This golf adage was proven true at the final Region 11 Girls Golf tournament held last Thursday at Remuda Golf Course. Standing on the green of the first playoff hole, the Morgan girls confidently sank their putts to win the school’s first-ever Girls Golf Region 11 Championship.
“These girls were on a mission,” Morgan coach Dennis Peterson said. “We knew we had to win today to force the playoff. What a finish!”
Morgan and Ogden have battled all season long, each team finishing first or second at the previous region tournaments. But Thursday at Remuda, Olivia Anderson, Kinzee Dawson, Katelyn Markham, Maddi Beardall, Olivia Dawson and Maddy Shinn all came ready to play. After 18 holes, Morgan beat Ogden by four strokes (363 to 367), leaving the two teams tied for first place.
That forced an intense sudden death playoff. Both teams sent their top four players to the par-4 first hole. After all the putts had dropped and scores were tallied, Morgan had clinched the region title, defeating Ogden by a two-stroke margin.
In the final region individual standings, Olivia Anderson finished in second place, Kinzee Dawson was fourth, and Katelyn Markham claimed 10th place, proving the overall strength of the Morgan team.
“I believe this group has worked harder than any other we have had. They have set the bar for future teams,” commented Coach Peterson. The team has been led this year by their three senior captains.
Kinzee Dawson, a four-year varsity player for Morgan, said, “I love this team and our coaches! Even with all the odds against us, they had complete faith that we could do it. I’ve never felt closer to any team than this one.” After graduation, Dawson will attend Weber State University and plans to become a chemical technician.
Rinon Robison has played golf at Morgan for four years. “We have always gotten along very well together and I think that helped lead us to our success,” she said. Robison will attend Snow College next year and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.
Katelyn Markham has played golf for MHS for three years. “Our team and coaches are the best! We’ve worked so hard for this and are so excited to bring the region title to Morgan!” Markham will major in accounting at Utah Valley University in the fall.
But for now, the team is preparing to battle the rest of the 3A schools at the State Tournament, which will be played at Schneider’s Riverside Golf Course on May 16.