Split decision on links; Morgan, Ogden go to playoff hole

May 2 2013 - 11:28pm

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Xena Motes of Ogden High School follows a shot with Mount Ben Lomond looming in the background. SLIDESHOW: More match photos are available at www.standard.net
Xena Motes of Ogden High School follows a shot with Mount Ben Lomond looming in the background. SLIDESHOW: More match photos are available at www.standard.net

FARR WEST -- The Tigers secured only half their prize.

Ogden High battled back and forth with Morgan all season long in the Region 11 golf campaign, with both teams finishing first or second in the weekly tournaments.

Thursday at the Region 11 finale at Remuda Golf Course, Morgan edged Ogden by four strokes (363 to 367) to win and knot the overall standings.

That set up a wild eight-golfer playoff hole, and when the dust had settled and the putts had been holed, the Trojans owned a two-shot victory and the team trophy.

"The girls were on a mission," Morgan coach Dennis Peterson said. "We didn't get the job done last week at Round Valley, and so we knew we had to win today to force the playoff. What a finish."

Morgan and Ogden each sent four golfers to the first hole for the massive playoff. The Trojans won the playoff 15 to 17.

Maddi Beardahl, Katelyn Markham, Kinzee Dawson and Olivia Anderson participated in the playoff for the Trojans.

Ogden's Xena Motes repeated as Region 11 medalist, shooting an even-par 72 on the Remuda layout.

"I felt I played my best," said Motes, a sophomore. "I had good drives, and made my putts. I am excited to win, but of course a little disappointed we lost the team title. I felt like we deserved it."

"The playoff was pretty exciting," Motes said. "It was a fun experience."

Bear River's Madi Giles and Tooele's Paige Christensen tied for second on Thursday with 87s. Markham and Dawson tied for fourth with 88s. Anderson added a 90.

The state 3-A tournament is set for May 16 at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course.

"We're now going to practice hard and get ready for state," Motes said. "I think it will take extra practice to get the job done.

"Individually, I think a score in the high-60s will be needed to win the state medalist title."

 

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