The Pine View golf team won its second consecutive Region 9 title Wednesday after picking up its eighth victory of the season at Sky Mountain Golf Course.
Once again, Noah Schone led the way for the Panthers with a 1-under 71 to win medalist honors for the seventh time this year.
For a moment, Schone briefly looked like Michael Phelps with the number of medals that he had hanging around his head. The senior tied the region record with seven tournament wins, which was set by his cousin Taylor Cummings, who played at Desert Hills two years ago.
“I left some putts out there, but overall I’m happy that I could come under par today,” he said. “It’s a real privilege to tie the region record, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our team can do at the state tournament next week.”
Schone’s best shot came on the par-4 fourth hole when he nearly chipped in for eagle. After clubbing up on his second shot, Schone’s shot hit a little hill right next to the pin. After gaining momentum, his ball continued to roll down the hill, which was headed straight for the cup. With his family watching and cheering, Schone thought for a second that his ball landed in the cup.
“I couldn’t see the ball from my position, but I saw everyone cheering, and I thought for sure it that it had gone in,” Schone said. “My family doesn’t believe me, but I was really aiming for the kick off the hill because in practice I noticed that every ball was rolling off of it and headed towards the pin.”
Schone had seven birdies on the day, but his best moment came days before the tournament when he gave his exemption to his fellow teammate Jarom Price.
“Every week during qualifying Jarom comes up a shot or two just short, and he hasn’t played in a tournament all year. I don’t think anyone realized that, and so I talked to our coaches about it last week to see if we could let Jarom play in the region finale since he’s a senior.”
After talking to his coaches and learning that they couldn’t bend the rules, Schone was told that Price either had to have an exemption, or that he had to make the cut during qualifying.
With an exemption after winning the tournament the previous week, Schone gave it up for Price so that he could close out his senior year with a good experience.
“Noah brought the idea to me and I loved it,” said Pine View head coach Brooks Bergeson. “Jarom has been with the team for a long time and has been at every practice. He never complains, and to see the team rally around him was special.”
Dixie finished second thanks to Pierce Goodwin, who fired a 76 — his best score of the season — to finish second overall. The senior had a wild day that included two eagles and two birdies. Goodwin almost got an albatross on the 18th hole after his shot from 171 yards out bounced just left of the hole for a tap-in eagle.
“Being a senior and with it being my last region tournament in my career, I just went out there and had fun,” Goodwin said. “No matter the outcome I went out and just had fun, and it worked out.”
Heading into Wednesday’s finale, Snow Canyon and Hurricane were battling for the fourth and final playoff spot at next week’s state tournament after coming in tied. But playing on its home course, the Tigers topped the Warriors by 22 strokes and is now one of three teams (Pine View, Dixie, Desert Hills) who will represent Region 9 at state next week at Soldier Hollow.
Kammeron Plant (Desert Hills)
Clancy Christiansen (Snow Canyon)
Final Top 10 Standings
1) Noah Schone (Pine View
2) Jaden Milne (Pine View)
3)Trajen Kidd (Pine View)
4) Will Stewart (Desert Hills)
5) Dakota Millward (Pine View)
6) Pierce Goodwin (Dixie)
7) Jack Philips (Dixie)
8) Brody Henderson (Dixie)
9)Kammeron Plant (Desert Hills)
T-10th Smith Haley (Pine View)
T-10th Carson Bottema (Dixie)