fSOUTH OGDEN -- The Bees have been working for several years toward this championship.
Led by seniors McCall Uyematsu and Andra Walker and junior Mallary Marx, the Box Elder girls golf squad claimed the Region 5 championships with a 14-stroke win over Bonneville on Monday at Ogden Golf and Country Club.
The Lakers and Bees have battled back and forth for several years, and entered Monday's finale tied in the team points chase.
Box Elder posted a 350 score, followed by Bonne-ville (364) and Mountain Crest (394), with Logan, Sky View and Roy rounding out the field.
"We have a good nucleus of girls, and they have definitely been working hard," Box Elder coach Kevin Peterson said. "They had to stay patient, and I guess that's been the moral of the season. We lost a couple of early tournaments, and I told them to be patient. We had a couple of bad rounds and I reminded them to stay patient. They played well today. It's been a fun accomplishment."
The Bees were the first team to beat Bonneville in region tournament play since girls golf began in the state. Box Elder has finished second to Bonneville at the last two state 4-A championships as well.
"They are a good team, and I would think we will both be in the mix at state again this year," Peterson said.
"We had two goals all year. The first was to win our region. We'll celebrate that for a couple of days. Then we'll start working toward our second goal, which is the state title."
Uyematsu, Logan's Kathleen Miller and Bonneville's Tallie Alder each shot 86s on the lengthy OG&CC track to tie for Monday's top spot. Miller earned the season-long medalist spot, followed by Uyematsu, Bonneville's Jamie Garner and Alder.
"Our group has worked at this for a few years now, and we were finally able to win region," Uyematsu said. "We were tied with Bonneville going in, and it was in the back of our mind. But we just came out and played our games and got the job done."
Uyematsu said the challenging Ogden greens gave all the field a great challenge.
"I struggled for a few holes. This definitely wasn't my best round," the Weber State signee said later.
Marx finished fourth at 87, followed by Walker and Roy's Hailey Case at 88, Box Elder's Ashley Pile at 89, and Garner and Box Elder's Bailey Craynor at 91.
The all-region team included Logan's Miller, Garner, Alder and Annalee Chadwick from Bonneville, Uyematsu, Walker, Marx, Pyle, Bailey Craynor and Kendra Craynor for Box Elder, Richgin Prom from Logan, Makenzie Zollinger from Mountain Crest and Case from Roy.
The state 4-A tournament will be staged May 15 at The Barn Golf Club.
"We have a pretty good shot," Uyematsu said. "We want to improve from our second place finish the past two years. But really, we just have to play with the same mentality we've had all year long."