Bears capture second straight region title
Greg Madson, Leader Publisher
Bridger Layton was on fire at the region boys’ golf tournament last Tuesday in Brigham City. He carded a one over par 72 and captured the medalist title by four strokes over Morgan’s Garren Stokes and Ogden’s Ryan DeYoung.
The Bears won the team title as well, winning a close battle over Morgan, 58-56 team points.
“Bridger played well throughout the season. He really came on in the end,” said coach Candice Starr. “He was a great leader throughout the season. You could always count on him.”
The Bears recorded a team score of 311, four strokes better than Morgan. Ogden took third (320), with Stansbury fourth (337). Tooele (349), Grantsville (372) and Ben Lomond (395) rounded out the field.
“It was a tight race the entire season with Morgan. We were tied in team points going into the region championship tournament,” said Starr.
Freshman Triston Hartfiel had another great round for the Bears, carding a 77, which included a double bogey and bogey on the last two holes.
“He is a good golfer. He is a smart player with a good short game,” said Starr of Hartfiel, who may weigh 100 pounds with a bag of rocks in his back pocket. “For as big as he is, he gets every ounce out of it.”
Senior Augmon Jolley added a 78, sophomore Matt Harris carded an 84 and freshman Connor Anderson scored a 91. Brazen Conger, a junior, shot a 93. “He had an off day,” said Starr of Conger. He was in 10th place in the region standings before the tournament.”
Starr said the Bears are focusing on the state tournament, which is Wednesday and Thursday at the Roosevelt (Utah) Golf Course. (Watch for updates on our web site and Facebook pages. www.tremontonleader.com)
“It is about 6,500 yards, not real long. It has a couple of long par threes,” said Starr of the state championship course. “Park City has to be the favorite, they have won the title the last four or five years. They are good. We are in the top half of the field based on our parings. I expect them to continue playing well.
The Bears will take the same six players to Roosevelt that competed at Eagle Mountain.
“I am excited and confident. We have high expectations for these kids. They are a great group of kids,” Starr added.
Bear River 311
Ben Lomond 395
Region Tournament Medalist
Bridger Layton BR 72
Garren Miles M 76
Ryan DeYoung O 76
McKay Kearsley M 77
Alex Halvorson O 77
Triston Hartfiel BR 77