Many high school boys golf teams would suffer a pretty significant hit if one of its top golfers went down with an injury.
When you are as deep as Skyridge is, however, other athletes are ready to step up.
The Falcons put together a solid team effort Wednesday at the Region 8 tournament at Sleepy Ridge golf course in Orem, tallying four scores in the 70s to hold off a strong Springville performance by three strokes.
“The course is really tough,” Skyridge head coach Ryan Roberts said. “I thought that course was the hardest course we’ve played so far. The elevated greens are tough and weren’t very forgiving for our guys. We did a good job getting off the the tee but have work to do on our chips and putts. I’m really happy to see some guys improve.”
Leading the way for the Falcons were Carter Frisby and Porter Brackett, both of whom came in with scores of 76 (4-over-par).
“Things went pretty good,” Brackett said. “It could’ve gone a little better but I’m happy with how I played. My irons and tee shots worked really well today. I struggled a little bit with putting but overall it was a good round.”
Frisby said he didn’t feel like it was a phenomenal round, but that he just kept grinding through.
“My ball-striking was rough but with my chipping, I got it close,” Frisby said. “I had a couple of three-putts but I saved some strokes out there, so that was good. I made a long putt on No. 7 for birdie, which was good.”
Right behind Brackett and Frisby were Skyridge golfers Jeffrey Curtis and McKay Kimball, who shot 78s (6-over-par).
Those four scores were just good enough to edge Springville, who got excellent showings by medalist Tyler Maccabee (75), Jaxon Wilkinson (76), Mark Mabry (78) and Brandon Gordon (82).
“These kids have high expectations for themselves,” Roberts said. “It’s fun to be around them because of that.”
The Falcons were missing Brady Baxter, who is out with an injury, but they hope to get him back over the next month.
“We are pretty deep this season,” Brackett said. “We are playing pretty well, so hopefully we will have a chance at state.”
Roberts said this is a young Skyridge team who plans to just keep improving.
“These kids play tournaments all summer long and play in men’s associations,” Roberts said. “It’s paying off right now, but they can still get a lot better. I’m excited to be around them for a little while with how good they are.”
That makes the future exciting for all of the underclassmen.
“It’s lots of fun knowing we have five juniors and one sophomore on the team, so we are getting everyone back,” Frisby said. “That’s definitely good.”
The guys know that a lot of golf is left in 2018, but they have their sights on building to the 5A state tournament at Glen Eagle golf course in Syracuse in early October.
“We have to get our putting down a little more,” Brackett said. “I feel like we’ve been struggling with that a little bit. We need to save some strokes.”
Roberts explained that he believes in helping his guys prepare for the pressures of the biggest stages throughout the season, something he hopes will pay dividends at the end of the season.
“Golf is different from other sports but for me the competitive factor still has to be there,” Roberts said. “That comes from experience but guys are doing better with that. We try to do fun stuff in practice. I like to put a lot of pressure on them, but guys are overcoming some of that.”
Region 8 next plays at Cedar Hills golf course on Sept. 11.