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Beaver ‘About’ Wraps Up 2A Golf Title on First Day
By Bob Bahlmann, For the Deseret News
STERLING — It doesn’t happen very often, said Chris Stover, Palisade Golf Course pro. But occasionally a team can win the state tournament on the first day. It looks like Beaver did.
The defending 2A champions had an opening-day score of 310, 16 strokes ahead of the nearest competition from Grand at 326.
Led by Braxton Williams, who was one of only two players to play the tough Palisade course to an even-par 72, the Beavers got a 74 from Dallon Murdock and a pair of 82s from Taylor Yardley and Smokey Osborn to take the commanding first-round lead.
Also shooting par in Monday’s opening round was Nicklaus Britt from Millard.
Talon Gadd from Richfield was disappointed with his first-round 73.
“I bogeyed the last hole,” he said. “I’ll get it back tomorrow.”
Like most of the golfers, Gadd had trouble on the 11th hole, a 373-yard dogleg right that seemed to pull the ball left into the rough. He had no problem, however, with the fourth hole, which has been called the toughest par-3 in the state.
“You’ve just got to hit it 150 yards,” he said.
Although it looks like Beaver has an overwhelming lead, there’s still a tight race for the No. 2 spot. Grand, Roland Hall, Richfield and South Sevier are all within 10 strokes of each other.
2A state tourney
Monday’s first-round scores
Team scores: 1, Beaver, 310; 2, Grand, 326; 3, Rowland Hall, 330; 4, Richfield, 335; 5, South Sevier, 336; 6, Manti, 345; 7, Waterford, 353; 8, Millard, 359; 9, Gunnison, 366; 10, South Summit, 369; 11, Emery, 371; 12, North Summit, 386; 13, North Sevier, 407; 14, Kanab, 500.
72 — Braxton Williams, Beaver; Nicklaus Britt, Millard.
73 — Talon Gadd, Richfield.
74 — Dallon Murdock, Beaver.
77 — Zac Hazlett, Grand. 78; Caleb Chodosh, Rowland Hall.
80 — Dylan Zanker, Rowland Hall.
82 — Taylor Yardley, Beaver; Thomas Bebbington, Rowland Hall; Smokey Osborne, Beaver.