ST. GEORGE -- A nine-shot lead did the defending champion St. Joseph High boys golf team no good as the Layton Christian Eagles put together the low score of the tournament to post an impressive 13-shot win in the state 1-A championships, which wrapped up Tuesday at Southgate Golf Course.
With freshman Jaece Stokes claiming medalist honors in impressive fashion, LCA rolled to a four-player score of 320 on Tuesday to earn the championship with a 657.
St. Joseph finished second at 670, while Monticello scored a 701 to edge Rich by four shots for third place.
The Eagles and Jayhawks had battled back and forth at every Region 17 tournament, with the Eagles winning the title by 11 shots.
In the 2-A/1-A girls tournament held on Tuesday at the same course, St. Joseph finished third overall behind Richfield and Beaver.
Stokes was tied with teammate Austin Geddings and St. Joseph's Jared Kenny after Monday's first round, but fired an impressive 4-under-par 68 to finishe at 143. Geddings was next at 147 after a 172, while Kenny finished third at 151.
Rich's McKay Jarman finished fourth at 165, with St. Joseph's Colton Murphy was fifth at 166. St. Joseph's John Voinovich tied for seventh at 170, while Layton Christian's Nick Norton was ninth at 172.
Kyle Yockey (195), Jason Haugen (222) and Kory Whitehead (226) were the other members of the winning team
In the one-day girls tournament, Richfield won with 210 points using the modified stableford system. Beaver topped St. Joseph 201-200 for the runner-up spot.
Richfield's Carly Jorgensen tallied 83 point to take medalist honors. St. Joseph's Greta Schneider (74) was third with teammate Alexandria Shinaut (72) fifth. St. Joseph won the state title in 2009 and 2010, finishing fourth last May.
Layton Christian finished sixth as a team, paced by Anna Ruzkova at 49.
Rich golfer Angelica Myer recorded a hole in one, a first in UHSAA girls golf.