Bountiful • After losing to Bingham by a single stroke a year ago, Davis left nothing to chance Monday as it earned a convincing Class 5A state golf championship at a cold and windy Bountiful Ridge Golf Course.
The Darts earned a 326-310 win over a second-place Alta team that was led by 5A medalist Madi Rooker, who fired a 71 to beat Davis sophomore Laura Gerner by a shot.
1 » Davis
2 » Alta
3 » Lone Peak
4 » Weber
5 » American Fork
1 » Madi Rooker, Alta (71)
2 » Laura Gerner,Davis (72)
3 » Kirsten Fotu, Lone Peak (73)
Just teeing off
Monday’s 5A championship started a busy week of prep girls’ golf; four other meets are set for Wednesday:
4A » Provo’s East Bay course
3A » Mountain View, West Jordan
2A » Richfield’s Cove
1A » Southgate, St. George
Davis coach Laura Salvo, whose team ended sixth-place Bingham’s four-year string of 5A girls’ golf championships after the narrow loss a year ago, said her young golf team that features three sophomores and a junior felt pressure because it was expected to win.
"That created a little more pressure than we like," she said. "The kids put a little pressure on themselves coming into it. But, with our lineup, everybody that placed is returning next year."
Davis got a 79 from Jessica Sloot, an 84 from Ashley Hale, an 87 from Tayler Brenchley and an 88 from Christine Sithivong to dominate the team scores.
Lone Peak, Weber and American Fork rounded out the top five.
Rooker, who has signed to play for Weber State, got off to a good start as she birdied the first two holes. After struggling a bit, she righted herself with a birdie on 12 and finished birdie, par and par to beat Gerner by a shot.
Lone Peak’s Kirsten Fotu was two shots back at 73. The rest of the top 10 also earned all-state honors: Davis’ Sloot, Hillcrest’s Audrey Kris, American Fork’s Abby Taylor, Weber’s Haylee Chugg, Bingham’s Sam Crawford, Northridge’s Maddi Godfrey, Layton’s Bailie Sackett and Davis’ Hale.
"It’s incredible," Rooker said. "I am speechless. I ended up winning by a stroke. That girl [Gerner] wasn’t in my group. I knew I was [up] a couple of strokes on the other girls."
She said signing with Weber State was probably her favorite golf accomplishment thus far, though she was also player of the year for the Utah Junior Golf Association last year. Rooker has been playing golf since she was 8.
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