Overcoming a day of wind and rain, Syracuse senior Devon Purser birdied the par-5 "Lakes" hole at Hidden Valley Country Club Monday to beat teammate Jonathan Thomas and claim the boys trophy in the sixth annual Hidden Valley Country Club Senior Golf Invitational.
Purser shot a 27-hole total of 106 for a four-stroke victory over Thomas.
"We played the last hole in pouring rain -- we just got out of there as fast as we could," said Purser, who will play at Brigham Young University beginning this fall. "The course was in awesome shape though -- except for the weather."
Behind Thomas' 27-hole total of 110, Layton's Brennan Coburn and Brandon Kida and Alex Stulce of Lone Peak shot 27-hole totals of 116 to tie for third.
On the girls side, Sky View senior Shantell Spackman shot an 18-hole total of 83 to defeat Alta senior Hannah Herman (87) and Olympus senior Lauren Okutsu (89).
Both the boys and the girls played the first 18 holes (the course's "Valley" and "Mountain" layouts), with the remaining 9 holes reserved for the top 13 boys (following a mid-day cut) on HVCC's "Lakes" course.
The sixth edition of the tournament featured more than 40 prep athletes -- many invited golfers did not attend due weather and graduation conflicts.
Layton's Tanner Clark finished eighth with a 121.
Other Top of Utah golfers invited to compete included:
St. Joseph's Tyler Anthony, Layton Christian's Alex Pellegri, Syracuse's Taylor Aldous, Woods Cross' Zac Fisher, Davis' Stephen Lindsey, Layton's Ryan Bauer, Box Elder's Dale Fuller, Layton's Carson Stevenson, Sky View's David Nelson and Sky View's Jamie Christensen.
Morgan High's Emmalee Barajas and Allison Bateman lead a group of five athletes who have committed to compete for Westminster College's women's cross country and track teams.
The others are Amanda Gordon or Carson City, Nev., Jana Peale of Agoura Hills, Calif., and Jennylee Swallow of Stirling, Ontario, Canada.
Barajas has competed in both cross country and track at Morgan. Bateman ran sprints for Morgan.
Another senior athlete, Christian Heritage Academy's Brittany Hurlbut, will attend Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and play for the schools' basketball team. The school does not provide athletic scholarships but Hurlbut will attend on an academic scholarship.
Coaching course available online
A new coach education course -- Coaching Sports in Middle School -- is now available online through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) at www.nfhslearn.com.
This course is the newest addition to the NFHS Coach Education Program.
Coaching Sports in Middle School focuses on middle school issues and how to address them. All NFHS coaching education courses are applicable to the middle school/junior high level, but this one has been tailored to that level. It factors that middle school athletes aren't young adults yet and are at a different skill level.
Coaching Sports in Middle School takes approximately one hour to complete and costs $20.
The NFHS Coach Education Program was started in 2007, and more than 160,000 coaches have taken the core course -- Fundamentals of Coaching.
The NFHS offers coaches the ability to become certified as an Accredited Interscholastic Coach. In addition to the Fundamentals of Coaching course, coaches must complete NFHS First Aid for Coaches and one of the sport-specific courses. All NFHS coach education courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.
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