The pressure of the playing in the state golf championships can be fairly intense as young golfers play for individual finishes as well as team honors.
The Ogden High girls golf team rolled through the Region 11 season with nary a bump but found the talent much tougher on Monday in the state 3-A tournament at Dinaland Golf Course in Vernal.
Despite a top-5 finish from freshman Xena Motes, the Tigers failed to crack the leaderboard in the 18-hole tournament.
Desert Hills earned the state title with a 245 -point tally using the modified stableford system on Monday. Spanish Fork was next at 231, with Uintah at 224
So chalk this year's tournament up to a learning experience for Ogden, Morgan, Bear River and Ben Lomond.
Dixie's Nicole Thomas shot 75 on Monday, winning the 3-A medalist honors with 87 points. Desert Hills' Katie Perkins had 86, followed by Uintah's Nicole Begay (84), Desert Hills' Sarah Folks (83) and Motes (81).
Ogden's Kesley East and Morgan's Olivian Anderson and Camille Wheatley were further back at 67 points. Bear River's Karley Harper and Ben Lomond's Maleena Miller led their respective teams with 58s. The state 2-A girls tourney is today, with the 4-A and 5-A tourneys set for Wednesday.
1-A boys championship
* JAYHWKS LEAD EAGLES AFTER FIRST ROUND: At St. George, St. Joseph and Layton Christian will battle to the final shot today, following a nip-and-tuck first round of the state 1-A golf tournament at Southgate Golf Course. St. Joseph leads Layton Christian by nine shots, with Rich another 11 shots back after 18 holes.
St. Joseph's Jared Kenny and LCA's Jaece Stokes and Austin Geddings are tied for the medalist honors at 3-over-par 75. St. Joseph's Colton Murphy is next at 80.