The Red Devils came together to win the 3A State Championship golf tournament on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Cove View Golf Course in Richfield, cementing themselves as one of the best teams in Utah in recent years.
The Red Devils’ golf team has won the 2A state championship twice in the last two years, but this was their first big test as a 3A team — and the boys showed up to win.
Grand County barely edged out Morgan, with a four-stroke margin of victory on a team score of 620.
Red Devil seniors Masen Ward and Brendon Woodard took first and second place overall, with Ward nabbing first place with 79 (1st day) and 71 (2nd day) for a grand total of 150 strokes. Brendon Woodard finished right behind Ward, scoring a 75 (1st day) and a 76 (2nd day) for a total of 151 strokes. Alec Williams, the team's only other senior, placed fifth overall with a score of 82-72 for a 154.
Brendon Woodard and his teammates knew it would be a greater challenge moving up to the 3A division, but they were ready to face that challenge head-on.
“We all came together as a team," Brendon said. “We were very well prepared.”
Head coach Aaron Woodard also reflected that the team effort propelled them to victory, stating, “The kids were focused, they knew what they wanted, and they went after it.”
The team will be losing their three seniors this year, but coach Woodard is optimistic about the future prospects of his team.
“Most of our guys are younger,” he said. “And we have a bunch of freshmen. One thing is for sure: the Devils are going be tough to beat for years to come.”