Bingham boys golfers place fourth in state tournament
Nov 03, 2017 11:30AM
● By Josh McFadden
For some high school sports, the fall season hasn’t even gotten to the state tournament yet. But the boys golf season is already in the books, and the Bingham Miners were right in the thick of things during the two-day 6A state tournament, Oct. 2 and 3 at Valley View Golf Course in Layton.
After a successful regular season, the Miners performed well at state, finishing fourth among all teams. The Miners shot a 605, five strokes behind third-place Weber and 14 behind fellow Region 4 school Lone Peak. Davis won the tournament by shooting 580.
“We were really excited to place fourth in state,” said head coach James Applegate. “We had a goal of placing in the top five. I enjoy watching my team set and achieve goals. I enjoy hanging out with them.”
Each state-qualifying team sent six players to the tournament. Bingham’s participants were freshman Jordan Bingham, sophomore Garrett Bland, senior Ethan Fowlks, senior Tristan Fuller, senior Nick Anderson and senior Noah Kirby. Bingham and Fuller had the best individual scores for the Miners, both shooting a 154. Fowlks shot a 155, followed by Anderson’s 156, Bland’s 157 and 166 from Kirby.
Bingham was in fifth place after the first day and moved up a spot after a solid day two. The Miners were consistent throughout the tournament, shooting 301 and 304, respectively.
Aside from a good finish at state, Applegate enjoyed the camaraderie the team members showed as well as the positive attitude each golfer displayed on and off the course.
“I like the diversity of this group,” he said. “I enjoy watching kids of all backgrounds and experiences come together as a team.”
Applegate will have to replace Fowlks, Fuller, Anderson and Kirby. They led this year’s senior class and have improved every year. When they were sophomores, the Miners didn’t qualify for state. Last year, Bingham tied for sixth at state. Their hard work and perseverance paid off, as they led the team to a solid finish.
The Miners have firepower coming back next year, and Applegate has high expectations for 2018 and his team’s ability to continue the school’s tradition of excellent golf.
“I feel we’re going to be strong again,” he said. “I have two returning state players, and I have a good group of golfers returning. If this group works hard, I don’t see any reason why they will not have success.”