BRIGHAM CITY — Three years ago, then-Davis High girls golf freshman Brooklyn Halliday shot an 88 at the region golf championship at Eagle Mountain in Brigham City.
On Monday, the now-senior — who recently signed to play college golf at Westminster — had a really bad start to her round, bad enough that shooting an 88 at that point might be seen as salvaging the round.
Halliday tallied double bogeys on her first two holes, then a bogey on the third and was 5-over-par. Nothing was working.
Then came No. 7, a 313-yard par 4 from the front tees that has a big, nasty bunker next to the green and is rated as the third-hardest hole on the course, according to the Eagle Mountain scorecard.
“I hit a really bad drive out right and I even had to jump over a pipe to hit my second shot,” Halliday said. “I came back to the middle of the green and then I sunk a 40-foot putt. I think that’s really where it changed for me.”
It was a birdie that helped steady her play and after a roller-coaster front nine, Halliday stayed consistent on the back nine and carded a 5-over-par 76, which won the Region 1 individual championship.
Her 76 was two shots better than the four-person tie for second place that consisted of teammates Caylyn Ponich and Victoria Castro, as well as Syracuse’s Libby Ward and Northridge’s Shelby Vanausdal.
The Darts placed all of their players in the top 12 and won the team championship by 39 shots over Northridge.
If Halliday’s 76 seems routine, it wasn’t. After the birdie at No. 7, another double bogey reared its head on No. 8 before she birdied No. 9.
“It was really just my touch, so on every shot, it was just a little bit off, or I’d blade a shot and my putting was really struggling. Everything was either a little too short or way too long,” she said.
What a difference three years can make. When Halliday played the course as a freshman, she thought it was “the hardest course ever.”
“But it’s so different coming back (three) years later with all the growth that I’ve had and playing so many different courses,” Halliday said.
Davis’ team is talented and deep enough where any one of them can win a match, but Monday’s round was strange in the fact that some other schools’ best rounds came not from their No. 1 players, but from their Nos. 2-4.
Halliday was playing at the No. 2 spot, for instance. Northridge’s Shelby Vanausdal played at No. 2 and shot 78, a team-high by five shots.
Weber’s Paige Aardema was playing at No. 4 and shot a team-best 86. Layton got its best round of 86 from No. 2 player Stasia Godfrey.
Clearfield’s low round was a 91, coming from Bailey Worthington at No. 3.
TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (PAR 71)
1. Brooklyn Halliday, Davis, 76
T2. Victoria Castro, Davis, 78
T2. Caylyn Ponich, Davis, 78
T2. Shelby Vanausdal, Northridge, 78
T2. Libby Ward, Syracuse, 78
6. Katelyn Day, Davis, 79
7. Aubree Johnson, Davis, 80
8. Jenny Ensign, Davis, 82
T9. Sophey Henderson, Davis, 83
T9. Abbi Cowan, Northridge, 83
T11. Sierra Wallace, Fremont, 85
T11. Cheyenne Hansen, Davis, 85
TEAM SCORES (TOP FOUR QUALIFY FOR STATE TOURNAMENT)
1. Davis, 311
2. Northridge, 350
T3. Weber, 355
T3. Fremont, 355
5. Layton, 359
6. Syracuse, 371
7. Clearfield, 387