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PCHS wins eighth straight golf title
Miners dominate the 3A field at Soldier Hollow

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 10/09/2015 04:50:54 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

The Park City High School boys golf team won its eighth-straight 3A state title on Thursday at Soldier Hollow. From left to right, the team is made up of Coach George Murphy, Mitchell Schow, Drew Fleming, Cole Lee, Jack Hanskat, Josh Lansky and Dean Tsandes. (Photo courtesy of Randy Hanskat)
The Park City High School boys' golf team entered this week's 3A state tournament feeling a lot of pressure. Though the Miners would never admit it, the weight of seven straight titles was squarely on their shoulders.

In search of an eighth title, the Miners shrugged off the pressure and took control early, jumping out to a seven-stroke lead over second-place Tooele after the first round of play on Soldier Hollow's Gold Course. Despite it being the first state tournament experience for three of the six team members, all six Miners shot 75 (three strokes over par) or better.

Led by senior co-captains Mitchell Schow (65) and Drew Fleming (70), Park City carded a team total (calculated by combining a team's four lowest scores) of 281 Wednesday.

"They all played so great on day one," Park City Coach George Murphy said. "They really held it together."

As other teams tried desperately to catch up on Thursday, Park City remained steady, carding a team score of 290 to win the tournament by a comfortable margin of 20 strokes over Tooele. Murphy said he was proud of the aggressiveness displayed by the Miners on Thursday.

"We came into today and I said, 'Hey, we're not going out there just to try to hold onto this lead. Go win this thing,'" he said. "They came in with pressure and they felt it. I couldn't be more proud of them. They feel elated right now."

"To me, that just shows our dominance," Schow said. "If you want to beat us, you're going to have to play really well.


Schow again led the way for the Miners, carding a 66 on Thursday to claim his third-straight 3A individual title. Hole No. 16 was an adventure for Schow on Thursday, as he hit his tee shot into an animal hole. After being granted a free drop following a lengthy delay to consult a rules official, he proceeded to hit his second shot into a different animal hole further up the fairway. Following another, briefer delay, Schow managed to birdie the par-5 hole and all but clinch his individual title.

Park City senior Mitchell Schow won his third-straight 3A individual title by shooting a seven-under par 65 on Wednesday at Soldier Hollow and a six-under
Park City senior Mitchell Schow won his third-straight 3A individual title by shooting a seven-under par 65 on Wednesday at Soldier Hollow and a six-under 66 on Thursday. (Jake Shane/Park Record)
"I just knew I had to grind it out no matter what," he said. "There's always something that can happen and go wrong. You just have to look for the positive in it."

Fleming finished tied for fifth in the individual standings, shooting a 72 on Thursday. For the second day in a row, no Miner finished with a score higher than 77.

With the young players following the seniors' lead, Murphy said it was a great tournament to build confidence on the biggest stage.

"For these kids who were here for the first time, it gives them great experience," he said. "Shooting 73s, 75s and 76s -- it gives them a lot of confidence going into next year. [Schow and Fleming] are going to be big losses, but, just like they've stepped in and taken other seniors' spots, these younger kids are going to try to do the same thing and play a lot of golf this summer to get even better."

Schow will enter next season as a member of the University of Utah golf team. With an outstanding high-school career now behind him, he plans to make his collegiate career just as impressive.

"My goal my freshman year is to be a first-team All-American," he said. "I'm going to have to work on my short game quite a bit, though. Even though my putting was really good this week, it's going to have to be like that every single day."

Meanwhile, next year's Miners will again enter the season as the top dogs in 3A. Murphy said he's already excited for the challenge.

"We've got some great teams here in 3A," he said. "Tooele finished right behind us and I know Pine View is itching to get us. We just have to back this up and keep working on our depth. I love the team we've got right now. The way they played, it's immeasurable how important that is."

3A State Golf Results


Mitchell Schow -- 65

Drew Fleming -- 70

Cole Lee -- 73

Josh Lansky -- 73

Ddean Tsandes -- 75

Jack Hanskat -- 75


Mitchell Schow -- 66

Drew Fleming -- 72

Jack Hanskat -- 76

Josh Lansky -- 76

Dean Tsandes -- 76

Cole Lee -- 77

Team Scores

Park City -- 571

Tooele -- 591

Snow Canyon -- 604

Pine View -- 609

Carbon -- 618

High school boys golf: Led by Schow, Park City cruises past 3A field to capture 8th-straight title
By Andrew Sorensen
For the Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 9:55 p.m. MDT

Mitchell Schow, of Park City, competes in the Class 3A High School State Golf Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Park City cruised past the rest of 3A to capture its eighth-straight state title led by senior Mitchell Schow.
MIDWAY — George Murphy took over as Park City's boys golf coach in 2007, and every year since the Miners have taken home the first-place state trophy. Talk about a dynasty.

Thursday at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Park City took home yet another 3A boys golf state championship trophy thanks in large part to senior Mitchell Schow, who captured medalist honors for the third-straight year.

However, even after winning their eighth-straight championship, the Miners are already looking forward to next year.

“Let’s get started for next year,” Murphy yelled to his team with a smile. “Practice starts tomorrow.”

While he may have been joking, Murphy says there is some truth to what he said, which may explain why the Miners have been so dominant the last eight years.

According to Murphy, in 2006 when he was an assistant coach for Park City, the Miners took second place in state, losing by a very small margin.

“It was painful,” he explained. “There was a commitment from the whole team (that year) that we were going to practice because we just didn’t want that to happen again.”

In 2007, the Miners worked hard, won the state tournament and have never looked back.

“That was kind of what started it,” Murphy said.

On Thursday, Schow capped his own illustrious high school career by winning medalist honors for the third year in a row.

“I’m feeling great,” Schow said. “Its kind of sad that it's my last year”

On the gold course at Soldier Hollow, Schow shot a 6-under-par 66 on Day 2 to shoot a two-day total of 131. Schow had six birdies going into 17, where he bogeyed the hole, similar to Day 1. However, the senior from Park City was clutch, like Wednesday, as he finished with a birdie on No. 18.

Schow attributes much of his success and motivation to his family, especially his dad. Schow’s father, who is also a golfer, has been a big motivation for him as his dad has struggled with cancer but has recently recovered.

“After all he’s been through it has really taught a lot to me,” Schow explained. “He’s played the biggest role in my life. He’s the biggest role model to me.”

The senior ended the tournament one higher than his initial goal of 130. While shooting one higher than his goal didn’t affect the end result, he says it may cause a little grief from his good friend Connor Howe, who shot a 130 two-day total in the 5A tournament earlier in the week.

“I’m going to get some crap from Howe. He beat me by one shot so I’ll have to deal with that,” Schow said.

Besides Schow, the Miners received contributions from senior Drew Fleming, who also medaled by tying for fifth place, and juniors Cole Lee and Josh Lansky. The Miners also brought two underclassmen, sophomore Jack Hanskat and freshman Dean Tsandes, to the tournament. Each Park City player finished in the top 20 individually.

Behind Park City’s 571 two-day total came Tooele, which shot 591. The Buffaloes were led by Jerzee Houston and Braxton Quin, who placed fourth and tied for fifth, respectively.

Triston Gardener and Noah Schone took second and third in the individual portion, respectively.

Team scores

1. Park City, 571. 2. Tooele, 591. 3. Snow Canyon, 604. 4. Pine View, 609. 5. Carbon, 618. 6. Union, 630. 7. Dixie, 631. 8. Stansbury, 639. 9. Juan Diego, 645. 10. Morgan, 648.

Individual scores

131 – Mitchell Schow, Park City

136 – Triston Gardner, Snow Canyon

137 – Noah Schone, Pine View

138 – Jerzee Houston, Tooele

142 – Drew Fleming, Park City; Braxton Quin, Tooele

143 – Kosuke Aoki, Dixie

145 – Ryker Smith, Carbon; Austin Jaramillo, Union; Triston Hartfiel, Bear River

147 – Blake Amick, Desert Hills

149 – Josh Lansky, Park City; Brodey Payzant, Snow Canyon; Brady White, Juab

150 – Cole Lee, Park City; Jaylon Steck, Richfield

151 – Dean Tsandes, Park City; Jack Hanskat, Park City; Matthew Milburne, Morgan

152 – Colton Stratton, Juan Diego

Prep boys’ golf: Park City extends dynasty while Grand Country breaks through
By TOM WHARTON | The Salt Lake Tribune connect
First Published Oct 08 2015 05:33PM • Last Updated Oct 08 2015 10:40 pm

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mitchell Schow of Park City fires off the 14th tee Thursday, October 8, 2015 on his way to winning the 3A Boys State Championship with a two-day tally of 131.
Boys’ golf » Miners gets eighth straight title, Red Devils bust out of second place, 2A medalist honors come down to playoff.
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Midway • Park City may be known more as a winter sports destination than a place that produces great golfers.

But it would be hard to convince anyone who follows Utah high school golf of that fact.

Park City's Mitchell Schow won his third straight individual title to lead the Miners to their eighth straight team title Thursday on the Soldier Hollow Gold Course.

After finishing second the past two seasons, Grand County captured the 2A boys' championship on the Silver Course.

The 2A medalist battle produced the most drama of the day, as Rowland Hall's Garret Furubayashi won a two-hole playoff with Manti's Davis Hardy to capture individual honors.

Asked how a school from a place where golf courses are under snow from four to five months a year still dominates, Park City coach George Murphy smiled and said he planned to keep that a secret.

"There are expectations to see what the previous years' kids have done," he said. "The kids want to up that and keep going with the tradition. They play a lot of tournaments over the summer and put time into the game. There are four or five months when they are not around golf, and sometimes that's not all that bad."

Murphy said the Miners' first-day total was the best the school ever had in a state tournament as Schow, Drew Fleming, Cole Lee, Josh Lansky, Dean Tsandes and Jack Hankat all played well.

"Our approach today was that we were coming in to win it, not to hold on to a lead," said Murphy.

Park City finished with a two-day total of 571 to beat Tooele by 20 strokes. Snow Canyon, Pine View and Carbon rounded out the top five.

Schow, who plans to play for the University of Utah next year, fired a 65 Wednesday and added a final-round 66 Thursday. That was good enough to beat Snow Canyon's Triston Gardner by five shots. Pine View's Noah Schone and Tooele's Jersey Houston rounded out the top four.

Schow said he made more putts Wednesday but struck the ball better Thursday.

"I am going to miss it," he said. "I am excited to play college golf."

Mitchell Schow wins his third 3A medalist title in a row and leads Park City to its eighth straight golf title.
» After finishing second the past two years, Grand County earns the 2A title by defeating South Sevier.

Class 3A results


Team Score

1. Park City 281-290—571

2. Tooele 288-303—591

3. Snow Canyon 301-303—604

4. Pine View 300-309—609

5. Carbon 309-309—618


Player, School Score

1. Mitchell Schow, Park City 65-66—131

2. Triston Gardner, Snow Canyon 70-66—136

3. Noah Schone, Pine View 66-71—137

4. Jersey Houston, Tooele 68-70—138

T5. Drew Fleming, Park City 70-72—142

T5. Braxton Quin, Tooele 67-75—142

PCHS boys' golf wins Region 10 title
Miners card low round at Soldier Hollow

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 09/18/2015 04:50:19 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Drew Fleming lines up a putt on Thursday morning at Soldier Hollow. Fleming carded a one-over-par 73 on the day.(Jake Shane/Park Record)

Though there wasn't much doubt that the Park City High School boys' golf team would emerge from Thursday's Region 10 Championship match at Soldier Hollow with the title, the Miners put an emphatic stamp on their first-place season.

Behind senior co-captain Mitchell Schow's six-under-par 66, the Miners cruised to a 26-stroke victory over second-place Union. Senior co-captain Drew Fleming shot a 73, freshman Dean Tsandes carded a 75 and junior Cole Lee rounded out Park City's top four with an 80.

Park City Coach George Murphy said Thursday was a strong showing for the Miners on Soldier Hollow's Gold Course, which will also be the site of the 3A state tournament Oct. 7-8.

"Leading into state, that's a good feeling," he said. "We're definitely leaving here today with some positive feelings about how they played. It was good to see Drew come back after struggling in his last couple tournaments and shoot a one-over 73. Dean had another solid round. He was pumped about it. He had it going today."

Fleming said Soldier Hollow was the perfect place for him to turn things around.

"I was in a slump for my last few tournaments, so coming out today and shooting one over in these conditions is a huge confidence booster," he said. "I like this course. You can go low -- there are a lot of birdies out there, so that's nice."

Fleming and Schow played in the same group for the first time this season, which helped them both.

"We were more relaxed and had more fun," Fleming said.


"That led to us playing better."
Rain, wind and cold temperatures gave the Miners all they could handle on Thursday, but that's something Park City is used to, Murphy said.

"I hope it's windy and I hope it's cold [for the state tournament]," he said. "These conditions are definitely an advantage over some of the other teams that are coming in. We've played [Soldier Hollow] in all different kinds of conditions. At Mountain Dell [for the state tournament in 2013], it ended up almost snowing. If conditions are like that for state this year, that's good for us, but we'll take whatever comes our way."

With two weeks before the state tournament, the Miners will attempt to maintain their momentum and not lose their edge.

"It's just more time to play this course, which is nice," Fleming said. "We definitely know it really well."

Murphy said Park City will have internal competitions, as well as a match against a former region rival.

"It's nice to have a tournament a week, so we set up a dual with Wasatch in a week and a half," he said. "It'll be their top six against our top six, so that'll keep us sharp."

The Miners will be aiming for their eighth-straight 3A title in October, but Schow insists the team isn't feeling the pressure.

"We're just going out and having fun," he said. "Whatever happens, happens."

The 3A state tournament at Soldier Hollow's Gold Course is scheduled for Oct. 7-8, beginning at 9 a.m. both days.

Thursday at Soldier Hollow

Mitchell Schow -- 66

Drew Fleming -- 73

Dean Tsandes -- 75

Cole Lee -- 80

Zane Schemmer -- 81

Jack Wright -- 82

Jack Hanskat -- 83

Josh Lansky -- 84

Team Scores

Park City -- 294

Union -- 320

Tooele -- 330

Stansbury -- 335

Grantsville -- 391

PCHS golfers cruise at Park Meadows
Mitchell Schow leads Miners with seven-under 65

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 09/11/2015 05:04:26 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

PCHS senior Mitchell Schow won the Region 10 golf tournament at Park Meadows on Thursday by shooting a 65, seven strokes under par.(Jake Shane/Park Record)

After pulling away from the rest of the Region 10 field two weeks ago at Park City Golf Course, the Park City High School boys' golf team extend its lead even further on Thursday at Park Meadows.

Led by senior Mitchell Schow, who shot a seven-under-par 65 to win the tournament, the Miners finished with a team total of 298 strokes, defeating second-place Stansbury (337) by 39 strokes.

Cole Lee shot an even-par 72, while Dean Tsandes (77) and Jack Wright (84) rounded out the scoring for Park City.

Park City Coach George Murphy said he was impressed with the way Schow played on a day when most of the Region 10 field struggled.

"It was a special round," he said. "I watched quite a bit of his round today and, especially on the back nine, he tore it up. He shot 30 on the back nine. He had that putter going today. These greens were rolling pure and he sank a lot of putts. It was a great round and fun to watch."

Murphy said he was also happy with Lee's round. He said the junior is playing well lately.

"He followed up a good round with another good round," he said. "At Park City two weeks ago, he shot a 74. A 72 here is awesome."

Lee said he got off to a rough start, but managed to quickly settle down and get into a groove.

"I was really nervous," he said. "I started off with two bogeys, but I somehow got my putts going and started hitting greens and fairways. It was easy after that."

After Schow's 65 and Lee's 72, the lowest score in the tournament was a 77, shot by a Tooele player and Park City freshman Dean Tsandes.


No other scores in the 70s were recorded. Murphy said it was impressive for the Miners to have the three lowest scores at a course as difficult as Park Meadows.
"For the field, this was playing a lot harder than what we've played before, probably even harder than Park City," he said. "That's because of the speed of the greens and the fact that there are a lot of bunkers. Park Meadows is known for its bunkers."

Lee said the greens were difficult to navigate early, but he figured out the speed, leading to his success Thursday.

"You have to aim below the hole," he said. "And when you're above the hole, you have to give it a nice little tap and hope it drops."

Park City can take six players to the state meet at Soldier Hollow Oct. 7-8, where the Miners will go for their eighth-straight 3A title. Murphy said Schow, Lee, Drew Fleming and Jack Hanskat have all but secured their spots, leaving two spots open.

"We've had four of our guys step up and establish themselves as state players," he said. "We'll have to see how the last two spots shake out. The pressure is definitely on for the last couple spots. I want to see how those guys respond to that pressure."

If Tsandes keeps carding rounds in the 70s, Murphy said the freshman will earn one of the last two spots.

"Dean came in with a 77 today after a 75 last week, so he's right there as well," he said. "He's playing with confidence and his swing looks good. It's going to be a tough decision."

The Miners have one more Region 10 match before the state tournament. Fortunately, Murphy said, it'll serve as a great state tournament preview.

"I'm excited about Soldier Hollow next week, especially since it's on the Gold Course, which is the state site," he said. "That'll keep us sharp."

Murphy said he plans to use the Soldier Hollow match to determine the final state roster. From there, he said, the Miners will have to work on maintaining their solid play during the two-week break before the state tourney.

"This is how it's been every year," he said. "We'll usually set up some dual matches with Wasatch or another team, just to make sure their focus is still there. We also put together some fun practice rounds to try to keep them fresh and peaking at the right moment."

Lee said he and his teammates are confident they can play well at Soldier Hollow, especially with how often they play on that course.

"We're really privileged to play there a lot," he said. "It's a course all of our players can go low at and it's a fun course, too."

Park City's final Region 10 match is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Soldier Hollow's Gold Course. Players will begin teeing off at 9 a.m.

Thursday at Park Meadows

Mitchell Schow -- 65

Cole Lee -- 72

Dean Tsandes -- 77

Jack Wright -- 84

Jack Hanskat -- 84

Drew Fleming -- 85

Josh Lansky -- 86

Zane Schemmer -- 90

Region 10 Team Scores

Park City -- 298

Stansbury -- 337

Union -- 338

Tooele -- 340

Grantsville -- 408

PCHS golf squad dominates at home course
Miner boys extend Region 10 lead over Tooele

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 08/28/2015 04:31:35 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Mitchell Schow shot a 70 on Thursday at Park City Golf Course to win the Region 10 match by three strokes.(Jake Shane/Park Record)
Mitchell Schow shot a 70 on Thursday at Park City Golf Course to win the Region 10 match by three strokes. (Jake Shane/Park Record)
For the Park City High School boys' golf team, there's no place like home. Playing on Thursday at Park City Golf Course, the Miners extended their narrow Region 10 lead by 24 strokes over second-place Tooele to take a 32-stroke advantage.

After Wednesday's rain, Park City Golf Course was playing differently than it did during most of the Miners' practice rounds. Fortunately, Coach George Murphy said, the Miners have played the course enough times to be ready for anything.

"The course was softer," he said. "The greens were holding and maybe the putts were a little slower. But the greens were rolling really well. Park City is always in great shape."

Behind senior co-captain Mitchell Schow, who shot a 70 to win the individual title by three strokes, Murphy said several younger players stepped up and turned in good scores.

"Overall, the kids played well," he said. "It's their home course, so they did what they were supposed to do and took care of business. We had a freshman, Dean Tsandes, stand up. He took control with his game and shot a 75. Cole Lee, a junior who has been playing well the last few tournaments, shot a 74. Mitchell had the round of the day and shot a 70."

Schow said he wasn't completely happy with his round, but added that it was a good day on a tough course.

"It was fun," he said. "I felt like I could have gone a lot lower, though. My wedge game was off and all my birdies were just when I could stick it within a foot. But it was a fun day. You could fly the ball right at the pin and it would stop.


But, on the fairways, you wouldn't get much roll out, so you'd have to hit longer clubs onto the greens. They did a good job keeping the course up, though. It was in good condition."
Murphy said having five players turn in scores under 80 was a great accomplishment on a difficult, narrow course.

"They do not like playing in the trees," he said. "It's technical. It's a short course, but it's technical. You've just got to make smart decisions."

"This course, you have to roll with the hits," Schow added.

Park City s Jack Hanskat lines up a putt at Park City Golf Course on Thursday morning.(Jake Shane/Park Record)
Park City s Jack Hanskat lines up a putt at Park City Golf Course on Thursday morning. (Jake Shane/Park Record)
"You're going to have a lot of bogeys and you have to battle back."
Murphy said it was big for the Miners to finally put some distance between themselves and Tooele, especially with matches at Park Meadows and Soldier Hollow coming up on the schedule.

"That gives us a little breathing room," he said. "It also helps knowing we're going into Park Meadows. We don't play that as much as we'd like to, but the kids are familiar with it. With a few practice rounds over there and some confidence, I think we'll be OK. Then we go to Soldier Hollow, which is our backyard."

Tooele is new to Region 10 this year, so Murphy said playing Park City Golf Course may have been a surprise for them. Union, a team that has been with the Miners in Region 10 for several years, took second place on Thursday.

"Tooele came up to do a practice round early this week, but still, you've got to play this course quite a bit," he said. "Union knows it."

Next week, Murphy and the top five players from Park City will travel to Arizona for a national tournament. With so much depth on the team this year, Murphy said the choice of who to leave behind was difficult, but he decided to base his decision on seniority.

"Dean, he's got three more years to go to Arizona," he said. "We've got six right now that are right there, so we're leaving Dean out, but he's playing well and he'll have plenty of chances to experience it."

Park City returns to Region 10 play on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Park Meadows. The tournament is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m.

Thursday at Park City

Mitchell Schow -- 70

Cole Lee -- 74

Dean Tsandes -- 75

Zane Schemmer -- 79

Josh Lansky -- 79

Drew Fleming -- 80

Jack Hanskat -- 80

Jack Lecher -- 82

Thursday's Region 10 Scores

Park City -- 298

Union -- 316

Tooele -- 322

Stansbury -- 338

Grantsville -- 379

PCHS boys' golf regains region lead
Miners win tourney in Tooele

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 08/21/2015 03:58:52 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Park City senior Drew Fleming tees off during a Region 10 golf match last week.(Photo courtesy of Randy Hanskat)

The Park City High School boys' golf team climbed back into its familiar position atop the Region 10 standings on Wednesday after a tournament in Tooele.

By defeating Tooele by 10 strokes, Park City takes an eight-stroke lead into next week's tournament, which will be played at Park City Golf Course.

Senior co-captain Mitchell Schow led the way for the Miners, shooting a three-under-par 69. Fellow senior co-captain Drew Fleming placed second for Park City, recording a one-under 71 for the day.

Jack Hanskat finished third for the Miners, shooting a 73, while Josh Lansky and Cole Lee tied for the fourth spot on the team, each shooting three-over 75s.

Park City's next match is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27, at Park City Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m. The Miners then go to a national tournament in Arizona Sept. 3-5 before returning to Park City for a tournament at Park Meadows on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m.

The Region 10 final match will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Soldier Hollow on the Gold Course, beginning at 9 a.m.

Park City Wednesday Scores

Mitchell Schow -- 69 (-3)

Drew Fleming -- 71 (-1)

Jack Hanskat -- 73 (+1)

Josh Lansky -- 75 (+3)

Cole Lee -- 75 (+3)

Wednesday Team Scores

Park City -- 288

Tooele -- 298

Union -- 316

Stansbury -- 317

Grantsville -- 372

PCHS boys' golf squad goes for eighth title
Miners want to keep streak alive in 2015

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 08/11/2015 04:56:06 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Mitchell Schow, a senior, will try to defend his back-to-back 3A individual state titles as the PCHS boys golf squad aims for its eighth straight 3A team title in 2015. (Park Record File Photo)
After cruising through region play the last two years, the Park City High School boys' golf team got off to an unusual start last week at courses in Roosevelt and Vernal. In those tournaments, Park City placed second both days, with new region opponent Tooele taking both victories.

Granted, the Miners were playing without two-time defending 3A individual champion Mitchell Schow, but Tooele will nonetheless take a 12-stroke overall lead into this week after defeating Park City 305-315 on day one and 300-302 on day two.

Once Schow returns to the fold this week, the Miners will have a formidable duo of seniors with co-captains Schow and Drew Fleming, who shot an even-par 72 and a one-under 71 in the first two tournaments.

Park City Coach George Murphy is ready for the challenge of a tougher region, saying the extra competition will be good for the Miners as they try to win their eighth straight 3A state title.

"These first two [tournaments] show it's early in the season," he said. "But it's not always a bad thing to lose. It's important for them to know that you're not just going to show up and have it be yours this year. Tooele's coming in and playing really solid. They've got some good kids. The other teams are looking better than what we faced last year. Even Union (the only holdover from last year's Region 10) has scores that are better than last year. It's going to keep our region a little more competitive and keep us a little sharper heading into state."

Behind Schow and Fleming, the Miners will rely on several young golfers. Murphy said this is one of the youngest teams he's ever had.

"It's a good team, but it's pretty young," he said. "We've got a freshman (Dean Tsandes) who posted a 76 for us and a couple other kids who are right there on the varsity/JV line. Collin Steele, he's ready to go, as is Jack Hanskat. They're both sophomores."

With two tournaments last week and tournaments on Wednesday and Thursday this week in Tooele, the Miners are hitting the ground running this season.

Jack Hanskat tees off during a tournament last week. Hanskat, a sophomore, will be counted on to contribute to a young PCHS golf squad. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Duis)
Murphy said the busy early schedule is a way to keep the kids as stress-free as possible when crunch time hits and school starts.
"We put our bye week in September, pretty much after everybody's first or second week of school, just to let them catch up," he said. "As a teacher and a coach, I like to have them miss less class time."

The young Park City squad will benefit not only from extra rest as the season wears on, but also from having the 3A state tournament so close to home. After traveling to St. George to win the seventh title last year, the Miners will only have to travel to Midway to go for an eighth.

"I think it's a huge advantage," Murphy said. "Since we found out last spring, we said to make sure to go play that course whenever you get a chance. We'll probably have six or seven different practices at Soldier Hollow this year, plus we've scheduled our region final at Soldier Hollow on the Gold Course."

Though keeping the state title streak alive is looming over the team, Murphy said the players aren't too worried about it. He said it's important for them to keep things in perspective as they move forward and focus on improving every week.

"It's a fun streak and these kids set the bar pretty high," he said. "I think it's more motivating than anything. They want to keep it going. Drew and Mitchell, they don't want to break it in their year. But, it's golf, so if it doesn't happen, we'll move on and we'll be OK. But they want the streak to continue and they have a good time with it. Some of these kids really understand the bigger picture. It's how you approach the game and how you treat it. They're just out there looking to compete. That's what it's all about."

Park City will host two matches this season. The first, scheduled for Aug. 27 at Park City Golf Course, will begin at 9 a.m. On Sept. 10, Park Meadows will host the region match, also beginning at 9 a.m.

PCHS Boys' Golf Schedule

Aug. 12 -- at Tooele

Aug. 13 -- at Grantsville

Aug. 19 -- at Stansbury

Aug. 27 -- Park City Golf Course

Sept. 3-5 -- National tournament

Sept. 10 -- Park Meadows

Sept. 17 -- Soldier Hollow (Region Final)

Oct. 7-8 -- Soldier Hollow (State Final)

Mitchell Schow wins golf tourney
PCHS senior will compete in Jr. PGA Championships

Adam Spencer, The Park Record
POSTED: 06/30/2015 04:40:07 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Mitchell Schow, shown here teeing off during a tournament last year, recently qualified for the Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas, Aug. 3-6. (Park Record File Photo)
Park City High School senior Mitchell Schow has already made a name for himself in the Utah golf community by winning the 3A individual state title two years in a row and helping to keep PCHS's streak of seven-straight team state championships alive.

Now, Schow is making waves on the national scene, recently clinching a spot in the Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas, by winning a regional qualifying tournament at Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Schow won the qualifying tournament two years ago, but had to decline a trip to the Championship. Last year, he placed second in the qualifying tournament and didn't get an invite.

This year, Schow said, everything came together -- he won the tourney and will be heading to Texas to represent the state of Utah.

"This year, since I'm too old to play in a lot of the national junior events, this was one of the only ones I was trying for," he said.

Having the tournament at Soldier Hollow, a course Schow knows well, helped him succeed.

"I've always played well there," he said. "If you feel confident at a course, you're going to play well there."

Schow clinched the victory by shooting a 64 in his first round and a 67 in his second. His score was 13 strokes under par, defeating second-place Jaece Stokes by two strokes.

Schow said he knew the pressure was on when he was leading Stokes by five strokes going into the second day of the tournament. Though Stokes finished three strokes better than Schow on day two, Schow was able to hold on for the victory.


Schow's play around the green was strong during the tournament at Soldier Hollow, but he said he needs more work playing out of hazards.

"My putting was really good," he said. "I haven't putted that well for quite a while. My bunker game was alright, but that's the main thing I'll be working on before [the Championship]."

Schow said he's not too worried about the course at Miramont Country Club in Bryan. Rather, he's concerned about the Texas weather.

"I've heard it's a really nice course," he said. "But it's going to be really humid and hot, so I'm going to have to gear myself up for that."

Despite the weather concerns, Schow said he's expecting to compete at a high level at the tournament, which will take place Aug. 3-6.

"For me, it's about winning," he said. "I feel like I'm at a level where I can compete with anyone. Now that I've committed to college [at the University of Utah], I want to show I'm going to be able to compete. Hopefully it will bring kids in [to Utah] that want to compete against me and play in a great conference."

Before he heads off to college, however, Schow still has one more year left at PCHS. He said his main focus is to ensure he isn't a part of the class that ends Park City's seven-year title streak.

"No. 8, that's what we're gearing up for," he said. "If we don't win, we'll be disappointed. I feel like we have a good chance to win, though -- it should be a fun season."