Prep boys golf: Park City blows out to big lead in 3A

Prep boys golf • The reigning state champ enjoys a two-shot lead.
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The Park City Miners have enjoyed a stranglehold on Utah's Class 3A boys golf scene over the past five years

That grip appears to be tightening.

Park City shot a 303 on the first day of the Class 3A boys state golf tournament to open a 16-stroke lead Wednesday at Roosevelt Golf Course. The Miners are in position to capture their fifth consecutive state title.

"It's never the same old thing. It's always exciting," Park City coach George Murphy said. "It's kind of a neat thing that that's the expectation. [Winning the state championship] is kind of a tradition, and our guys want to live up to that."

Justin Shluker, who won the individual state title last year, shot the best round of the day with a 73, good enough to give him a two-stroke lead heading into Thursday's second and final round.

"I just knew I had to stay patient with it because there's a lot of golf to be played," Shluker said. "I knew if I stayed patient, there were still birdies on the back nine. If you play decent on the front, you can score well on the back, and that's what I did."

Union is in second after shooting a 319, while Pine View (328), Spanish Fork (329), Wasatch (329) and Desert Hills (330) all are within three strokes of third place.

Juab's Dalton Jackson (75) is second behind Shluker, and Park City's Harry Hanskat (76), Union's Kaden McDonald (76) and Juan Diego's Ryan Lowe (76) also are within striking distance.

The golfers had to battle through gusty winds for much of the afternoon after a calm morning.

Murphy said the Miners called on their experience in previous state tournaments to handle the conditions, which allowed them to build their lead.

"The front nine was pretty calm, but then it just started blowing, probably 30 to 40 mph winds," Murphy said. "It was crazy, but we hung in there, and four out of our six were able to post scores in the 70s." —

Team scores

Park City: 303

Union: 319

Pine View: 328

Spanish Fork: 329

Wasatch: 329

Desert Hills: 30

Juan Diego: 335

Ogden: 335

Payson: 336

Snow Canyon: 337

Morgan: 339

Dixie: 343

Stansbury: 344

North Sanpete: 345

Bear River: 345

Carbon: 350

Top 10 individuals

Justin Shluker, Park City: 73

Dalton Jackson, Juab: 75

Harry Hanskat, Park City: 76

Kaden McDonald, Union: 76

Ryan Lowe, Juan Diego: 76

Mitchell Schow, Park City: 77

Jalen Roberts, Park City: 77

Dakota Denver, Union: 77

Hayden Hayward, Pine View: 78

Robbi Etzel, Carbon: 78