The Stansbury and Tooele boys golf teams wrapped up the the 2020 Region 10 season with back-to-back tournaments this week, playing Tuesday morning at Oquirrh Hills Golf Course in Tooele before Wednesday’s match at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Taylorsville, which will host the Class 4A state championship tournament next month.
Stansbury’s Braydon Griffith clinched region medalist honors Tuesday. He shot a 69 at Oquirrh Hills to finish five strokes ahead of Cedar Valley’s Tristan McKinney, and he followed that up with a 72 that put him a stroke behind Uintah’s Kamon Anderson at Meadowbrook. Griffith finished with an average score of 69.2 in eight region tournaments this season, with his two worst scores in relation to par dropped. McKinney was second at 74.7, with Uintah’s Ethan Young third at 75.8. Tooele’s Cache Holmes was fourth with an average score of 76.
Uintah edged Stansbury by 1.5 points for the region title, as the Utes won Wednesday’s tournament by three strokes over Cedar Valley. Stansbury finished third on Wednesday, four strokes behind Uintah.
Ultimately, it was Tuesday’s fourth-place finish that dealt the biggest blow to Stansbury’s region-title hopes, as Cedar Valley won the tournament by seven strokes over Uintah. Tooele was another four strokes back in third place, beating Stansbury by seven. Had Stansbury finished two strokes better on Wednesday, and eight strokes better on Tuesday, the Stallions would have edged Uintah by half a point for the region crown.
Stansbury posted a team score of 319 in a hotly contested battle with Uintah and Cedar Valley. Griffith’s 72 led the way, with Ty Taylor’s 78 earning him a tie for fifth place. Kimball Thorpe tied for 14th with an 81, and Kyle Hansen tied for 26th with an 88 to round out the Stallions’ effort.
Blake Mahler (89, tied for 28th), Brock Shepherd (94, tied for 36th), Devun Collins (96, tied for 42nd) and Joseph Luke (102, 47th) also played for Stansbury on Wednesday.
Tooele tied with Juan Diego for fourth place with a score of 336 as the Buffaloes held on to fourth place in the region standings. Holmes’ 78 tied him for fifth place, and Jaxon Hunt shot an 80 to tie for ninth. AJ Griffith (86, tied for 18th) and Jake Hervat (92, 34th) were the Buffs’ other scoring golfers.
Landon Buell and Hunter McPhie each shot 94 to tie for 36th place. Traevynn Minor (104, 48th) and Jaxton Pratt (110, 50th) also represented Tooele in the tournament.
Uintah won the tournament with a score of 315, with Cedar Valley at 318. Ogden was sixth at 341 and Ben Lomond was seventh at 352.
Other than Anderson, Braydon Griffith, Taylor, Holmes and Hunt, the top-10 also included Uintah’s Trae Elison (75, third) and Trey Briggs (80, tied for ninth); Cedar Valley’s Landon Dunn (76, fourth), Anthony Price (79, tied for seventh) and McKinney (79, tied for seventh); Juan Diego’s Kyle Ebner (80, tied for ninth); and Ben Lomond’s Trenton Harris (80, tied for ninth) and Garren Gooda (80, tied for ninth).
Cedar Valley shot a 318 to beat second-place Uintah’s 325, as each team placed three golfers in the top-10 individually. Tooele had two top-10 finishers — Holmes (75, third) and Hunt (81, ninth) — while Braydon Griffith was the only Stansbury player in the top-19 in the Stallions’ lowest finish of the season.
Holmes and Hunt led Tooele’s effort on its home course, though Buell (85, tied for 12th) and AJ Griffith (88, tied for 19th) also had strong days as the Buffs posted a team score of 325. Hervat (89, tied for 22nd), McPhie (97, tied for 40th), Minor (100, tied for 45th) and Ethan Garcia (116, 52nd) rounded out the THS contingent.
Thorpe shot 88 for Stansbury and tied for 19th place. Coy Bingham’s 89 tied him for 22nd, and Taylor and Hansen each shot 90 to tie for 25th as the Stallions posted a team score of 332. Luke and Shepherd each shot 91 to tie for 27th, and Cooper Jones’ 94 put him in a tie for 34th.
Ogden was third in the team standings at 346, followed by Juan Diego (349) and Ben Lomond (366). The top-10 individuals were Braydon Griffith (69), McKinney (74), Holmes (75), Anderson (77), Uintah’s Ethan Young (77), Dunn (77), Elison (78), Ogden’s Coltin Powell (80), Hunt (81) and Price (82).
The teams of Region 10 will now turn their focus to the Class 4A state tournament, to be contested Oct. 7-8 in Taylorsville.