Uintah's Maicee Smuin generated a sixth-place finish and Meghan Pierce placed ninth on Thursday during the Class 4A girls golf tournament at the East Bay Golf Course in Provo, helping the Lady Utes place fourth in the team standings.
Uintah scored 703 points in the 36-hole tournament. Ridgeline captured the crown with 552 points, Park City was second (675 points) and Desert Hills third (683).
The first day of the tournament was played on Wednesday.
“We did very well. I'm very pleased with the girls,” Uintah head coach Kevin Ash said. “The state tournament is a lot different than the regional tournament. Their was a lot more pressure and a lot more people. It's just a different emotion. I'm proud of the girls for battling through.”
Desert Hills had won several Class 4A girls golf titles in a row until the streak was broken by Ridgeline.
“Ridgeline was not a surprise,” Ash added. “They really had six pretty good solid golfers. They had a grood group of girls for awhile.”
During the regular season, Lehi finished first in the Region 10 standings and the Lady Utes were right behind, but Uintah gained a bit of revenge after Lehi finished sixth at state with 716 points. “
“It was nice to beat Lehi,” Ash said.
In the individual standings, Smuin had back-to-back 79s for a 158. Smuin is a sophomore for the Lady Utes.
“This is Maicee's only third year of playing, it was pretty amazing,” Ash explained. “In one of her holes, Maicee chipped one in for a birdie. Overall, she was just really consistent. She played good course management. She put herself in good position to score.”
Pierce carded an 81 in the first 18 holes, while following it up with an 82 for a two-day total of 163. Pierce was in a three-way tie for ninth.
“I'm really happy for Meghan with this being her senior year,” Ash said. “She learned how to battle. She didn't think she was going to make the top 10 and that was her goal.”
Other scores by Uintah were from Becca Sanchez (94-87–181), Karyn Spier (105-96–201); Tylar Lemon (107-105–210) and Taylee Elison (118-126--244).
“For her struggles in the year Becca played very well,” Ash added. “She did a great job. She really battled this year. Karyn had to fight through emotions.”
Sanchez and Pierce are the two seniors on the team. The two were key leaders the last three years for the Lady Utes.
“I'm not real happy about losing them, but that's life,” Ash said. “These two girls are awesome individuals. I look for them to do great things the rest of their lives.”
Ash calls the future of Uintah golf now wide open.
“We need to break in some young girls that are in junior high school this year that are going to be freshman next year that want to play golf ,” Ash explained. “We are going to start to rebuild. I have girls coming back. They just need to practice.”
Class 4A state golf tournament
1. Ridgeline, 552; 2. Park City, 675; 3. Desert Hills, 683; 4. Uintah, 703; 5. Dixie, 708; 6. Lehi, 716; 7. Bear River, 744; 8. Cedar, 763; 9. Bonnevile, 768; 10. Stansbury. 783; 11. Juan Diego, 804.
1. Lila Galea'i, Lehi, 70-68–138; 2. Alexis Wilson, Ridgeline, 72-75–147; 3. Grace Donahue, Park City, 75-75–150; 4. Annabelle Millard, Dixie, 79-73–152; 5. Bailia Milne, Pine View, 77-79–156; 6. Maicee Smuin, Uintah, 79-79–158; 7. Abby Leitz, Desert Hills, 84-77–161; 8. Mark Tenhoeve, Ridgeline, 83-79–162; 9 (tie) McKenzie Schow, Desert Hills, McKenzie Schow, Park City, 84-79–163; Meghan Pierce, Uintah, 81-82–163; Reagen Hartfiel, Bear River 82-81–163.
Other Uintah scores
Becca Sanchez, 94-87–181; Karyn Spier, 105-96–201; Tylar Lemon, 107-105–212; Taylee Elison, 118-126–244).