Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
Editor’s Note – The TOSH Top 25 is our countdown of the top 25 stories from the 2016-2017 school sports year, beginning with No. 25 and counting down, one story a day, to No. 1. The 2016-2017 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 25 stories of the year to just 25 was a difficult task. We asked people all over the state for input into our final list and beginning July 5, we are counting them down in reverse, from story No. 25 to story No. 1. Hopefully your favorite story of the past school year made our list.
Today, it’s time for No. 19 and the upset that made Alta junior Cora Mickelsen a state golf champion.
#19 – Three-year title run comes to an end
Class 4A girls golf had been the domain of one player since 2014, when Provo High freshman Naomi Soifua burst onto the scene to win her first individual state title. Soifua went on to win state again in 2015 and 2016, though she required a strong come-from-behind effort in last year’s victory.
Jobi Einerson of Bountiful, who battled Soifua for the 2016 title was back as well, but it was not Einerson who kept Soifua from making it four in a row. Instead, Alta junior Cora Mickelsen took a big opening-day lead with a 68, then backed it up with another 68 on Day 2 to beat the three-time defending champion by nine strokes.
Corner Canyon won its second straight 4A team title, but the individual competition was never really close, as Mickelsen pulled away early and never let Soifua back in. Mickelsen stopping Soifua from a four-peat is No. 19 in our TOSH Top 25 stories of the 2016-2017 high school sports year.
TOSH Top 25 Stories of 2016-2017