Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
Editor’s Note – The TOSH Top 30 is our countdown of the top 30 stories from the 2015-16 school sports year, beginning with No. 30 and counting down, one story a day, to No. 1. The 2015-2016 high school sports year was filled with big performances, both team and individual. The act of narrowing down our initial list of top stories for our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year to just 30 was a difficult task. We asked people all over the state for input into our final list and beginning June 22, we are counting them down in reverse, from story No. 30 to story No. 1. Hopefully your favorite story of the past school year made our list.
Today we reveal No. 27 on our list, another state championship for the Park City boys golf team and also another title for Miner senior Mitchell Schow.
#27 – Park City, Schow stay on course
It’s been a long time since someone other than Park City High claimed the Class 3A championship in boys golf. With the successful conquering of the Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway in October, the Miners made it eight consecutive state titles.
Park City beat Snow Canyon by 20 strokes, an impressive number except when compared to its performance a year ago when it claimed the state championship by an impressive 37 shots. In 2011, the Miners claimed an eight-stroke victory and the margin had widened each year since then, until this year, though that 37 would have been all but impossible to top.
Perhaps most impressive about the 2015 edition of Park City golf was that each of the team’s six golfers had one of his scores count among the team’s top four on one of the tournament’s two days. State champion Mitchell Schow and Drew Fleming, who tied for fifth after finishing second a year ago, scored both days, while Cole Lee and Josh Lansky were the next two official scorers on Day 1 when each shot a 73. Lansky shared the team’s No. 3 spot with Dean Tsandes and Jack Hanshat when all three carded 76s on Day 2.
Three Straight for Mitchell Schow
For Schow, who posted a 65 on Day 1 and a 66 on Day 2, it was the third straight individual state championship. The senior closed out his senior year in style, taking the title by five strokes over Triston Gardner by five shots with his two-day 131.
After finishing fifth as a freshman in 2012, Schow was the low scorer in 2013, when his 69-68-137 was good for an eight-stroke win. Last year, as a junior, he held off his own teammate, Fleming, by three (142 to 145).
Schow has committed to play collegiately at The University of Utah.
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