PROVO — It’s hard to know exactly how you match up with the other teams around the state, which made Ridgeline’s first-day performance in the 4A state golf tournament a very welcome one for its coach, Dan Roskelley.
When all the scores were posted, the Riverhawks landed in first place after the first day of the two-day competition with a combined team score of 336.
“It’s so hard to know how you’re going to match up with the other teams, being way up north like we are,” Roskelley said. “All our matches are within 20 miles of the Logan area, so yeah, it’s hard to know. You just try to do your best, but yeah, I’m tickled seeing how we did today.”
Leading the way for Ridgeline was Alexis Wilson, who shot a 72 at East Bay Golf Course.
“She has a very sound golf swing and she’s just tough as nails,” Roskelley said. “She’s tiny. She weighs probably just 100 pounds, but she can really smack it. She’s been great for us and she was great today.”
Nipping at Ridgeline’s heels is Park City, which shot a team score of 342 led by Grace Donahue’s round of 75. Desert Hills stands in third place with a team score of 354, with Dixie standing fourth, scoring a combined 358.
While Ridgeline and other programs may not have known exactly what to expect, Lehi coach Tele Wightman fully expected his top golfer, Lila Galea’i, to shoot the lights out. The talented sophomore finished with the low round of 70 on Wednesday, although it very well could have been lower.
“She was three under (par) heading into 16, but made a bogey there when it looked like she’d have an easy birdie, and then 3-putted the next hole, so she gave some away at the end there,” Whitman said. “But she’s obviously just outstanding and she was great today, for the most part.”
Whitman has been coaching the young sophomore since she was young, to the point where she’s just at a different level than most golfers.
“The ball just sounds different when her club hits it,” Whitman said. “She can drive it consistently 280 yards and she’s just so gifted. She’s amazing and she’s really fun to watch. She’s a hard worker, has a great mentality. We’re fortunate to have her and she really feels comfortable on this course.”
As for Lehi, it made the cut, scoring a combined 369.
The 4A tournament wraps up on Thursday with the last groups set to tee off around 11 a.m.
Ridgeline, 336; 2. Park City, 342; 3. Desert Hills 354; 4. Dixie, 358; 5. Uintah, 359; 6. Bear River, 368
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News