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Prep girls' golf: Loss in 2016 playoff motivates Bountiful's Jobi Einerson for state tournament

Published May 15, 2017 3:40 pm

Prep girls' golf • Last year's loss motivates Einerson for this week's 4A state tournament.
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It doesn't happen very often that everyone at a golf tournament — coaches, players, family, friends, spectators — has all eyes fixed on a single player.

In fact, on the high school level, that really happens only when a playoff is required to decide first place.

When it does occur, awards and presentations are put on hold while the deadlocked golfers head back out to tee it up again.

Jobi Einerson knows all about that now.

The Bountiful player was only a sophomore a year ago when she tried to upset Provo's Naomi Soifua at the Class 4A state championships. But this scenario was all new to her back then and, as she readily admits now, more than a bit unnerving.

"Oh, I remember. I've replayed that hole in my head millions of times," Einerson said. "I just hit one left into the trees and just didn't get it done. I didn't recover from it.

"The fairway was just lined with people and I think it just got to me, honestly," she added. "That was like the first time I'd ever been in a situation like that — I think that was good for me."

The Class 4A state golf meet is set for Monday and Tuesday at the Meadow Brook Golf Course in Taylorsville. The 5A state championships will take place the same two days at Davis Park in Kaysville.

Despite her best efforts in 2016, Einerson is among a group of challengers still hoping to dethrone the three-time individual champ Soifua.

The Provo senior won the 2014 4A title as a freshman and then repeated in 2015. In that tourney two years ago, Einerson was tied for fifth ­— but more than 20 strokes off Soifua's pace.

At the championships, held in Midway last spring, Einerson burst to the lead with a 67 on the first day and showed she had more than made up the gap over the course of a year.

But Einerson said she was also saddled with a migraine almost the whole second day of last year's tourney. A five-shot lead at the beginning of the second round wholly disappeared by the end of the round.

"The first day, I had an amazing round — probably the best one of my life," Einerson said. "The second day, I got a migraine and shot a 77. I probably got that from the stress. That's what my mom thinks."

Einerson said she plans to be carrying migraine pills with her this time around. Ordinarily, when not hindered by a headache, the Braves' standout is effusive and seemingly open to any possibility.

Her coach at Bountiful, Jenny Hathaway, describes Einerson as "bubbling with a lot of potential."

And she still has the golfing skills that makes her a threat to make a run at individual medalist honors.

"The thing with her is that, even if she gets a little flustered, she can recover," Hathaway said. "She's a competitor is what she is. She thrives on competition."

Einerson said she has shot a 66 in one round this year and that her driver remains her strength — although she feels she needs to work on her short game.

As for the course at Meadow Brook, Einhorn and her teammates have scouted it out several times.

"I like the course a lot. There's nothing too hard about it, it's a straight-forward course," Einerson said. "I'm excited to get on it honestly." —

High school state golf tournaments

Class 5A girls

Where • Davis Park Golf Course, Kaysville

When • Monday and Tuesday

Defending champion • Lone Peak

Class 4A girls

Where • Meadow Brook Golf Course, Salt Lake

When • Monday and Tuesday

Defending champion • Corner Canyon

Class 3A girls

Where • Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, Orem

When • Wednesday and Thursday

Defending champion • Desert Hills

Class 2A girls

Where • Mountain View Golf Course, West Jordan

When • Thursday

Defending champion • Rowland Hall

Class 1A girls

Where • East Bay Golf Course, Provo

When • Wednesday

Defending champion • Milford

Class 1A boys

Where • East Bay Golf Course, Provo

When • Tuesday and Wednesday

Defending champion • Valley






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