Farmington golf fifth best at state; 3 area golfers All-State in 5A, 6ANov 03, 2022 01:50PM ● By Catherine Garrett
The Farmington High boys golf team placed fifth at the 6A state tournament at Talons Cove Oct. 10-11. The Phoenix squad is pictured here after winning the Region 1 tournament at the end of September. Photo courtesy Eric Bumstead
Farmington’s Cole Taylor bounced back from a tie for 24th place after Day One of the 6A state tournament at Talons Cove Oct. 10 to shoot a 69 and tie for ninth and receive All-State honors. His finish helped the Phoenix squad come in fifth on the final day.
Other Farmington golfers playing in state were Ben Ackley who tied for 24th with a 72 and 75, Jack Summerhays 26th, (75, 73), Luke Kelley tied for 33rd (77, 74), Emerson Cahoon tied for 50th (76, 80) and Dax Anderson tied for 63rd (75, 85).
Max Landon tied for ninth place with rounds of 69 and 73 to finish with First Team All-State honors in leading Davis to a 10th place showing as a team at the 6A state tournament at Talons Cove Oct. 10-11.
“This was a huge accomplishment for Max as a sophomore,” said head coach Josh Roberts. “It’s also his second year in a row getting a top 10 at state.”
Roberts said a key to the Darts ninth place finish after Day 1 was the play of Jack Christiansen who shot a 73. “That was a huge accomplishment for us to make the cut,” Roberts said. “Coming from last year where we took sixth in region and missed state as a team, I think this was a huge growth year that we can be proud of. We are one step closer to our goals.”
Christiansen tied for 56th with a second-round score of 85 while Luke Simmons tied for 68th (82, 81), Peyton Love tied for 72nd (81, 84), Logan Dent tied for 75th (87, 83) and Alex Fisher tied for 75th (82, 88) also competed for Davis at state.
“I’m proud of the way the boys worked so hard this season and are all bought in to the future of the team and what our goals are next year,” Roberts said. “I think we can do some real damage next year if everyone continues to put in the work in the off-season.”
Roberts also noted the contributions of co-coach Jeff Graviet this season. “He does a lot for the team and deserves some recognition,” Roberts said. “We are lucky to have him with us.”
Jon Howe shot a 4-under-68 the first day of the 5A state tournament at Oquirrh Hills Oct. 10 and was just one stroke back of eventual medalist Jackson Shelley of Skyline. The senior had a round of 75 the next day and tied for seventh, earning All-State honors while also leading Woods Cross to a tie for eighth place overall.
“We played a good round the first day [shooting a 296 to tie for fifth place] in order to qualify us for the second day,” said head coach David Simon. “It was a close day with several teams set up to make a run at the championship. I felt like we were one of them. We had great rounds the first day with Jon’s 68, Jaxon Smith’s 71 and Rex Poulsen’s 76.”
Simon said the course had a much more difficult set up for Day Two which was evident on the scoreboard all the way around. “As a team, we had a difficult time navigating the setup of the course and didn’t score as well as we would have liked,” he said.
Other finishes at state were Poulsen, who tied for 41st (76, 80), Smith tied for 52nd (71, 87), Jacob Connors tied for 67th (79, 83), Christian Bates tied for 78th (82, 84) and Dylan Markisich tied for 87th (85, 90).
“Overall, I was pleased with how our guys performed over the course of the year,” Simon said. “You always want a little more and to be a little better. We had ups and downs as a team, as well as individuals. Sometimes golf goes that way.”
Simon particularly noted the contributions of his seniors. “I was proud of their effort and willingness to put in the work to get better and improve their game,” Simon said. “I don’t think all of that hard work paid off completely during the season. Again, sometimes golf goes that way. They were really hard workers. They have shown the underclassmen what it takes to get to a high level of play and we have expectations that the younger guys will put that same work in to improve their games and keep Woods Cross competing at a high level.”
Bountiful’s Stockton Penman tied for 19th at the 5A state tournament with rounds of 73 and 79. Other Redhawks players who made the cut were Luke Smith, who tied for 57th (79, 80), Isaac Stout tied for 64th (76, 84) and Ty Cottle tied for 66th (77,84).
Viewmont’s Luke Gardner shot a 77 and 79 in the two rounds of the 5A state tournament to tie for 41st. He was the lone Vikings player to make the cut and play the second day. λ