Miners face tough test before state
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Mitchell Schow putts at Park City Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon. Schow led the Miners with a...
PCHS senior golfers prep for state
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Harry Hanskat, left, Colton Kissell, middle, and TJ Mayo practice at Mountain Dell Golf Course on...
Prep boys’ golf: Schow rides calm demeanor to success
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."
Region 10 Tournament at Park Meadows(5th region match)
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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)
Park City leads by 38 strokes over 2nd place Uintah after 4 region 10 matches.
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.
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.
Team Totals after 2 tournaments:
589 - Park City