On Thursday, April 7, Valley hosted its 1A Region 20 tournament of seven boys and six girls teams, in which the home-course boys claimed top team honors tallying 305 strokes, followed by Piute’s 317, Wayne’s 321, MIlford’s 345, Bryce Valley’s 364, Diamond Ranch Academy’s 367 and Panguitch’s 372.
The girls, on the other hand, were unable to field the required foursome, since newcomer Ruth Cox (as was Hunter Barrick) were away in Philadelphia on the school’s annual American Heritage Tour. In her absence, all three teammates placed in the top 10, with #2 Charle Spencer’s 95, jockeying once again behind Panguitch’s Adelaide Englestead at 90. Rachel Cox’s 103 placed #6 and Kaylee Brinkerhoff into #10 with 109.
In the spirit of serendipity, both Ivan Spencer and Cooper Chamberlain, friends since elementary days, shared the top individuals spotlight with 72 each, while Waylon Spencer celebrated his 15th birthday being gifted with 79 for seventh-place. Completing the team score was Boede Cox’s 82, along with Zane Monnett’s 89 and Bryce Brinkerhoff’s 114.
The two top contenders clubbed it out in true mock-WWE fashion with Spencer stating, “It’s not much of a fight. I mean, I didn’t play very good today. I’ve been sick, you know. I’m just getting back into the groove. Next tournament, it’s not going to even be close.”
To which, Chamberlain counters, “There’s no way he’s beating me! He beat me the first two, but now I’m catching-up. He’s scared.”
“Not really,” says Spencer, “we’re on the same team. I mean, if we keep shooting head-to-head, it’s alright with me. We’ll keep winning tournaments!”
Then, Chamberlain responds, “I don’t really care who wins-out of us individually. If we keep doing good, we take home the championship!”
With Spencer adding, “At the end of the day, we still shot just as good as we did last time, that same score, 305.” Stay tuned.
“You know,” says Coach Jeremy Chamberlain, “that actually surprises me, because two of our younger-classmen, freshmen, had to score today because one of our top scorers, (Hunter Cox) the only senior, got hurt. So, it does my heart good to see them step-up and take his place, if we shot the same score as before. So, that’s fantastic! Couldn’t ask anything better than that. And really good for Waylon!”
Be watching to see how Brittyn Heaton and Julia Hoyt come along after Spring Break. They’ve promised Jeremy two weeks practice to determine whether they enjoy the sport enough to continue.