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Alta Leads 5A Tourney; Dearden, You Shoot Even Par at Talons in Tough Weather

By Bill Oram
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published: October 6, 2011 12:23AMUpdated: October 5, 2011 10:40PM
Saratoga Springs • Sideways rain pushed scores upward Wednesday at the 5A championship as all but a few players struggled to hang around par at Talons Cove Golf Club.
Those who managed to escape the blustery day with relatively low scores, however, considered the first day of the two-day tournament a success.
“Just get to tomorrow, I guess,” said Brighton sophomore Charlie Duensing, the Region 3 champion who shot a 75.
Alta senior Kenny You and Northridge senior Kyler Dearden shared the lead after the first 18 holes, each carding a first-round 72. Syracuse’s Colton Dallimore and Granger’s Henry Leng were in a third-place tie after shooting 74s.
Alta, buoyed by You’s strong round, held a narrow edge in the team competition, with an overall 321. Defending 5A champion Lone Peak was in second with a 325, while Brighton, Syracuse and Bingham were within five strokes of the Knights.
“When you start getting into weather like this it brings in other things and you don’t know how kids are going to respond to that,” Alta coach Rick Dittman said.
You, who will play next year at Utah State, played consistently, shooting one-under on the front nine, and one-over on the back nine, when the weather began to turn and winds started ripping across the course, which is on the northwestern edge of Utah Lake.
Dearden, whose group teed off two hours after You’s, birdied both par-3s on the front nine to keep his score low.
Dearden and You, who finished second and third last year, entered Wednesday among the favorites to win the event.
Other contenders, however, may have taken themselves out of the running in the first day. Weber’s Bubba Hall said he shot a 66 in a practice round at Talons Cove, but Wednesday shot an 83. West’s Austin Banz, who shot a combined 142 in two rounds two days at last year’s championship at Sleepy Ridge, shot a 15-over 87 Wednesday.
Big comebacks Thursday may be tough. Weather forecasts called for a chillier, rainier day.
“I’m just going to think the same way I did today,” Dearden said. “I think conditions will be pretty similar.”
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5A boys’ golf championship
Indiviaual standings, Day 1
1. (tie) Kyler Dearden, Northridge • 72
Kenny You, Alta • 72
3. (tie) Colton Dallimore, Syracuse • 74 Henry Leng, Granger • 74
5. Charlie Duensing, Brighton • 75
6. (tie) Berkely Stulce, Lone Peak • 77
Max Metcalf, Cottonwood • 77
7. (tie) McKay Jonson, Viewmont • 78
Logan Lemperle, Riverton • 78
Dallin Wilcox, Layton • 78
Team standings, Day 1
Alta • 321
Lone Peak • 325
Brighton • 328
Syracuse • 330
Bingham • 330
Cottonwood • 331
Viewmont • 332
American Fork • 334
Northridge •335
Weber • 336
Fremont • 336
West Jordan • 337
Riverton • 338
West • 356
Taylorsville • 366
Hunter • 382