The Valley High School boys’ golf team holds the state trophy after winning its fifth consecutive title.
RICHFIELD — The 1A boys golf tournament at Cove View Golf Course offered few surprises as Valley successfully defended its state title for the fifth consecutive time.
Valley’s boys combined for a 697 team score, beating second place Rich by 34 strokes.
Leading the way for Valley was Casey Reck, who shot a two-day total of 159 to claim the individual first-place medal.
“Today I was able to make longer putts, but yesterday I got to the green faster,” Reck said.
Reck grew up on his parents’ Thunderbird Golf Course, which is the home links for the Buffalos.
“Golf has been there my whole life,” Reck said. “I love the game. I love the focus you need to play it.”
It wasn’t an easy victory, as Milford junior Zach Sherwood finished the course just one stroke behind Reck. The two have been pushing each other throughout the season.
“It’s been pretty awesome,” Sherwood said. “I thought I had him, but when he sank that last putt, I knew he had it.”
“We knew it would be a dogfight between those two,” said Ferril Heaton, Valley’s coach. “They’re both great golfers.”
Heaton said Reck’s dedication to the game goes above and beyond.
“When we finish practice, he’ll go out and shoot another 18,” Heaton said. “We’ve had some great kids.”
Heaton, in his 17th year as coach of the Buffaloes, said he hopes to see the team continue its reign as the 1A state champs, as many underclassmen are returning.
“I hope we can keep it going,” Heaton said. “We have had some really good matches against Milford and Panguitch.”
Sevier underclassmen contributed to the victory, including Conner Chamberlain, who carded a 177 for Valley. He was followed by Jerry Gerard at 179 …read more
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