PROVO — Those 90-minute weekend jaunts over to St. George definitely paid dividends this year for Valley’s boys golf team.
Taking advantage of extra lessons from Isaac Stout’s grandpa, Morrill Stout, who owns part of the Coral Canyon Golf Course in Southern Utah, Valley dominated in the 1A state championships at East Bay Golf Course.
Valley backed up its 313 team score in Tuesday’s first round with a 329 on Wednesday to easily beat second-place Rich by 32 strokes to claim its third straight 1A title.
“It’s very exciting to be able to win it three in a row,” said Valley coach Ferrel Heaton. “They all worked together as a team and we really try to emphasize to them that your score is going to be the one that counts in the top four whether you’re the fifth or the sixth golfer. We really try and emphasize the team.”
After Valley’s top four golfers shot 76, 77, 79 and 81 on the first day, most of those scores increased in difficult Day 2 conditions. Not for Stout though.
The senior shot a career-best 73 thanks to four birdies to claim medalist honors with the two-day total of 150. Last year he finished sixth with a two-day total of 166.
“I was pretty happy with the way yesterday went, I shot 77, but I figured I’d need to be right around even par if I wanted to beat (teammate) Cobe Reck and the Nick Jarman kid,” said Stout. “That was kind of the goal and I was able to stay right around even par throughout the day, and kept making putts.”
He made a couple bogeys and a double bogey on No. 8, but four birdies and a string of pars allowed him to claim medalist honors with a comfortable seven-stroke advantage over Reck, last year’s medalist.
Reck shot a second-day 81 to finish with a 157. Rich’s Nick Jarman finished third with a 159, followed by Casey Reck in fourth with 165 and St. Joseph’s Danny Donlevy in fifth with 166.
Valley’s No. 4 golfer finished tied for sixth with a 170, a big reason the Buffaloes won so comfortably.
Stout attributes much of the success to the lessons from his grandpa.
“We’ve been staying weekends at his house a lot. He’s taught us what to do and giving us lessons,” said Stout.
Some of those lessons revolved around mental toughness. Stout shot a 77 on day one despite hitting four balls into the water.
“Ike had a bad hole here and there, but the mental toughness that Ike has, to be able to hang in there and birdie some holes after having a bad hole or something, that’s really something we try and concentrate on with our kids,” said Heaton.
At East Bay Golf Course
1. Valley, 642; 2. Rich, 674; 3. Milford, 723; 4. St. Joseph, 729; 5. Panguitch, 767; 6. Manila, 791.
150 — Isaac Stout, Valley
157 — Cobe Reck, Valley
159 — Nick Jarman, Rich
165 — Casey Reck, Valley
166 — Danny Donlevy, St. Joseph
170 — Chevy Spencer, Valley; Payson Willis, Rich; Luke Rahe, St. Joseph; Scottie Carn, Mount Vernon.
174 — Britt Stacey, Rich; Tyler Nicol, Rich; Remington Veater, Panguitch
175 — Zach Sherwood, Milford; Acey Orton, Panguitch
177 — Jared Anderson, Rich
178 — Carsen Hinkhouse, Manila
180 — Ryan Mayer, Milford
182 — Weston Finch
188 — Bosten Englestead
190 — Jordan Stacey, Rich; Kyler Wunderlich, Milford