PCHS golf squad dominates at home course
Adam Spencer, The 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)
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."
"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)
"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
Adam Spencer, The Park Record
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
Adam Spencer, The Park Record
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)
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)
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
Adam Spencer, The Park Record
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)
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."