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Two Region 6 Teams Battling for State 4A Golf Crown

by Mike Sorensen
The Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 12:03 a.m. MDT
SPRINGVILLE — All season long, the Woods Cross and Highland golf teams have done battle in Region 6, usually finishing within five strokes of each other every week. After seven meets this season and more than four thousand strokes played, the Wildcats ended up a mere two strokes ahead of the Rams.
So it was no surprise that after the first day of the Boys 4A state golf tournament that the Wildcats and Rams are battling it out once again at the top of the leaderboard at Hobble Creek Golf Course.
Led by Peyton Hastings’ 4-under-par 67, the Wildcats shot a 297 score Monday, two shots better than Highland’s 299 total. Unless they totally fall apart, one of those schools is likely to be crowned as the state champion after Tuesday’s second round.
Timpview and Maple Mountain are tied for third place at 310, while Orem is another shot back at 311. Region 5 champion Roy is next at 314, followed by East at 315 and Murray at 318.
“We had some first-day jitters, but we played OK,” said Woods Cross coach James Sheldon. “It definitely helps to have someone like Peyton. He makes a big difference.”
Hastings didn’t have a bogey in posting his 4-under score that also gave him the individual lead over Hillcrest’s Seokwon Jeon, who shot a 68. Two players, Skyline’s Travis Norseth and Bonneville’s Nick Smith, each shot 71.
The Wildcats also got 76s from Spencer Hale and Jordan Warnock and 78s from Payton Halls and Kyle Beard.
Highland coach Paul Tate is hoping his team can come back and return the favor to the Wildcats, who came from five shots back in the final meet to edge the Rams for the Region 6 title, 2096 to 2098 in the seven meets. “I’m proud of my team today,” Tate said.
All season, the Rams have relied on their superior depth and they did it again Monday with all six players shooting under 82 and the four counting scores all under 77.
Sophomore Matt Loosle led the way with a 72, while the three Ram seniors, Mitch Creer, Devin Tovey and Andrew Sorensen shot 74, 76 and 77, respectively.
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4A golf tournament
Hobble Creek Golf Course (Par-71)
Monday’s first-round scores
Team totals: 1. Woods Cross 297; 2. Highland 299; 3. (tie) Timpview, Maple Mountain 310; 5. Orem 311; 6. Roy 314; 7. (tie) East, Bonneville 315; 9. Murray 318; 10. (tie) Skyline, Timpanogos 319; 12. Hillcrest 320; 13. (tie) Sky View, Mountain View 323; 15. Bountiful, Olympus, Mountain Crest 326.
67 — Peyton Hastings, Woods Cross
68 — Seokwon Jeon, Hillcrest
71 — Travis Norseth, Skyline, Nick Smith, Bonneville
72 — Matt Loosle, Highland
73 — Rich Davis, Bountiful
74 — Mitch Creer, Highland, CJ Lee, Timpview, Benson Blake, Timpview, Dennis Christensen, Mountain View, Kai Ruiz, Maple Mountain
75 — James Gibb, East, Britton Green, Orem, Janson Eisenstat, Provo
76 — Devin Tovey, Highland, Spencer Hale, Woods Cross, Jordan Warnock, Woods Cross
77 — Andrew Sorensen, Highland, Kolton Remund, Maple Mountain, Cameron Howe, Murray, John Paulson, Maple Mountain, Trey Madsen, Orem, Ryder Valasquez, Roy, Nate Erickson, Roy, Jake Smith, Mountain Crest, Branson Bowler, Mountain Crest, Devin Porter, Herriman