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MHS Girls Golf Claims Region 13 Title: Heads to state as top 3A team

May 15, 2023 10:17AM ● By Liisa London Mecham

Morgan’s golf team took first at the Region 13 tournament April 24-25. Left to right: Kenadee Benson, Ashlyn Noss, Kia Christiansen,Jailee Snow, Ellie DeMond, Camden Smith, Kayla Gale, and Jane Poll. Courtesy photo

Even though outside practice at their home course, Round Valley, has been more challenging this year than in the past, the Morgan High Girls’ Golf Team has not let anything get in their way.  They won the Region 13 tournament last week, and currently hold the top ranking in 3A headed into the state tournament May 10 and 11 at Glendale Golf Course in Salt Lake City.  

The Lady Trojans are ranked sixth overall in the state out of all classifications behind 6A Lone Peak and Weber who sit first and second, 5A Timpanogos and Bonneville who are third and fourth, and 6A Fremont who is currently fifth.  Individually, Morgan senior Ellie DeMond is ranked first in 3A, and third overall in the state behind Rowland Hall’s Arden Louchheim and Bonneville’s Whitni Johnson.

At the Region 13 Tournament that was held on April 24 and April 25 at Glen Eagle and Schneiter’s Bluff Golf Courses, Morgan placed six golfers in the top ten and won the team title over second place Grantsville. This is the fifth consecutive Region 13 title for the team. Senior Ellie DeMond finished first and fellow senior Jailee Snow second, and Kia Christiansen third.  

At Glen Eagle, DeMond shot an 80, Snow 82, Christiansen 85, Jane Poll 96, Camden Smith 96, Ashlyn Noss 97 and Kenadee Benson 101. The next day at Schneiter’s Bluff, DeMond made par at 72 while Snow lowered her score by one shot to 81.  Christiansen and Poll shot 88 day two while Smith, Noss and Benson scored 95, 92, and 87 respectively.

Assistant Coach Kacey DeMond shared, “ It has been extremely difficult this year with the weather.  In the past we have been on the golf course no later than mid-March.  This year we just started practicing there last week. We have had to have all of our practice indoors which makes it impossible to practice short game.”

The team has performed very well despite their weather challenges and is headed to State with a mission: win the championship.  For the past five years, Morgan golf has taken second to Richfield, and their mission is to claim their first title in 2023!  

Coach DeMond concluded, “We are excited to head to state.  We have never won and taken second to Richfield the last five years.  This makes us want it really bad!” λ

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