Two St. George golfers, Kyla Smith (Desert Hills) and Gracie Richens (Dixie) have been selected to participate in the premier “Border Wars” Jay Don Blake Cup, a junior team golf tournament between Utah and Nevada. The event, a modified “Ryder Cup” format, will pit the top four girls and top eight boys from Utah and Nevada, each competing in the two-day team tournament hosted by the Utah Junior Golf Association and the Southern Nevada Golf Association.
The tournament will take place May 15th and 16th at Sand Hollow and Coral Canyon Golf Clubs with a formal drawing party taking place on May 14th at Sand Hollow. The unique format will feature team play on the morning of day one, with partners playing 9 holes “Alternate Shot”.
Teammates will take turns playing each other’s shot for the best team score. The afternoon session will play 9 holes of “Best Ball” foursomes with teammates playing their own ball and keeping the best of the two player’s scores. The final day will be all singles matches with 18 holes of match-play. Each hole counts as one point towards the team total. There are a total of 379 points with the state who receives 189.5 points retaining the perpetual team trophy.
Smith and Richens are two of the top junior golfers in Utah, both competing in regional and national tournaments. Richens, and Smith have known each other for many years, first playing tennis together and later becoming accomplished golfers for their schools. Smith, a junior, is hoping to lead Desert Hills to their sixth consecutive State Championship. Richens, a sophomore, led Dixie to a runner-up finish in the 3A state championship last year.
The Border Wars tournament is open to the public to watch the teams compete. Go to www.ujga.com for all tournament and junior golf information.
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