shooting just over par. It’s a real advantage.”
Golf teams always bring eight players to each tournament, and the team scores are determined by combining the top four scores from each school. At the 2011 state tournament, held in Springville, the Wildcats took the title with a full 10-stroke lead. Hastings took the individual state title with a two-stroke lead.
This year, Woods Cross High has often won tournaments by 10 to 12 strokes over their nearest competition. Though the team took second to East High at this Monday’s competition, the team still managed to maintain their overall region lead.
“We’ve been shooting well,” Sheldon said.
The team has also had plenty of practice. Players practice daily Monday through Friday, and Sheldon puts them through a variety of drills to improve their performance on different aspects of the game. Putting drills focus on accuracy and control on the green, while range drills focus on long-distance shots.
“Eaglewood is our home course, so we practice there quite a bit,” said Sheldon, referring to the North Salt Lake golf course.
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