Stansbury junior Braydon Griffith comes closer to the Class 4A state boys golf title every year, and he was knocking on the door yet again Thursday at Meadow Brook Golf Course in Taylorsville.
Griffith entered the final round of the state tournament just a stroke behind Crimson Cliffs senior Luke Schone after firing a 4-under par 68 on Wednesday. Again on Thursday, he shot the second-best score in the field with a 2-under par 70, giving him a two-day score of 6-under par — one of just five players to finish the tournament in red numbers. However, Schone backed up his first-round 67 with a 68 on Wednesday, holding off Griffith for a three-stroke victory.
Griffith opened his round with an eagle on the par-4 first hole, and added a birdie on No. 7. However, back-to-back bogeys on No. 9 and No. 10 set him back. While he recovered to birdie No. 11 and No. 14, it wasn’t enough to overcome Schone’s five-birdie, one-bogey effort.
Griffith was the lone Tooele County player remaining in the field on Thursday, as Stansbury and Tooele both missed the cut in the team competition following Wednesday’s first round.
Griffith tied for sixth at the state tournament in 2019 at TalonsCove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs, and tied for 48th at Birch Creek Golf Course in Smithfield as a freshman in 2018.
The Grantsville boys golf team brought home a fifth-place finish from the Class 3A state tournament at Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan on Thursday, finishing a stroke ahead of sixth-place Grand, five strokes ahead of seventh-place Juab and seven strokes ahead of eighth-place Union.
Grantsville finished with a two-day score of 647, with a team score of 321 on Thursday. Grayson McKeever finished in a tie for 18th place overall, following his first-round 78 with a second-round score of 80. Jace Sandberg was Grantsville’s top player on Thursday, shooting 5-over par 77 to finish in a tie for 21st place after shooting 84 on Wednesday.
Chris Hansen shot 79 on Thursday and finished 24th overall, and Davin Ekins shot 85 to finish 30th. Gage Anderson was 37th after shooting 93 on Thursday, and Ben Daybell tied for 45th after shooting an 89.
Morgan won the team title with a two-day score of 597. Delta was second at 623, followed by Judge Memorial (625) and Richfield (634). Carbon (665) finished ninth.