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High school golf: Justin Shluker repeats as Miners 5-peat in 3A
By Graham C. Terry For the Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 9:49 p.m. MDT
The Park City Miners pose with their fifth-straight state championship trophy (All)
ROOSEVELT — Union High School put on a spirited charge, but was unable to make a significant dent in Park City High School's lead during the championship round at the 3A state golf championship on Thursday. The Miners had established a 16-shot lead on the first day and won by 12, shooting a 603.

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)
McDonald and Denver were grouped with Shluker and Harry Hanskat of Park City, respectively, and both came on ferociously during the second round. McDonald threw up a 71 and Denver went even lower, shooting a 70.

"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)
"I'm glad we gave Park City a run and didn't let them run away with it," said Union head coach Darci Olsen.

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.

3A Golf

Roosevelt Golf Course

Thursday

Team results

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.

Individual results

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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PCHS boys' golf: A collection of crowns
PCHS boys' golf team wins fifth-straight 3A title in Roosevelt
Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record
Posted: 10/05/2012 04:28:43 PM MDT

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(Photo courtesy Randy Hanskat) The Park City High School boys golf team won its fifth-straight...
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As they prepared to tee of into howling winds during the first day of the 3A state golf tournament, some Park City Miners overheard golfers from other schools joking with one another, asking, "OK, who's going to go for second?"
The quip was fitting.
The Park City High School boys' golf team did it again Thursday afternoon, winning an unprecedented fifth-straight 3A state crown at the state championship tournament in Roosevelt.
Now, head coach George Murphy has a state title ring for his lonely thumb.
"I wouldn't say it's getting old, but it's a cool thing," he said. "I'm excited for these guys."
The Miners finished with a two-day combined team score of 603, shooting 303 in blustery conditions Wednesday and 300 on the final day of the tournament Thursday. They finished 12 strokes ahead of second-place host Union. Pine View High School finished third overall with a total of 647.
"It's sweet," said senior Jack Egan. "Hopefully they'll be able to continue the tradition. It's been an honor to be part of this team."
Fellow senior and defending 3A individual state champion Justin Shluker protected his crown, finishing with a two-day total of 146, shooting 73 each day in Roosevelt. Shluker, one of three seniors on this year's team (with Egan and Adam Eisenbarth), said leaving the program on a high note is something he'll never forget.
"It was a crazy couple days and we ended up on top. It's been crazy," he said. "I don't even know what to say. It's better the second time."
"That hasn't been done that many times in the state of Utah," Murphy said of Shluker's back-to-back achievement. "To be able to do that two years in a row, as a senior, it's a pretty nice thing."
Park City's domination this year on the links wasn't attributed to just one or two golfers and it showed throughout the season. Freshman Mitch Schow turned out to be the biggest surprise on the team, pushing defending champion Shluker for the overall Region 10 title. Transfer Jalen Roberts, a sophomore, proved to be a vital addition to the team and junior Harry Hanskat finished third in region this year. Hanskat will no doubt be considered a leader for the 2013 edition of the Miners.
Park City had the top three golfers in the most difficult region in 3A this year and had four in the top 10 at the 3A state tournament. Following behind the champion Shluker were Schow, who finished fifth in Roosevelt (150), Hanskat (152), who tied for sixth and Roberts (155), who came in eighth. Egan and Eisenbarth each cracked the top 20, finishing tied for 18th overall.
Murphy said when he looks back on this crew that delivered title No. 9 to Park City, he'll remember the sheer dominance the team had 1 through 12. This year's Miners set the all-time Region 10 record for scoring, Murphy added.
"We had so many solid region scores throughout the year and I think this was our most consistent year ever," he said. "I think that's one thing that maybe sets this team apart is we had different kids going low in different weeks."
Park City must now face the task of replacing its three seniors in Shluker, Egan and Eisenbarth.
"We're losing a huge part of a team with our three seniors who have played at state for us, and those are going to be big shoes to fill in our program," Murphy said. "We've got some youth and some kids who are excited and who want to do the same thing as these guys. That'll be our goal, to take state again and work as hard as we can and get these guys tournament ready. We'll come back and go for another one."
Shluker said he hopes his legacy with the program will be for those already on the team and those who aim to be, to see how his hard work paid off.
"I just hope the younger guys have somebody to look up to," he said. "I hope I'm the role model coming into the program for those guys and I hope they can say, 'I want to be like him when I'm done.'"
Eisenbarth said it's Murphy's tutelage and spirit that helped keep this team atop the 3A world and his ability to simplify arguably the most difficult sport was the difference.
"He's been great for all the players and especially me," he said. "He's just made it a joy. I don't know if I would have stuck with golf without him. It's crazy how he combines golf with life lessons."
Park City learned Thursday, once again, that it has the best 3A team in the state and the dynasty is alive and well.
"In the end, we can still look back and say we did ourselves proud," Shluker said.
Just as they've done now five years running.

PCHS Boy's Golf Team 2012 Season

PCHS boys' golf: Miners unkind to the competition
Park City squad wins fourth Region 10 tourney of the season, this time at home
Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record
Posted: 09/14/2012 04:50:44 PM MDT

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(Tyler Cobb/Park Record) Park City High School freshman Mitch Schow shot a (+2) 74 Thursday...
As teams made their way onto the back porch of the Park City Golf Club, George Murphy looked on as the visiting players -- not his -- were left in a state of bewilderment yet again.
"It's a cool thing to watch," he said, describing his players rolling into the clubhouse posting impressive score after impressive score. "(The Miners) come and in and they post their scores and the other teams go, 'Oh my gosh.' It's kind of deflating."
Thursday, the Park City High School boys' golf team dominated another Region 10 tournament -- this time at its lone home region tournament of the year -- as the Miners posted an even 300. According to Murphy, Park City's head coach, in the previous 10-plus years, Park City hadn't finished below 300 more than three times. This year, with one Region 10 tournament remaining at River Oaks Golf Course next Thursday, the Miners have broken 300 four times and missed out on a fifth by one stroke at home.
The Miners had six players shoot in the 70s once again Thursday, led by freshman Mitch Schow and junior Harry Hanskat, who each shot (+2) 74. Senior Justin Shluker followed with a (+3) 75, while freshman Drew Fleming and senior Jack Egan each shot (+5) 77. Through five tournaments, Park City holds an 86-stroke lead and Shluker leads teammate Schow by two strokes for the individual region title with one tournament remaining.
Union finished in second place Thursday, shooting a team total 315. The Cougars are the lone team to have beaten Park City this season, and while the Miners have a monstrous region lead, they know the Cougars have some bite.
"That (defeat) was at their home course and that's where state is," Murphy said. "We're obviously trying to stay on top them and keep the pressure on them. We're heading out to Union (today) for a practice round."
Park City's depth was once again on display, as evidenced throughout the season, as two freshmen helped the Miners run away with their fourth region tournament. Murphy said as competitive as this team is to win a fifth-straight 3A state championship, the players are almost as hungry to top one another each time they step onto the course.
"They want to beat each other, but they also want to each other to do well," he said. "You see when they get ready to post their scores, they'll be saying, 'What'd you shoot? Seventy-five or 76?' They're great that way. They root for each other, but they still want to beat the crap out of the next guy.
"We had a good day and played well on our home course."
With the final Region 10 tournament scheduled for next Thursday in Sandy, Murphy faces one of the more difficult decisions of the year as he must choose six of his talented dozen to take to the 3A state tournament in Roosevelt.
"It's here," he said, laughing. "After next Thursday, then we have time to submit names of the kids who are going. Two of the really hard things that come around each year are trying to figure out who's on the 12-man roster and cutting that even further down to six kids for state. Some of the kids who are on the bubble and don't make it, that's going to be a hard thing to handle. They've had a good year."
As for the pesky Cougars, who are champing at the bit to topple the Miners for a second time on the state's biggest stage?
"They'll keep their confidence," Murphy said. "It's just region now, and state's a huge deal and that's where it really matters. Nobody remembers who wins region, it's all about state -- but it helps to be playing well at that time."

Team Scores
1. Park City, 300
2. Union, 315
3. Unitah, 330
4. Wasatch, 330
5. Juan Diego, 336
6. Judge, 347

Individual Scores

74 - Harry Hanskat, Park City
74 - Mitch Schow, Park City
75 - Justin Shluker, Park City
76 - Dakota Denver, Union
77 - Jack Egan, Park City
77 - Drew Fleming, Park City
77 - Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego
78 - Devin Brown, Wasatch
79 - Adam Eisenbarth, Park City
79 - Janzen Davis, Uintah
79 - Digger Arnold, Union
79 - Kaden McDonald, Union
79 - Garrett Canet, Uintah

Team Standings (after five tournaments)

1. Park City, 1,467
2. Union, 1,553
3. Wasatch, 1,562
4. Juan Diego, 1,590
5. Uintah, 1,603
6. Judge, 1,632

Individual Scores (after five tournaments)

285 - Justin Shluker, Park City
287 - Mitch Schow, Park City
294 - Janzen Davis, Uintah
297 - Harry Hanskat, Park City
297 - Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego
298 - Kaden McDonald, Union
299 - Adam Eisenbarth, Park City
300 - Jaren Hunsaker, Wasatch
301 - Digger Arnold, Union
302 - Devin Brown, Wasatch
304 - Jack Egan, Park City

PCHS boys' golf: Park City bounces back in a big way
Miners dominate fourth Region 10 match at Soldier Hollow
Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record
Posted: 08/31/2012 04:32:36 PM MDT

After being briefly brought down to earth in Roosevelt last week with a second-place finish, the Park City High School boys' golf team shot back to the top of Region 10 play with authority Thursday afternoon at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway.
The Miners won their third region tournament of the season, defeating second-place Wasatch by 20 strokes. Park City finished with a total of 276, while the Wasps finished at 296. Judge Memorial and Juan Diego tied for third place at 311, while Union was fourth with 315.
All eight Miners shot in the 60s or 70s, and the team was led by senior Justin Shluker who shot an impressive -6 (66) in Midway. Freshman Mitch Schow was right behind Shluker with a -5 (67), while sophomore Jalen Roberts finished with a -2 (70). Senior captain Adam Eisenbarth shot +1 (73) and was followed by junior Harry Hanskat at +2 (74). Jack Egan and Jackson Rogers each shot +3 (75), while freshman Drew Fleming shot +5 (77).
"They bounced back," said Park City head coach George Murphy in an email. "It was a day for low rounds by the team."
Through four Region 10 tournaments, the Miners lead the field by 65 strokes.

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
-5 (67) Mitch Schow
-2 (70) Jalen Roberts
+1 (73) Adam Eisenbarth
+2 (74) Harry Hanskat
+3 (75) Jack Egan
+3 (75) Jackson Rogers
+5 (77) Drew Fleming

1) Park City (276)
2) Wasatch (296)
3) Judge (311)
4) Juan Diego (311)
5) Union (315)
6) Uintah (319)

Overall (Park City leads by 65 strokes after 4 tournaments)

Park City (1,167)
Wasatch (1,232)
Union (1,238)
Juan Diego (1,254)
Uintah (1,273)
Judge (1,285)

Region X (Match 2) Mountain Dell (Judge's home match) August 15, 2012

Team Scores
1. Park City, 297
2. Wasatch, 311
3. Judge, 312
4. Juan Diego, 318
5. Unitah, 318
6. Union, 321

Individual Scores

71 - Jacob Turner, Judge
72 - Justin Shluker, Park City
73 - Jack Egan, Park City
74 - Harry Hanskat, Park City
75 - Devan Brown, Wasatch
75 - Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego
75 - Janzen Davis, Uintah
75 - Jaron Hunsaker, Wasatch
75 - Anthony Randazzo, Judge
77 - Kaden McDonald, Union
77 - Mason Harris, Uintah

Team Standings (after two tournaments)

1. Park City, 592
2. Wasatch, 629
3. Unitah, 630
4. Union, 631
5. Juan Diego, 634
6. Judge, 652

Individual Standings (after two tournaments)

147 - Adam Eisenbarth, Park City
148 - Janzen Davis, Uintah
149 - Harry Hanskat, Park City
151 - Mitch Schow, Park City
153 - Kaden Mcdonald, Union
153 - Jaren Hunsaker, Wasatch
154 - Mark Stratton, Uintah
155 - Digger Arnold, Union
155 - Victor Johnson, Juan Diego
155 - Devan Brown, Wasatch
156 - Jack Eagan, Park City
157 - Dakota Denver, Union
158 - Anthony Randazzo, Judge
158 - TJ Mayo, Park City
159 - Caden Henderson, Wasatch

PCHS boys' golf: Miners squash region opponents
Park City golf team jumps out to early region lead thanks to well-rounded effort
Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record
Posted: 08/17/2012 04:45:12 PM MDT

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(Photo courtesy Jamie Duis) Park City High School senior golfer Adam Eisenbarth shot out of the...
Prior to kicking off its quest for a fifth-straight state championship, Park City High School head golf coach George Murphy said nothing would be guaranteed for a team that could end up being the competitive he's ever had.
The Miners, he said, would have to earn their spots throughout various Region 10 tournaments.
This week, Park City got off to an imposing start. The Miners went 2-for-2, winning the season-opening tournament in Vernal Monday and finishing atop the standings again Wednesday at Mountain Dell Golf Course.
But, as he usually does, Murphy is doing his best to keep his guys grounded.
"They're solid, but they've got to work for it," he said. "It's not like we blew some of these teams away."
In contrast to last season when the Miners struggled out of the gate, this year's crew of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen made sure they got off to an impressive start. The Miners finished with a team score of 297, while second place Wasatch finished with a 311 at Mountain Dell.
On Wednesday in Parley's Canyon, Park City was led by senior and defending 3A state individual champion Justin Shluker, who shot an even 72. Fellow senior Jack Egan shot a +1 (73), while a slew of other Miners were in the 70s. Junior Harry Hanskat followed Egan and shot a +2 (74), while senior Adam Eisenbarth fired a +6 (78).
Senior Jackson Rogers, junior TJ Mayo and freshman Mitch Schow all shot 79. In all, Park City had seven of its eight varsity players break 80. The depth that Murphy's side possesses this year was evident by the two impressive junior-varsity scores posted by sophomore Tommy Halsey and freshman Drew Fleming: each also shot 79.
"It's hard," Murphy said. "I feel bad because I've got JV kids that can play on varsity. Right now, we're one through 10, or one through possibly 11 or 12 deep. To be a little deeper, it's a benefit, but it's also about trying to get those kids playing well to get some varsity time. It's hard to spread it all around."
On Monday in Vernal, it was Eisenbarth who was the star, as the senior shot a team-and-tournament best -3 (69), stepping up to replace Shluker who was at a tournament in Portland, Ore. Schow, who participated in his first varsity tournament, finished second with an even par 72. Hanskat shot a +3 (75) in Vernal, while Mayo, who was in the team's eighth spot, shot an impressive 79, the team's fourth-best score.
Murphy said Eisenbarth's 69 Monday was the best he's seen him play. The senior barely missed out on an eagle on the 18th hole that would have given him a -4 (68).
"We'll take it," Murphy said. "We had some guys step up."
The Miners finished with a team total of 295 Monday, opposed to 310 of second-place Union. Park City currently leads second place Wasatch (629) by 37 strokes in the overall region standings. Next up for the Miners is a trip to Roosevelt next Wednesday where Murphy said his team must continue to play on its toes if it wants to protect its early-season lead.
"They need to stay sharp and they want to," he said. "They want to place all in the top six each tournament. That's what they're gunning for."
With contributors ranging from untested rookies to defending state champions, this year's Miners are enjoying the start, and more importantly, each other.
"They get along," Murphy said with a chuckle. "The dynamic is weird, but it works. The kids are capable. They are happy where they are, but they know region is a place to be in a rhythm."
So far, so good.

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.
Prep golf: Park City’s Justin Shluker bringing his top form
Golf » The defending 3A state champ is confident headed into season.
By Ben Raskin | Special to The Tribune
First Published Aug 22 2012 03:53 pm • Last Updated Aug 22 2012 04:36 pm
It’s not the shot that you just made that defines a golfer — it’s the next one.

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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A Miner legacy on the links

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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"You can’t control the one you just hit," Shluker said. "You need to be looking forward and try to make the next one even better."

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."