GCHS golfers drop 10 strokes at Moab Invite

Freshman Wyatt Miller carefully considers his shot at The Moab Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The Moab Invitational was the second Region 12 match of the season. The Red Devils took second place. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County boy’s golf team got back into the swing of things by taking second place in the Moab Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 13 with a team score of 329. Almost 50 players from Carbon, Richfield, San Juan, Emery, South Sevier and Grand County participated in the tournament at the Moab Golf Course.

The Moab Invitational was the second tournament of the season. The first was at the end of July in Roosevelt and the Red Devils took third in that contest with 339 strokes.

The boy’s golf team did well at the Moab Invitational. The team as a whole dropped 10 strokes. Luke Williams shot a 76, tied for first place with a player from Carbon, and sliced three strokes off his score from the first tournament. Rafe Saunders also dropped three swings off his score at the Moab Invitational and shot 82. Tyler Bohannon dropped two strokes off his prior score and finished with 91. Sage Stroder fired 82 in Roosevelt and locked up 83 in Moab.

Corbin Mays had 88, Dylan Shocknmyer, 91; Wyatt Miller, 98; and Griffin Shannon rounded out Grand’s scorecard with 105. Interesting note: Grand County was the only school at the Moab Invitational which had seven players register fewer than 100 strokes; the second place trophy truly was a team effort.

Sophomore Sage Stroder remarked out loud: “At least I got on the green…but I bogeyed this hole.” Stroder was disappointed with the way he played this hole. In the picture, Stroder tried to cast a spell on the ball; the ball curved, but there was not enough momentum to fall into the tin cup. Stroder was perhaps too critical of himself. He did well at the Moab Invitational. He shot an 83 and was Grand’s third best scorer. Photo by Anthony Militano

According to coach Kristyon Saunders, Grand County is currently ranked third in the region overall and Williams and Saunders are among the top golfers in the Region 12 division. Grand County has a strong roster as well. Six out of eight Red Devils are upperclassmen and if age and experience go hand in hand, Grand County should have a successful season.

The boy’s golf team is scheduled to participate in the Emery Invite on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Millsite Golf Club.