For the first time this season, the girls in Region 12 played two golf tournaments in the same week.
Perhaps that was the reason scores were a bit higher Thursday at the Logan River Golf Course. Several athletes listed that as a reason. Whatever happened, there were many triple-digit rounds on a picture-perfect day for golf.
Playing twice and even being sick did not seem to bother the top golfer in the region. Alexis Wilson went out and shot a 1-under-par 70 and was the medalist by 15 strokes.
“I’m battling being sick so today I was just trying to put all of my effort into it,” Wilson said. “... It was kind of hard the first 13 holes to focus. It was definitely a push on the last five holes.”
Once again Ridgeline dominated the team competition with a score of 345. The Riverhawks had six golfers finish among the top 10 Thursday. There were seven scores below 100, and four were turned in by Riverhawks.
“It’s fun playing with this team; I love them,” said Ridgeline’s Sara Fujimoto, who finished third with a 86. “We need to stay focused and relaxed when we go to state.”
Bear River continued to hold the second spot with a team score of 396 as Rheagan Hartfiel was second with a 85. For the first time this season, Mountain Crest was not in third. Green Canyon came in third with a score of 425.
“We have a young team and we are learning, but once we are seniors, I think we are going to be really good,” said GC’s Landree Spackman, who was sixth individually with a 97.
Rounding out the team standings were Sky View (442), Mountain Crest (443) and Logan (445).
Joining Wilson and Fujimoto as top individual finishers for the Riverhawks were Mak Tenhoeve in fourth with a 91, Eryn Hendricks in seventh with a 98, Lucy Lyons in eighth with a 100 and Hillary Hall in 10th with a 104.
“Today was really good for me, especially compared to Monday,” Fujimoto said. “Everything was just decent for me today. There was nothing really good, but nothing really bad either.”
On Monday, Wilson shot even par at Birch Creek Golf Course. She is trying to be more aggressive.
“I had a clouded mind today, but I was trying to be aggressive,” Wilson said.
She had four birdies on Thursday, finishing her round with three birds over the last five holes. On 16, she had a nice drive and approach shot.
“I really had to focus in on getting close and getting aggressive on the last two par 5’s,” Wilson said. “... I laid off on a few holes today, but used my driver more than on Monday.
“For the conditions I’m in, I was pretty happy with the score.”
Wilson calls Logan River her home course and it showed Thursday. It’s bad news for the rest of the field as the regular season wraps up next Monday back at the River.
“This course means a lot more to me than any other,” Wilson said. “Hopefully I won’t be sick on Monday.”
Fujimoto is plenty familiar with the River as well.
“You have to play this course really smart,” Fujimoto said. “You don’t have to play driver is something I’ve learned. You can’t let hitting into the hazard get you down. You need to stay focused and mentally in it.”
Joining Spackman and finishing in the top 12 for the Wolves was Alivia Longhurst in 11th with a 106.
“I struggled a little bit today, really bad off the tee,” Spackman said. “I did really good putting. I’ve never done that good before. It was crazy. I think I took my time better, lined it up and made better reads than I usually do. That saved me.”
Logan was led by Jayla Spring with a 103, who tied for ninth.
“It was kind of rough today, lost a couple of golf balls,” Spring said. “It’s the River, so you always lose some. It was nice weather. I was so glad it was sunny.”
The sophomore birdied No. 13, helping her to feel better about a triple-digit score.
“I felt like my iron shots were pretty good today,” Spring said. “... Our team is getting a lot better and we are hoping next year we will be really good.”
Sky View was led by Kinley Poulsen with a 107. The Bobcat tied for 12th.
Mountain Crest was led by Lyndsey Wall and Alli Schroder, who each carded a 108.
RIVERHAWKS 4, TROJANS 1It couldn’t have been a better start for Ridgeline Thursday in a non-region game at Millville.
Starting pitcher Tia Washington struck out the first two Morgan batters she faced, and the Trojans (11-7) went three up, three down. In the bottom of the opening frame, Tyler Thornton led of by sending a 3-2 pitch over the fence in right field. The Riverhawks (11-7) tacked on one more run in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a Morgan error and a single by Laci Leishman.
Ridgeline added runs in the fourth and sixth. Errors helped in the fourth, while Elizabeth Mons led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Isley Kekovoha.
Washington ended the game with her 10th strikeout in the top of the seventh. Washington allowed five hits and walked just one Trojan batter.
The Riverhawks had eight hits as Thornton and Leishman had two each.