A large steak at Texas Roadhouse seemed the perfect ending for Bonneville senior Carson Park.
Entering Tuesday’s final round of the Class 4A boys’ golf state tournament, he never entertained thoughts of winning the title.
Class 4A golf tournament
Individual top 10 » 1. Carson Park, Bonneville, 73-69—142; 2. Kai Ruiz, Maple Mountain, 70-74—144; T-3. Rhett Rasmussen, Corner Canyon, 72-74—146; T-3. Benson Rhees, Spanish Fork, 73-73—146; 5. Justin Kim, Logan, 76-72—148; T-6. Josh Lillywhite, Timpview, 75-75—150; T-6. Corey Carter, Orem, 70-80—150; 8. Brock Stanger, Orem, 76-75—151; 9. Hayden Banz, East, 78-74—152; T-10. Janson Eisenstat, Provo, 74-79—153; T-10. Ryder Velasquez, Roy, 77-76—153
Teams » 1. Timpview 312-301—613; 2. Bonneville 309-308—617; 3. Orem 303-316—619; 4. Maple Mountain 311-320—631; 5. Olympus 321-314—635; 6. East 324-321—645; 7. Murray 325-328—653; 8. Woods Cross 317-337—654; 9. Timpanogos 320-340—660; 10. Logan 325-337—662; 11. Provo 323-340—663
"I didn’t think I had a chance, honestly," he said.
He birdied three of his first five holes, and all of a sudden it didn’t seem so impossible.
Park carded four birdies, a bogey and 13 pars to capture the individual state title at Ogden Golf and Country Club.
"It hasn’t sunk in yet," Park said. "It’s definitely really surreal and probably will be for the next couple days."
Park’s 69 on Tuesday was the lone round that broke 70 in the two-day tournament. He shot a 73 in Monday’s opening round.
"He was really hitting the ball well," Bonneville coach Mike Edwards said.
Park’s 142 gave him a two-shot victory over Maple Mountain’s Kai Ruiz.
Timpview rode four rounds in the 70s on Tuesday to the team title. The Thunderbirds carded a 613 to defeat Bonneville by four shots. Orem, which led after the first day, was third with a 619.
"Timpview came out early and played very, very well, and we couldn’t catch them," Edwards said.
Josh Lillywhite led Timpview with a 75-75—150 to tie for sixth.
Park said he took a conservative approach to Tuesday’s round. He didn’t want to take risks on a course he played for the first time only a week and a half ago.
"He played with a lot of confidence today," Edwards said. "He knew he could do it."
Park concentrated on trying to keep the Lakers in the hunt for the team title. Bonneville finished second to Maple Mountain last season.
"I wanted to do as well as I could for my team, play as good as I could to give my team a chance to win," he said. "Unfortunately we didn’t. Timpview had a great day."
Park said that when he started stringing together pars, he knew he had a chance. But nerves started to strike as the round wore on.
"Especially there the last four holes, I knew I had to keep it together, unlike the day before," he said.
Park kept his composure to earn the victory after finishing tied for ninth as a junior.
"It was pretty much everything — happy, excited, nervous, relieved mostly," he said about his emotions after the win to conclude his high school career.
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