The Stansbury boys golf team’s season came to a close in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Meadow Brook Golf Course in Taylorsville on Wednesday, but junior Braydon Griffith’s state title hopes lived to see another day.
Griffith found himself tied for second place after firing a score of 4-under par 68, putting him one stroke behind leader Luke Schone of Crimson Cliffs as second-round play got under way Thursday morning after press time. He had seven birdies and three bogeys during his opening round, with six birdies coming in a stretch of 11 holes. He was 3-under on the course’s five par-5 holes, with two of his bogeys coming on par-4s (No. 1 and No. 16) and one on the par-3 eighth hole.
Griffith was one of just eight players to shoot under par, and one of nine to finish within five strokes of the lead.
However, it wasn’t enough for the Stallions to reach Day 2 as a team, as they posted a team score of 335 to finish 13th — seven strokes behind 10th-place Logan for the final spot in Thursday’s field. Brock Shepherd shot an 88 and tied for 69th place individually on Day 1, with Coy Bingham a shot back in a tie for 74th. Ty Taylor shot a 90 and tied for 80th place to complete Stansbury’s team score. Joseph Luke (97, tied for 98th) and Kimball Thorpe (117, 102nd) also played for Stansbury.
Tooele was four strokes behind Stansbury with a team score of 342 and also missed the cut in 14th place. Cache Holmes led the Buffaloes with an 80, good for a tie for 33rd place. Jaxon Hunt tied for 39th with an 81, with Landon Buell (89, tied for 74th) and AJ Griffith (92, tied for 88th) also contributing to the team score. Jake Hervat (94, tied for 92nd) and Traevynn Miner (106, 101st) were the Buffs’ other representatives.
Crimson Cliffs opened a 24-stroke lead over Desert Hills by shooting 9-under as a team on Wednesday, finishing with a score of 279 to the Thunder’s 303. Green Canyon (304), Cedar Valley (307), Ridgeline (310), Hurricane (312), Bear River (313), Pine View (313), Sky View (318) and Logan (328) remain in contention. Uintah (329), Dixie (331), Stansbury (335), Tooele (342), Cedar City (343) and Juan Diego (355) missed the cut at the conclusion of Wednesday’s round.
Grantsville sat in fifth place after the first round of the Class 3A state tournament at Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan, 24 strokes behind first-place Morgan in a tightly contested race for the top spot in the team competition.
Morgan posted a team score of 302 to take a seven-stroke lead over Delta (309). Judge Memorial (315) and Richfield (322) are just ahead of Grantsville, with Grand (332), Carbon (333), Union (335) and Juab (339) rounding out the top nine teams that made the cut following Wednesday’s round. South Sevier (342), Emery (350), Summit Academy (352), Manti (367) and South Summit (398) missed the cut.
Grantsville’s Grayson McKeever shot 6-over par 78 and was tied for 11th place entering the final round. Davin Ekins was tied for 22nd after shooting an 82, while Chris Hansen and Gage Anderson were tied for 26th after each shot 83 to round out the Cowboys’ team score. Jace Sandberg (84, tied for 29th) and Ben Daybell (90, tied for 39th) also took to the course for Grantsville.
Carbon’s Bode Salas and Delta’s Jake Henrie were tied for the lead at 3-under 69 as the only two players in the field to shoot under par. Judge Memorial’s Nico Smith and Morgan’s Brenden Vaughan and Tanner Telford all shot 1-over 73, and were the only other players within five strokes of the lead as play began Thursday morning.