By Stacey Camacho, Head Coach
Wind gusts of up to 30 mph and a challenging, difficult mountain course at Soldier Hollow set the stage for an extra-slow pace of play, as players averaged seven-hour rounds. With grit and determination, our Winged Lion golfers Zaria Thompson, Maddie Kwun, Caity Kwun, and Alison Puri battled the physical and mental challenges of the day, maintaining their focus despite the adverse conditions. Three of the four golfers placed in the top six: Zaria fired an 80, Maddie shot an 82, and Caity had a 95. Alison scored a 124 in her first State competition. Although we had only four golfers instead of the usual six—Lane Baker suffered an early season injury that sidelined her for the year—it didn’t seem to pose a problem as our team handily beat second-place Emery 267-246, using the Stableford scoring system.
Sophomore Zaria repeated as the 2A State individual champion, shooting three birdies on the day, and staying positive throughout the long round. Sophomore Maddie placed second, while her senior sister Caity took sixth.
Coach Martin Ellis and I were so proud of the team—the girls really kept their heads together. It was great to see them buckle down and shoot some good scores in some not-so-great conditions.
We were pleased to honor Zaria as Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Alison as Most Improved Player, and to recognize Caity and Maddie with the Coaches’ Award for 2016. Caity also earned Academic All-Region and Academic All-State honors for the season.
With only Caity graduating from the program, we look forward to another strong season in 2017.
Read about the girls’ success in the Deseret News.