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Despite soggy conditions, Dino golfers take first

Blake Bean, another senior, led the Dinos by shooting a 75.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Call it the home course advantage.

The Carbon High boys golf team used the familiar settings of their home course to their advantage as they took first place among Region 12 teams at a wet and rather soggy Carbon Country Club on Wednesday morning.

"The weather held up for us today and the boys did enough to get the win," said CHS head coach Tom King. "Despite the conditions, the golf course played well and we were able to make things work."

The Dinos, led by seniors Blake Bean and Dillen Ward, took first place among the five region teams with total score of 322 edging out Richfield at 326. Juab finished in third with 338, Payson in fourth with 341 and North Sanpete in fifth with 344.

Bean led the team shooting a 75 while Ward finished with 79.

"Blake did really well for us," said King. "He hit his irons well and he played well shooting even par on the front nine. He struggled a little on the back nine but he was able to post a strong performance for us."

Other scores for the Dinos included Dallas Anselmo shooting an 81, Robbi Etzel (87), Kayden Alderson (89) Wyatt Henrie (99), Stephen Butkovich (101), Waylon Davis (102), Kasey Moynier (102) and Kreed Keele (115).

King said the team experienced some success and a little bit of disappointment noting the performances from Etzel and Alderson. Etzel, one of the four seniors on the squad and the one with the most experience playing at the state tournament on the team, struggled over the first 12 holes, King said. "Robbi struggled early but he finished strong over the last six holes."

Alderson, a freshman, carded a strong day of golf finishing with an 89. While the conditions were hard on everyone, King hopes that this outing will help provide a boost for Alderson as the season progresses.

"As a freshman out there, Kayden did really well. He had a couple of big numbers on some holes but he played really well," he said.

While the win was a welcome sight for the Dinos, who struggled over their last two matches, there is still much work to be done. King said he believed going into the match that the team could have shot a total of 310, which is the benchmark he sets for each match.

With only a few weeks left in the season, King said the team will need to continue to work on many different aspects of the game including ball striking and iron play.

The Dinos will now prepare for the Region 12 Tournament which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. in Richfield. That is their last chance to make any progress as the State Tournament is just a few weeks away on Oct. 9-10.

"We've got to continue to build our confidence over these last few weeks," he said. "The boys have got to learn to gut things out with region play and state right around the corner."

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