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Carbon boys golf team struggling for consistency

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Going into the region meet at North Sanpete's course the Carbon boy's golf team had a goal of trying to gain ground on Delta and North Sanpete or at least not drop any. At days end the Dinos did not accomplish that goal. The Carbon team ended with a 348. Delta shot a 345 and North Sanpete, on their home course had a 335. Carbon beat Juab's 354 by six shots, but remain in sixth place for the final region standings trailing fourth place by 37 shots.

Robbi Etzel finished with an 82 followed by Derek Weston's 85. The other scores were Clay Finkbiner 88, Blake Bean 93, Freston Smith 102 and Derek Young 105.

North Sanpete's home course at Fairview's Skyline Mountain Resort is nine holes. The course is short, however it is tight in some areas and out of bounds comes into play on every hole.

"The wind blew fairly strong on that day. The two combinations of a tight course and the wind blowing resulted in some higher scores," explained coach Tom King. "We can still achieve our goal to getting into state as long as we play very well here at our home course on Thursday, Sept. 8."

King went on the say that lack of depth has hurt the team this year, but it is a very young group of boys stepping up to play at the varsity level.

"I am happy with the play of Etzel this last week as he shot an 82," King added. "What made me proud is that he made a quadruple bogie on the second hole of his second nine but was able to keep his composure and make a string of pars, one bogie and a birdie on that side to stay at four over par and finish with an 82. In the past Robbi would dwell on the bad hole and he would have consecutive bad holes or make bad decisions. Etzel has been working on that and he did a great job in letting the bad hole go and focus on the next shot at hand. I am also happy with Derek Weston's play as he shot an 85. He played well on his back nine too, especially after shooting a 46 on the front side."

Carbon's only home match will be at Carbon Country Club today at noon.

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