The Grand County High School boys’ golf team placed second to the North Sanpete Hawks at the Skyline Mountain Resort in Fairview on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
The Hawks, who typically play better on their own home course, scored 293 points during the region match, while second-place Grand shot a 310.
It marked the second time this season the Hawks have edged the two-time defending state 2A champion Red Devils in a region match, with North Sanpete also winning the season opener Aug. 2 in Richfield by a single stroke, 310-311. However, Grand beat North Sanpete by 23 strokes (307-330) at Moab on Aug. 10, meaning the now-3A Red Devils still have the overall lead in the Region 15 standings.
“The competition is much stiffer this year, and it’s really forcing us to bring more focus to our practice and our matches,” said senior Alec Williams, who was one of Grand’s top four scorers. Both Williams and fellow senior Brendon Woodard each shot a 75 over 18 holes at Fairview.
“North Sanpete is a legitimately good team and they’ll give us a run for our money this year for region,” Williams said. “None of us performed that well at North Sanpete last week, but we’re still confident in our abilities, and I’m confident in us as a team.”
Also among Grand’s top scorers were senior Masen Ward, who shot a 78 and junior Jaxen Saunders, who shot an 82.
The other five Region 15 teams placed and scored as follows at Fairview on Aug. 16: Manti was third, shooting 338, South Sevier was fourth with 342, San Juan was fifth with 345, Richfield was sixth with 344, and Emery was seventh with 362.
Grand’s next scheduled match is this week at San Juan’s home course, the Hideout in Monticello, on Thursday, Aug. 24.