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Girls golf team looking strong

Mar 15, 2024 09:51AM ● By Liisa London Mecham

The MHS girls golf team enters the season as the reigning 3A State Champions and will be playing all season as “the team to beat.” Veteran head coach Dennis Peterson is excited about the 2024 season and the talent his team will bring.

“We lost three of the top four players in Region 13 to graduation, but the rest of the team is returning, and they are looking strong. I am excited to see what they can do to fill these roles opened up by the graduating seniors,” he explained.

2023 Alumni Ellie Demond, who won the individual title last year, and Jailee Snow, who won the silver medal, are currently golfing for Westminster College. 2023 graduate Kia Christiansen placed 19th last year tied with now-senior Camden Smith and now-junior Jane Poll at state. Sophomore Kenadee Benson finished tied for 29th last year at state.  

Poll, Smith, and Benson are all expected to fill roles on the team this year in addition to seniors Ashlyn Noss and Kayla Gale. Peterson also added Kinlee Pitcher, Larissa Thomas, and Kaya Martinez to his list of players to watch in the next few months.

“We have a great group of players,” Peterson reiterated. “Like I said, I’m excited to see what they can do. We also have a great group of freshmen and sophomores who are making improvements all the time.”

In addition to the returning players, assistant coach Kacey Demond will be coming back to work with Peterson and the team.

In Region 13 this year, Peterson noted that Ben Lomond “could be tough” and praised the talent of the other Region 13 teams. “Our goal is to win the Region 13 title.”

On the state level, Richfield, whom Morgan beat by 12-strokes in the championship last year, will return all of their golfers from their 2023 team. “State will be tough this year with Richfield returning everyone, but I’m sure we’re still going to be in the hunt,” Peterson concluded.

“We are bringing back girls who have experience at state and were part of our championship team. We know where we are right now, and it’s going to be an exciting year!”

The Trojans traveled to Vernal Wednesday and Roosevelt Thursday for their first tournaments of the season. Monday, March 18 they will compete at the Oquirrh Hills Golf Course in Tooele. The team will host the region in a meet the second half of April.  λ

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