Tooele’s Bridger Holmes found himself just one shot out of a playoff for individual medalist honors at the Class 4A state boys golf tournament earlier this week, shooting even-par 72 in each of his two rounds at Birch Creek Golf Course in Smithfield.
Holmes tied with Sky View’s Ryan Seamons and Pine View’s Lucas Schone for third place. Ashton Davison of Desert Hills beat Park City’s Dean Tsandes in a playoff for the individual title on Tuesday after both shot 72-71 through 36 holes.
Peyton Thevenot gave Tooele two top-10 finishers, with his two-day total of 150 (77-73) earning him a tie for 10th place with Park City’s Griffin Ward and Spanish Fork’s Tyler Clayson. Holmes and Thevenot led Tooele to an impressive fifth-place team finish.
One day after finishing just two strokes above the cut line, the Buffaloes improved their team score by 27 strokes from 320 to 293. Their second-day score was just one stroke off the pace set by Park City, which won its 11th consecutive state championship.
Nate Putnam played a major role in the Buffs’ second-day surge. Twenty-four hours after shooting a 96 in the opening round, he bounced back with a score of 4-over par 76. Tegan Robison, the Buffaloes’ No. 3 player, shot 72 on Day 2 to give him a total of 157 and a tie for 24th place individually.
Ashton Morril shot 86 on the first day and 85 on the second day for a total of 171. Devon Finlayson shot 88-95 for a total of 183 for the Buffs.
Stansbury missed the team cut by four strokes after shooting a 326 on the first day of the tournament. Brady Kimberling shot a 76 and Braydon Griffith shot an 80 to advance to the second day as individuals, with Kimberling finishing tied for 22nd with a total of 156 and Griffith recording a two-day total of 165.
Stansbury was also represented by Gabe Golden (84), Dallen Land (86), Hunter Luke (90) and Cole Clawson (95).