After dominating 3A golf for the past decade, when it captured eight state titles, Timpview High had a new challenge this year with the school's move up to 4A.
Now instead of beating up on teams like Uintah and Springville, the T-Birds faced the likes of traditional 4A golf powers such as Skyline, Brighton and Cottonwood.Hey, no problem, said the T-Birds from Provo.
Timpview marched onto Glendale Golf Course and came away with the gold trophy and the 4A state championship Wednesday afternoon. The T-Birds' 305 team total gave them a two-stroke edge over Hillcrest and Brighton in the 18-hole one-day competition.
Timpview Coach Barry Olson, the only golf coach the school's had since its inception 15 years ago, wasn't surprised by his team's success in the 4A ranks.
"I knew there would be more low scores, but I didn't think the lowest score would beat us," he said. "We used to beat the 4A teams when we played the 3A tournament at the same course.
"Today I had an idea a 305 or 306 would be okay, and it turns out it was."
Actually, the T-Birds would have cruised to victory if they hadn't stumbled on the last few holes with several double bogeys and bogeys. Olson figured his team lost at least seven shots on the last two holes alone.
Will Huish led the way for Timpview with a 72, Shad Roundy shot a 76, Todd Overton fired a 78 and Beau Moody came in with a 79 in the best four-of-five scoring format.
Moody, the last T-Bird golfer, needed a favorable ruling on the last hole after hitting his second shot up against a fence. Some people wanted him disqualified, which would have taken the title away from Timpview, but the ruling stood.
"We asked the pro twice for a ruling and he was quite convinced of it," said Olson. "It wasn't like the kid was trying to pull anything off."
It was a good day for Hillcrest, which not only had its highest finish ever (the Huskies won a playoff for the second-place trophy), but they also provided the individual champion in Scott Clark.
Clark, a junior, defeated Timpview's Huish and Mountain View's Zack Orton in a sudden-death playoff after all fired even-par 72s.
On the first playoff hole, Huish hit two shots in the water and was quickly eliminated with a double bogey. Clark and Orton both parred and went to No. 2.
Clark hit his approach shot 35 feet above the hole and left his putt 10 feet shot. It looked like Orton had a big edge, sitting just 20 feet below the hole. However, he got too aggressive and sent his putt 6 feet above the hole.
Then Clark calmly sank his downhill putt and Orton didn't, ending the playoff right there.
"I'm really surprised to win," said Clark. "On that putt, I had the line and it fell right in."
The 16-year-old Clark was the low golfer this past summer in competition between Utah junior golfers and some junior golfers from Japan.
Two golfers Matt Dimick or Orem and Troy Crosland of Brighton finished with 73s. Two more golfers came in with 74s - Layton's Steve Garcia and Mountain View's Cory Williams.
In the team competition, Mountain View was fourth at 311, Weber and Davis tied for fifth at 312, Cottonwood was seventh at 318 and Orem came in eighth at 319.
In the 3A golf tournament at Springville's Hobble Creek, both the individual honors and the team title were decided by sudden-death playoffs.
Cedar City edged Uintah on the first hole of sudden death for the Redmen's first golf championship in three years, with Timpview having won the title the previous two years. Both Cedar and Uintah had finished with 307 team scores after regulation play.
Rounding out the top five were Box Elder, 313; Logan, 315; Springville, 317.
Greg Slack of Cedar City made it a sweep for the Redmen in the individual competition, beating Logan's Jim McGregor on the fourth playoff hole. Slack and McGregor had carded 73s in regulation.