High school golf: Justin Shluker repeats as Miners 5-peat in 3A
It's the fifth time in a row Park City has won a state title in 3A. Also repeating was the individual medalist, Justin Shluker, a senior who won last year in a driving snowstorm. This time around, playing conditions were perfect, and three players tied for second place, one stroke back of Shluker's 146: Kaden McDonald and Dakota Denver, both of Union, and individual qualifier Dalton Jackson of Juab.
"We knew they would not lay down," Park City head coach George Murphy said of the Union Cougars. "We knew they would make a charge — they beat us here in region play. The cushion we had from yesterday was a huge deal. We needed those strokes for breathing room."
Park City's Justin Shluker hits an iron shot close to the green on No. 12 at Roosevelt Golf Course. (All)
"Those guys kept it together," Murphy said of Shluker and Hanskat. "I'm proud of all my kids."
Shluker had back-to-back 73s, and Hanskat shot a pair of 76s. Teammate Mitchell Schow dropped four strokes on the second day, shooting a 73.
Shluker said the one-stroke win was "way too close" for his liking, but said winning state individually was "better the second time."
"It's very special to come out here with my teammates and win another title for Park City," he said.
Union's Digger Arnold dropped five strokes from his score on Wednesday, shooting a 75 to help his school put up a 296 on Thursday, for a cumulative score of 615.
Union's Kaden McDonald (left) watches as Park City's Justin Shluker putts from the fringe on No. 14 at Roosevelt Golf Course. (All)
Scores were markedly improved over Wednesday, when winds whipped the Roosevelt course steadily throughout the afternoon.
"Everyone was in perfect conditions," Shluker said. "It was a scoring course today."
Pine View placed third with a 647, led by Hayden Hayward's 152. Hayward dropped four strokes in the second round, shooting a 74 after putting up a 78 in the wind.
Next year Park City returns all of its top scorers except for Shluker, as it goes for six in a row.
"I don't look at it as pressure," Murphy said. "I enjoy the challenge. We have been fortunate to rebuild quickly the last few years."
Hanskat, Schow, and Jalen Roberts, who tied for ninth place by shooting a 155, will all be back for the Miners next year.
Eight of the top 10 scorers play in 3A's best golf region, Region 10.
Roosevelt Golf Course
1. Park City 603; 2. Union 615; 3. Pine View 647; T4. Spanish Fork 651; Wasatch 651; 6. Desert Hills 654; 7. Juan Diego 665; 8. Payson 666; 9. Snow Canyon 672; 10. Ogden 684.
146 – Justin Shluker, Park City (73, 73)
147 – Kaden McDonald, Union (76, 71), Dakota Denver, Union (77, 70), Dalton Jackson, Juab (75, 72)
150 – Mitchell Schow, Park City (77, 73)
152 – Harry Hanskat, Park City (76, 76), Hayden Hayward, Pine View (78, 74)
154 – Janzen Davis, Uintah (79, 75)
155 – Jalen Roberts, Park City (77, 78), Digger Arnold, Union (80, 75), Kade Meason, Spanish Fork (79, 76), Caden Henderson, Wasatch (79, 76)
156 – AJ Orchard, Dixie (79, 77)
157 – Jared Kerber, Canyon View (80, 77)
158 – Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego (76, 82)
160 – Devin Brown, Wasatch (84, 76), Trey McCloud, Payson (80, 80), Bridger Layton, Bear River (82, 78)
161 – Brandt Pierce, Pine View (80, 81), Aaron Babbitt, Morgan (83, 78)
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(Photo courtesy Randy Hanskat) The Park City High School boys golf team won its fifth-straight...
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Our boy's golf team won their 3rd Region X tournament today at Soldier Hollow. They bounced back from a second place finish last week in Roosevelt. It was a day for low rounds by the miner's team. Senior Justin Shluker led the team by shooting a blistering round of -6 (66), and his teammate, freshman Mitch Schow, shot an impressive -5 (67). Our third score came from sophomore Jalen Roberts, who also posted the third best round of the day by shooting -2 (70). Senior, and captain, Adam Eisenbarth also finished the day with a solid round of +1 (73). The miners beat 2nd place Wasatch by 20 strokes.
-6 (66) Justin Shluker
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Overall (Park City leads by 65 strokes after 4 tournaments)
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Courtesy of Randy Watson Park City golfer Justin Shluker competes at a tournament at Promontory Golf Course. Shluker was the Class 3A medalist last season and hopes to guide the Miners to a fifth straight team title this year.
Park City senior Justin Shluker always has his eye toward his next shot. After winning last year’s 3A boys state tournament, the 17-year-old is leading the Miners in their attempt to win five straight state titles. What’s past is prologue for the Salt Lake City-born Shluker, who shoulders the responsibility to continue the winning tradition at Park City.
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Park City has a won the 3A boys state golf tournament for the past four years.
Justin Shluker won last year’s tournament with a two-day total of 142.
Shluker models himself after Rory McIlroy.
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Getting to the top of the leaderboard — at any level — takes an enormous amount of discipline. To compete at the highest levels in Utah, Shluker plays five rounds a week and spends countless hours at the driving range perfecting all aspects of his game. The competitive nature of golf matches his work ethic, and he thrives under the stressful conditions on the course.
"You’re not just competing against another team — you’re competing against yourself," Shluker said. "I am always trying to best myself."
Shluker’s father first put a club in his hand at age 8. Lessons at Jeremy Ranch Country Club help perfect his natural swing and made him a force on the links. His strength is his length off the tee and being able to finish strong with his putter. Shluker knows that his short game is what needs the most improvement. To do this, he relies heavily on his teammates.
"Everyone pushes me to [do] better and I hope I do the same for them," he said. "We pressure ourselves to do well and to win for our school again."
The Miners spent the entire summer playing Utah Junior Golf, a competitive golf tournament, and trained almost every day playing against each other. In preparation for defending their state title, Shluker organized match play against teammates at local courses, trying to get as many looks as possible.
"We need to be committed to golf by staying focused and working on our game," he said.
Carrying a 3.5 GPA, Shluker puts his golf-course focus to use in the classroom. After graduation, he is looking to continue his golfing career at the college level. He hasn’t committed to any school yet, but his top priority is to find a head coach who can help him perfect his game. Schools on his shortlist are Chico State, Sonoma State and Boise State. He would like to study business and marketing while trying to make the big step toward a PGA start.
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"Right now I need a lot of work to make it to the next level," Shluker said. "I’ve relied on coaches to help my swing and use my initiative to work as hard as I can from this point forward."
Park City head coach George Murphy thinks there is something special about Shluker. He is more than a strong golfer; he’s a player who sets an example for the rest of the Miners.
"He’s a hard-working kid who is all about golf," Murphy said. "He’s a role model for the other kids to see what it takes to play at the next level."