Prep golf: Lakers strong in 4-A first day, Royals also make final field

Oct 3 2012 - 9:30pm

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Bonneville High’s Luke Stimpson drives the ball at the first hole during the state 4-A boys golf championships at Logan Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.  Stimpson shot a 79 and the Lakers are tied for second place after the first day of action.
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Roy High’s Trevor Kennedy hits the ball at the state 4-A boys golf championship at Logan Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.
(JENNIFER MEYERS/Herald Journal)
Bonneville High’s Luke Stimpson drives the ball at the first hole during the state 4-A boys golf championships at Logan Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.  Stimpson shot a 79 and the Lakers are tied for second place after the first day of action.
(JENNIFER MEYERS/Herald Journal)
Roy High’s Trevor Kennedy hits the ball at the state 4-A boys golf championship at Logan Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.

LOGAN -- The Lakers are right in the mix for a state 4-A golf crown.

Maple Mountain opened up a two-shot edge going into this morning's final round, but after Monday's first 18 holes, Region 5 champion Bonneville is one of a handful of schools ready to make a charge over the final 18 holes at Logan Country Club.

Bonneville shot a solid team total of 304, tied with Timpanogos and just two strokes behind Maple Mountain.

Orem is at 305, with Timpview at 307, followed by Highland at 318 and defending state champion Woods Cross at 319.

Roy was the only other Region 5 team make the final field, combining for a 326 on a perfect day for golf.

In the medalist chase, Timpview's C.J. Lee tallied a 3-under-par 68 to take a lead over three golfers -- Maple Mountain's Kolton Remund, Timpanogos' Brandon Waldron and 2011 medalist Peyton Hastings at 71.

Bonneville senior Nick Smith is among a group at 1-over 72, along with Sky View's Riley Archibald.

Logan's Justin Kim is at 73 to round out the top 10.

The Lakers' Hayden Gallegos shot 76, with teammate Carson Park at 77 and Luke Stimpson at 79.

Roy was led by Ryder Velasquez and Trevor Kennedy at 78.

Clearfield was led by Matt Sessions with an 86.

Box Elder's Ben Rex competing as an individual, shot 86 as well.

The top 11 teams will play this morning for the state title, with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. over the 6,167-yard course.

3-A championship

At Roosevelt, Region 11 top dogs Bear River and Morgan were unabled to solve Roosevelt Golf Course's challenge, and were eliminated after the first day of action at the state 3-A championships.

That leaves Ogden to go it alone in the team chase today.

Defending 3-A champion Park City burst out to a 16-stroke lead after the first day of action, shooting a 303. Union is at 319 on its home course, while Pine View is at 328, followed by Spanish Fork and Wasatch at 329.

Ogden, which finished third in the Region 11 wars, is at 335.

Morgan finished at 339, with Bear River at 345. Both schools began the day with high expectations but couldn't come up with four solid scores to advance.

In the medalist chase, defending champion Justin Shluker tallied a 73 over the opening round, two shots ahead of Juab's Dalton Jackson. Three others are at 76, while three more are at 77.

Among Top of Utah golfers, Ogden's Spencer Smith is at 80, with teammate Parker DeYoung at 82.

Bear River's Bridger Layton, who was sixth overall in 2011, shot 82 and will advance to today's finale as an individual.

Morgan's Aaron Babbitt and Jason Bledsoe shots 83s and will also play today.

5-A tennis

At Salt Lake City's Liberty Park, the Davis Darts find themselves in a real battle for the state 5-A championship, but they'll have to go into Saturday's final without their leader.

Lone Peak leads after the first day of action on Thursday, with Davis a point back and Alta, Bingham and Cottonwood in the mix as well.

Davis' Alexis Turley flost in the No. 1 singles, quarterfinals, dropping a heated 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 match to Alta's Emily Tanner.

Alexis' little sister, Breezy Turley, is on track to defend her No. 2 singles title with a pair of wins on Thursday. Darts teammate Jensen Emery also won a pair of matches at No. 3 singles, and will play in Saturday morning's semifinals. Davis' doubles teams -- Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks at No. 1, and Alyssa Sheehan and Liz Watkins at No. 2 -- also won two matches.

Of note, seven additional Region 1 entries won their opening matches before losing in the quarterfinals.

The 4-A opening rounds are today with the 3-A openers on Friday. All three classification finals are on Saturday.

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