Carbon High boys golf readjusting after key loss
By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate sports reporter
The varsity golf team is really missing the loss of one of their key members this season. The younger golfers are having to step it up and gain their experience on the fly.
After three meets, the team is sitting in sixth place in the region, but they are gaining ground on the teams above them. The team took sixth place last week in both the match at Delta and Fox Hollow.
At Delta on Wednesday Aug. 17 six varsity players consisting of Robbi Etzel, Clay Finkbiner, Derek Weston, Dillen Ward, Blake Bean and Freston Smith took to the links.Nick Rukavina, Kody Henrie and Derek Young played for the JV squad.
The golf course at Delta is more of a target style golf course with a whole lot of native grass, sage brush and desert off of the sides of the fairway. The course is visually intimidating looking at all the areas that you do not want to hit instead where you do want to hit.
"We had a goal and strategy to try hitting long irons or fairway woods off of the tee. That did not work out as planned and we did not play to our best potential," explained coach Tom King.
Carbon shot a team total of 361 moving them down to sixth place for the day and for the season. Delta shot a 318 on their home course and moved ahead of the Dinos in region standings.
Spanish Fork finished with a 316, Payson 339, North Sanpete 339 and Juab 347. Etzel led the Dinos with an individual score of 87 followed by Blake Bean 91, Clay Finkbiner 91, Derek Weston 92, Freston Smith 100, Dillen Ward 109. The JV scores were Rukavina 94, Young100 and Henrie 102.
The following day the team headed to Fox Hollow, the site of the 3A state golf tournament. Only six varsity players went including Etzel, Finkbiner, Bean, Weston, Rukavina and Young.
"This golf course played more like our course with more grass between some fairways than Delta," added King.
Again Etzel led Carbon with an 83. Then an 85 from Bean, 86 from Finkbiner, 91 from Rukavina, 93 from Weston and a 95 from Young. The Dino team total of 345 was better but still left them in sixth, only two shots back of Delta who shot 343.
Spanish Fork won with a 308, Payson 330, North Sanpete 338, Juab 342, Delta 343 and Carbon 345.
Standings after three rounds are Spanish Fork leading with 932, Payson 1014, North Sanpete 1018, Delta 1021 and Juab 1026, Carbon 1057.
"We are 31 shots back of Juab and 36 back from Delta. We still have a chance to get in the top four as long as we do not lose any more ground by the time we get to our home match and have a great round of golf here at home," King said.
"Our kids are young and we have a bright future, we need to really work on our short game for now and get four solid scores in the mid 80's from here out. We really miss Jaren McCourt, I feel with his experience that if he was able to play in the first three matches we could realistically be 30-35 shots better and would be sitting in fourth place. We need to have a good week of practice especially on our short game and learn how to keep the ball in play before we go to Gladstan. As long as the kids give me 100 percent on every shot and never give up that is all I can ask."