Tooele and Stansbury golf teams will battle it out for second place in the final Region 11 standings at Tuesday’s meet at Glenn Eagle Golf Course in Syracuse.
After winning all six matches this season, Bear River is way out in front of the pack with 30 points, followed by Tooele 22, Stansbury 20, Grantsville 11 and Ben Lomond 7.
Stansbury gained a point on Tooele Thursday at the match at Oquirrh Hills Golf Course with a team score 314 compared to Tooele’s 333. Bear River shot 310, Grantsville 354 and Ben Lomond 270.
The first-place team received 5 points, second 4, third 3, fourth 2 and fifth 1 at previous matches for the current total. The team point totals will be double at Tuesday’s match, so the Stallions have a shot at tying the Buffaloes for second in the region if they can beat them Tuesday.
“Nobody is going to catch Bear River, but we would like to beat Tooele [Tuesday] for county bragging rights,” said Stansbury coach Robert Fordham. Tooele has finished second at region meets four times, and Stansbury has finished in the second spot twice.
Three Stansbury golfers finished ahead of all the Tooele players at Thursday’s match at Oquirrh Hills. Sam Babcock led the way with an even par 72, Trey Osterud shot 74 and Dallon Allred shot 82.
Tooele’s Braxton Quinn, Braydon Boswell and Eric Egelund all shot 83.
Ryan Romero shot an 86 for the final score to count for Stansbury. Wayne Carlson and Garrett Gleed both fired 89 for Tooele’s final score.
Babcock and Osterud have been playing golf consistently for eight years. Both got started playing with their dads — Mike Babcock and Mike Osterud.
Babcock’s last two outings have been his best of the season. On Sept. 12, he shot a 1-over 71 at El Monte in Ogden. His best round prior to that was a 74 in a region match at Stansbury Golf Course. Osterud’s best match was that same day at Stansbury with a 72.
Babcock’s average score is 75.2, Osterud 79.4 and Allred 82.2. The next two lowest scorers on the team are Ryan Romero 82.4 and Marshall Lindsay 88.
Tooele’s Braxton Quinn has fired three rounds under 80 for the season. He shot 2-under 70 at Stansbury, a 77 at Overlake and a 79 at El Monte. Jerzee Houston fired a 72 at Bear River. Braydon Boswell also has one round under 80 with a 78 at Stansbury.
The Stansbury coach said Babcock is consistent with his driver off the tee and hitting greens in regulation. “Trey (Osterud) is good at scrambling, getting up and down after some not-so-good tee shots,” the coach said.
Tooele and Stansbury have been dead even this year. Tooele’s four victories over Stansbury were by 6, 3, 10 and 2 strokes. Stansbury’s wins were by 2 strokes and 19 strokes in this last match.
Grantsville’s Danny Nelson has had two solid rounds in the last two meets with an 84 and an 85. Braxton Shoell and Devin Arellano both shot 88 Thursday, and Aaron Harrison shot 94.