Blair takes top spot as Miners notch third place at state tournament
May 30, 2018 12:02PM
● By Josh McFadden
Bingham girls golf took third at the state tournament. (Photo courtesy PGA of Utah)
By Josh McFadden | [email protected]
The Bingham High School girls golf team went through the rigors of region matches all season long, not to mention some tournaments against top teams. So, it was fitting the Miners would face similar competition at state.
And the Miners more than held their own.
Bingham was neck and neck with Class 6A’s best teams and finished third overall at the state tournament, held May 14–15 at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Taylorsville. The Miners scored a 622, 17 strokes behind second-place Davis and 30 strokes behind fellow Region 4 foe Lone Peak.
Bingham’s top golfer was Tess Blair, whose two-day total was 134. She hit a 65 on the first day and 65 on the second. The junior was the top overall medalist in all of 6A. Junior Carissa Graft tied for fifth overall in the tournament, shooting a pair of 72s for 144 strokes total. Jenique Jacobs, Caeley Horton, Gabby Langi and Morgan Bangerter also participated in the tournament and helped the team’s cause. Jacobs improved nine strokes from day one to day two, while Horton went from shooting a 99 to a shooting an 86.
“A couple of our players struggled the first day, but we played better the second day,” said head coach Brett Boberg. The Miners shot 315 the first day and 307 on day two.
Bingham firmly grabbed third place, shooting 60 strokes better than fourth-place Pleasant Grove.
Boberg was pleased with the season overall and said the girls had a positive experience. He pointed out that the Miners competed in the most talented region in the state.
“A lot of girls say this was their favorite year in the past three,” he said. “We had a great St. George trip, and we had crazy competition week in and week out in our region. This was by far the most competitive region in the state. Four of the five top teams in the state came from our region.”
Because every match featured excellent golfers, it would have been easy for the Miners to get discouraged. Yet, Boberg said everyone had a positive attitude throughout the season.
“Watching these girls get mentally tougher and stronger and to be able to fight through adversity is what I enjoy most,” he said.
Boberg bids farewell to seniors Jacobs and Langi. Jacobs has already signed to play at Dixie State, and Langi will attend a military academy in New Mexico. However, the team welcomes back experience and skills, so the coming years appear bright at Bingham.
“We're still fairly young so we look to the future with hope,” Boberg said.