Vikings edge Titans for Region 1 crown

Oct 2 2013 - 1:52pm

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Region 1 golf is always a fierce competition with some of the best individual golfers facing off week-in and week-out.

The 2013 version was no exception as Viewmont spent the majority of the past two days trying to hold off the hard-charging Syracuse Titans in action at Eagle Mountain Golf Course (Monday) and Hill Air Force Base's Hubbard Golf Course (Tuesday).

In the end, the second-place finish in the final tournament was enough for the Vikings to win their first league title in their return to Region 1 this season.

Kelton Hirsch and Boston Watts led the way for Viewmont as they finished the tournament 1-2 to push their team to the title.

Syracuse had a chance to overtake the Vikings on the final day, but couldn't catch them even with the first-place points as a team over the past two days.

Syracuse shot 592, followed by Viewmont (600).

The teams from Davis and Layton also qualified for this year's state 5-A tournament with their performances over the entire season.

The individual medalist race came down to a title chase between Fremont's Dylan Chugg and Hirsch.

Hirsh won the two-day tournament with a 70-72--142, with Watts at 73-71--144, and Chugg (74-72) tied with Syracuse's Chandler Thomas at 146. Syracuse's Bralan Spencer rounded out the top five at 148, along with the Darts' Dane Nelson.

In the end, Chugg had enough points from his third-place finish to outdistance Hirsch by .50 points over the season.

"It feels really good to be the medalist this year," Chugg said of his performance over the past two days. "I'm playing some of my best golf right now and over the course of the season. It was an honor to play against some great individual golfers from the region."

Other golfers from the region that made it as individuals to the tournament include Brandon Swapp from Weber and Gavin Campbell from Northridge.

The state 5-A championships will be staged Oct. 7-8 at Alpine Country Club.

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