After taking second last week for the first time this season, the Pine View golf team took back bragging rights, as the Panthers finished the day with a team score of 318, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Desert Hills (335) and third-place Dixie (337).
Noah Schone led the way for Pine View as he fired a 2-over par 74 to take home medalist honors for the sixth time this season. The senior and Dixie State commit had an up and down day, but did finish with a tournament-high six birdies.
With the win, Schone is now just one win away from tying the Region 9 record for most individual wins in a single-season which was set by former Desert Hills star golfer Taylor Cummings.
“Green Spring is a great course and is one of the toughest courses that we’ll play all season,” Schone said. “It was a battle out there today, but I’m glad that I was able to bounce back after what happened last week.”
After winning five consecutive tournaments to start the season, Schone couldn’t get anything going at Cedar Ridge last week. The senior carded an 83 — his worst performance of the season. But Schone’s ability to bounce back and put it all behind him is what makes him one of the favorites to win it all at the 3A state tournament next month.
“It really was a bizarre day,” Schone recalled of his 83. “After that, I pushed myself in practice all week in order to get back into form.”
When asked if he was nervous heading into the tournament, Schone smiled and said, “I wasn’t nervous at all, just eager to get back out and play like I know I can play.”
He did just that as he kept his season average at 73.2.
Cedar’s Jake Jenkins finished in a tie for fourth after firing an 82. It was Jenkins’ first Top 5 finish of the season and helped lead the Redmen to a fourth-place team finish. Coming into Tuesday’s tournament, Cedar hadn’t finished higher than fifth before edging Snow Canyon and Hurricane for its best finish of the season.
Desert Hills finished second and was led by Will Stewart’s 79. The junior had five birdies on the day with four of them coming on the back nine.
After knocking down a 40-foot putt to save par, Stewart rolled off four-straight birdies.
On the par-3 17th hole and with his ball sitting on the fringe, Stewart calmly rolled in a 13-foot putt to keep his birdie streak going.
“Some of the pins’ positions today were in tough spots and just blew me away,” Stewart said. “I was glad I was able to get those birdies going to help keep my score from being so high.”
After his balled rolled into the bottom of the cup, Stewart’s father and his friends let out a big cheer in celebration.
“Yeah my dad and friends are pretty loud. They got excited which was fun to see and it felt like I was on tour,” Stewart said jokingly.
Dixie was right behind Desert Hills as the Flyers were led by Jack Phillips and Carsen Bottema. The duo ended up in a tie for fourth after both fired 82s. Phillips, who was coming off a second-place finish last week, had things going early on as he chipped in an eagle on the par-4 12th hole.
Pine View’s Dakota Millward posted his best finish of the season as the senior carded a 79 to finish tied for second with Stewart.
Next week’s region tournament finale with have plenty at stake as Hurricane and Snow Canyon battle it out for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Tigers and Warriors are currently tied so next Wednesday’s tournament at Sky Mountain will be for all the marbles.
1. Pine View 318
2. Desert Hills 335
3. Dixie 337
4. Cedar 376
5. Hurricane 379
6. Snow Canyon 385
1. Noah Schone (Pine View) 74
2. Will Stewart (Desert Hills) 79
3. Dakota Millward (Pine View) 79
T-4. Jaden Milne (Pine View) 82
T-4. Jack Phillips (Dixie) 82
T-4. Carsen Bottema (Dixie) 82
T-4. Jake Jenkins (Cedar) 82