Park City High

Golf

Head Coach:

George Murphy
gmurphy@pcschools.us

Seniors:
Harry Hanskat
TJ Mayo
Kolton Kissell
Rob Morelli

Juniors:
Jalen Roberts
Tommy Halsey

Sophomores:
Mitchell Schow
Drew Fleming
Teddy Mason
Collin Lambert
Jake Overson

Freshmen:
Jack Lecher
Josh Lansky

Miners face tough test before state
PCHS boys' golf squares off against 4A, 5A champs
Adam Spencer, The Park Record
Posted: 10/04/2013 04:41:33 PM MDT

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Mitchell Schow putts at Park City Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon. Schow led the Miners with a...
With the state tournament coming up on Oct. 9 and 10 at Mountain Dell Golf Course in Parley's Canyon, Park City High School boys' golf coach George Murphy wanted to play a competitive tournament last week to keep his squad sharp.
So the Miners invited Maple Mountain, last year's 4A state champion and Brighton, last year's 5A state champion, to Park City Golf Course for a friendly match.
It didn't turn out to be what Park City had in mind, however. Despite a beautiful autumn day with only a slight breeze, the greens at Park City Golf Course were playing fast and hard on Tuesday.
"There were pretty tough conditions on the course," Murphy said. "Nothing was holding on the greens."
None of the golfers shot below par on the afternoon, with one player from Maple Mountain and one player from Brighton claiming top honors by carding 76s.
Mitchell Schow led the Miners by shooting a 78, with Drew Fleming's 81 following close behind.
"There were a lot of scores in the 80s and 90s out there," Murphy said. "They were three-putting everything and the pin placements were in tough spots."
Ultimately, Park City ended up losing to Brighton by three strokes and Maple Mountain by eight strokes.
Despite the tough outing, Murphy is encouraged by the team's chances at the state tournament.
"It was a good test," he said. "We took third, but it was fun. It was a good tune-up for state."
And, he added, getting some competitive golf in was important after only playing practice rounds the past couple weeks.
"We've been almost a week and a half without a competitive match," he said. "I didn't want to go three weeks without any competition leading into state."
Park City will face a tough task at Mountain Dell this week, with a target on its back. The Miners have won the last five 3A state tournaments, and this year's squad doesn't want to be the one to break that streak.
The state tournament will take place on Mountain Dell's Lake Course on Wednesday and Thursday.

PCHS senior golfers prep for state
Hanskat, Mayo, Kissell try to earn another state title
Adam Spencer, The Park Record
Posted: 09/27/2013 04:49:12 PM MDT

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Harry Hanskat, left, Colton Kissell, middle, and TJ Mayo practice at Mountain Dell Golf Course on...
On a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon at Mountain Dell Golf Course in Parley's Canyon, the Park City High School boys' golf team was the only group out on the Lake Course.
Practicing in the driving rainstorm that produced the first snow of the season in Park City, the group of five players and coach George Murphy finished five holes before finally calling it a day and heading back to the clubhouse.
Seniors Harry Hanskat, TJ Mayo and Colton Kissell looked miserable at the tee box for Hole #5, with their rain jackets drenched and hair soaked, waiting for Murphy's group to finish on the green.
But with the state tournament set to begin on Oct. 9 at Mountain Dell, the seniors aren't going to miss out on a chance to practice the course.
"It's tough in these conditions," Hanskat said. "But it brings the team closer, being out here together."
"It shows a lot about our team," Mayo added, "being out here trying to prepare and do the best we can."
For Mayo and Kissell, this year's tournament will be their first time competing at the state level. With a six-man team playing the course for Park City, Mayo said having everyone playing consistently over the two days will be a big focus.
"I have to play conservative and just shoot what I'm capable of shooting like a 75," he said. "That will take the pressure off the top four, who should put up good scores."
"I just need to stay consistent," Kissell added. "I need to stick to my game, just play golf and not worry too much about the competition."
For Hanskat, who will be appearing in his third state tournament, providing needed senior leadership will be important. Adding to the pressure, PCHS has won the last five 3A boys' golf state titles.
"There's definitely pressure to keep the run going," Hanskat said. "You never want to be that team that ended the streak."
This year's biggest competition is going to come from southern Utah, Hanskat said.
"We're looking at Dixie and Desert Hills," he said. "They have really strong teams this year. They're averaging about the same as we are, which we aren't used to seeing in region play. We're going to have to step up our game for sure and play a lot better than we did in region to have a good shot of winning this year."
That's why the Miners, who will also send sophomore Mitchell Schow and juniors Drew Fleming and Jalen Roberts to the state tournament, will brave the cold, rainy weather if they have to though they certainly wouldn't be opposed to having a warm, sunny course on Oct. 9 and 10.
"I think it definitely gives us an advantage that we can get out here [to Mountain Dell] a couple more times than them," Mayo said. "This is a tricky course with weird angles, so the practice helps us out a lot."
"Home-course advantage is always nice," Kissell added. "We are typically a long-hitting team, so it helps out that the par fives are short here, so we should be able to go under [par] on those. We've played here a lot, so we know where to be on what holes."
Park City will also host a tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Park City Golf Course. Last year's 4A state champion, 5A state champion and 5A runner-up will compete alongside Park City.
After that, the seniors and their teammates will get back to practicing at Mountain Dell as much as they can, working in rounds on other courses in Park City from time to time as well.
After all, they said, there's always room for improvement.
"We're working on sticking to a game plan," Hanskat said. "It's about knowing what you're going to hit off the tee and knowing what you're going to do on every hole and then sticking to it."
"We're also working a lot on our short game," Mayo added. "That's what it's going to come down to in the tournament. Winning or losing might come down to just one putt."

Prep boys’ golf: Schow rides calm demeanor to success
Boys’ golf » Golfer finished fifth as a freshman at the Class 3A state meet.
By Jennifer Gustavson | Special to The Tribune
First Published Aug 29 2013 02:55 pm • Last Updated Aug 29 2013 11:23 pm
Mitch Schow has been at the top of his game since age 6. While other kindergartners were wobbling on their training wheels in church parking lots, Schow was busy perfecting his golf strike, competing against 11- and 12-year-olds in local golf leagues.

Golf and competition go hand in hand for the Park City sophomore. Each tournament is just another day of casual golf.

His driving is among the best in the preps business. His short game gets better every day. But Schow stays grounded. When he needs a moment to regroup, he leaves it all behind and heads to the lake for some fly-fishing.

"I just always try to do my best and let things fall where they may," Schow said. "And whatever I do, it happened for a reason, and I can gain from it."

It’s a humble approach for a kid who placed fifth at the Class 3A state golf tournament as a freshman, an effort that helped lead Park City to a fifth consecutive team title. But for Schow, winning always has come easily.

"It’s old hat for him at this point," longtime coach Kirk Abegglen said. "The real question at this point is, what hasn’t he won?"

The USG Junior Amateur Tournament and the Class 3A tournament are on the short list — for now.

In early June, Schow carded a 209 over three rounds to win the Junior World Qualifier at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City. He was impressive in the opening two rounds, shooting 67s to jump out to a big lead. But he struggled on the final day, shooting a 77 to squeak out the win.

The effort earned Schow a chance to play some of the world’s best young golfers at the Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. He shot a 229 over three days and missed the cut.

But for Schow, it’s all part of the progression.

"I missed the cut, but I know I played well," he said. "Now that I’ve made it there, it’s my goal to just keep getting better."

Since then, he’s spent hours on the course perfecting his short game, particularly working the ball from left to right. The extra time has paid off, and Schow heads into his sophomore season ready to lead the Miners to a sixth straight title.

"It’s helped my confidence tremendously," Schow said. "But I always have to keep on improving, and not just on one thing."

"He just knows how to get the ball in the hole pretty fast," Abegglen said. "Even better, he’s a great teammate, and that makes him more of an asset than people know."

Week 3
Our match at Park Meadows proved to be a huge home course advantage for us this week. Two sophomores, Drew Fleming and Mitch Schow, led the team with +1 (73), which put them in a tie for second place individually for the day. Seniors Colton Kissell and Harry Hanskat both tied for 4th individually with a solid round of +3(75). Jalen Roberts finished one stroke back with (76), and sophomore Teddy Mason finished his round with (78). This was our first ever region match at Park Meadows.

Region 10 Tournament at Park Meadows(5th region match)
Individual stats

71, Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego
73, Mitchell Schow, Park City
73, Drew Fleming, Park City
75, Colton Kissell, Park City
75, Harry Hanskat, Park City
75, Colby Birch, Uintah
76, Jalen Roberts, Park City
77, Austin Jarmillo, Union
78, Teddy Mason, Park City
79, Janzen Davis, Uintah
79, Jace Woolstenholme, Union

Team stats
296, Park City
318, Uintah
326, Union
334, Juan Diego
342, Morgan

Park City leads by 60 strokes over 2nd place Uintah

The Park City High School boy’s golf team had two tournaments this week, finishing in front of Uintah by 3 at Mt. Dell on Monday and 4 strokes ahead at the course in Roosevelt on Wednesday. Mitchell Schow continues to lead Region 10. After his first three tournaments, he had a combined score of (-10). Mitchell finished his round on Monday with birdie–birdie to shoot a tournament low 68(-3).

Wednesday’s tournament proved to be a bigger challenge, but Mitchell still finished 2nd at the event. Park City senior and captain Harry Hanskat had the low round of the day with 74(+2). He started his round at +3 after the first 4 holes, but found his rhythm and finished solid. TJ Mayo, Drew Fleming and Tommy Halsey kept Uintah from narrowing the region lead by shooting solid scores of 78(+6).

Their next tournament will be 9:00 am on Tuesday at Park Meadows.

Region 10 Tournament at Roosevelt(4th region match)
Individual stats
74, Harry Hanskat, Park City
75, Mitchell Schow, Park City
76, Cole Stratton, Juan Diego
76, Garrett Canet, Uintah
77, Mason Harris, Uintah
77, Janzen Davis, Uintah
77, Dylan Fonster, Union
78, TJ Mayo, Park City
78, Tommy Halsey, Park City
78, Drew Fleming, Park City
79, Jacob Ross, Morgan
79, Colby Birch

Team stats
305, Park City
309, Uintah
323, Union
329, Juan Diego
333, Morgan

Park City leads by 38 strokes over 2nd place Uintah after 4 region 10 matches.

Week 1:

Park City traveled to Vernal to open the 2013 season. The team combined to shoot 297, which was 6 strokes better than 2nd place Uintah. As it was the first tournament of the season, our players were pleased with a solid opening tournament to establish a slim but solid lead over region 10 teams. Sophomore Mitchell Schow set the tone for the season as the individual leader by shooting (-1) 71. He was three strokes better than two player from Uintah. Junior Jalen Roberts and sophomore Drew Fleming also posted solid scores (+3) 75. Park City had 6 of the top 10 individual scores in the region tournament.

Varsity:
71 - Mitchell Schow
75 - Jalen Roberts
75 - Drew Fleming
76 - Tommy Halsey
78 - Harry Hanskat
78 - TJ Mayo
84 - Rob Morelli
89 - Colton Kissell

Team Totals:
297 - Park City
303 - Uintah
330 - Union
344 - Juan Diego
347 - Morgan

Our 2nd region match resulted in a wider margin of victory over the region 10 teams. Uintah placed 2nd again, but 25 strokes behind Park City. We had another incredible round by sophomore Mitchell Schow, who shot a personal best 66 (-6). Mitch was steady all day finishing his front 9 at -2, and he followed that up with a slew of birdies on the back side.
We had a few other players hovering around even par all day, but struggled on a few tougher finishing holes into the wind. Senior and team captain Harry Hanskat finished at 75 (+3). Junior Jalen Roberts 76 (+4) and sophomore Tommy Halsey posted a solid round at 75 (+3). These were the top 4 scores of the eight varsity players. Our next match is this coming Monday at Mountain Dell, which will also be the site of the state tournament the first week of October. Park City has a 31 stroke lead headed into the third region tournament.

Varsity:
66 - Mitchell Schow
75 - Harry Hanskat
75 - Tommy Halsey
76 - Jalen Roberts
78 - Drew Fleming
78 - Colton Kissell
83 - TJ Mayo
84 - Jack Lecher

JV:
78 - Teddy Mason
79 - Collin Lambert
87 - Joshua Lansky
90 - Ethan Hoogeveen

Team Totals after 2 tournaments:

589 - Park City
620 - Uintah
653 - Union
672 - Juan Diego
677 - Morgan