Carbon High girls golf team caps off season with 6th place finish at State
Sixteen 3A girl's golf teams swarmed Vernal and its Dinaland Golf Course on Monday. The Carbon Lady Dinos Golf team finish a respectable sixth out of those sixteen. Going into the tournament, Carbon was among the contenders but Desert Hills, the reigning champs, were the team that others were chasing.
Kelcy Otani lead the team with a score 90 and 72 points. Lexi Gagon made 71 points and Katie Felice 67 points, for a team total of 210 points. Sam Jones, Hailey Kirkwood and Taylor Hammack all made 55 points. At State, six girls play and the top three scores count. Kelcy had a rough front nine making the turn at 12 over, but she pulled it together and finished the back at 6 over. Lexi and Katie had good rounds going, but just had a few blips on the card. It was another successful season in the books, according to CHS head coach Kenji Otani.
Desert Hills really played well posting a team score of 245 to win for a third straight year. Spanish Fork made a good a good showing with a score of 231 and second place. The hosting school Uintah was third with a score of 224. Snow Canyon and Dixie tied for fourth and fifth place at 221.
Otani said things went up and down for the team over the course of the season but he hopes the team will walk away with a sense of accomplishment.
"The season has been a little up and down and if I could change just one thing it would be for the girls to realize just how good they really are," he explained. "This team is the best team we have ever had and I hate to see the season come to an end because we say good bye to the 'Original Girl's Team.'"
Otani said seniors Kelcy Otani, Lexi Gagon and Sam Jones started this team a few years ago.
"Kelcy and Lexi took it upon themselves to recruit a team when Tom King and I petitioned the School Board and they have been leaders ever since," he said.
Otani also noted the positive upbeat attitude that Jones helped bring to the team that competed and had fun at the same time.
"Sam Jones has always been the cheerleader, even though she didn't know it, her fiery positive attitude kept us going and in stitches, with laughter. These girls will always have a special place in my heart," he said.