BHS 2018 Boys Golf - State Champions

BHS 2018 Boys Golf - State Champions
Posted on 10/15/2018
BHS 2018 Boys Golf - State ChampionsBHS Boys Golf - STATE CHAMPS
Credit for article goes to Beaver County Journal:

The Beaver High School Boys Golf Team traveled to Richfield on September 26th and 27th hoping to win Back-to-Back State championships. They were coming off a record setting season with a scoring average just under 300 (75 per player). They had six individuals on the team that had a season average in the 70's. "It is tough to find a team that has two or three players that average in the 70's, having six was just fantastic," said Coach Pollard.

    The Beavers are on a great streak. They have won 16 straight tournaments and have 2 straight undefeated seasons.  This year they had four individuals that won medalist honors, which is an honor given for the lowest score in the regular season and Region events (Cayson Kreth with 3, Jaxon Hutchings with 1, Chipper Willden with 1 and Braden Roberts with 2.  Cayson Kreth led the way this year for the Beavers with a scoring average of 74. He had 3 individual low rounds during the season and finished with the low round the second day of state.

    The stage was set and expectations were high.  The smaller private schools can put together some good teams and our closest competitor from our region, Gunnison, had been getting better each week.  "We really didn't know how strong the other regions would be, we were just focused on being the best we could be," said Coach Pollard.

    The Beavers had their highest score of the year the first day of state with a score of 319 and were still leading by an astounding 36 strokes. "I was a little nervous and I am sure they were too. They struggled a little the first day, but pulled it together the second day," said Pollard. After the first round the Beavers loosened up and played to their potential. On the 2nd day they shot an amazing score of 297 and extended their lead to 92 strokes. For the 2nd straight year they were crowned the Champions! Cayson Kreth put together an amazing score of 71, one stroke under par. He finished 2nd overall behind Waterford's Jack Nilsen.

    Jaxon Hutchings was the low round for the Beavers after the first day with a strong score of 76. He had been catching Jack through ten holes before hitting two balls out of bounds on the 11th hole. He showed his character and fight by making three birdies down the stretch to finish 3rd in the state tournament.  "He didn't let that hole get him down. He fought hard down the stretch and was able to pull out a 3rd place finish. I was very proud of him and can't wait to see what he can do the next 2 years," said Pollard.

    All 6 team members placed in the top ten individually. Top 10 Individuals

Name  Score   School     
 Jack Nilsen  146  Waterford
 Cayson Kreth  151  Beaver
 Jaxon Hutchings  154  Beaver
 Braden Roberts  155  Beaver
 Georgia Gianoulis  155  Rowland Hall
 Corbin Hannig  156  Beaver
 Mason Bartholomew  158  Gunnison
 Chipper Willden  161  Beaver
 Jadden Cranney  164  Millard
 Klayson Matheson  170  Beaver

    The future also looks very bright!  "We lose two great players in Corbin Hannig and Cayson Kreth, but we still have four strong players returning and five freshman that will add great support to the top 4," said Pollard.

    Pollard said the strong local and school support makes it enticing to play golf in Beaver! It all starts at a young age. We have one player, Davis Heslington, playing collegiate golf at Dixie State and both Corbin and Cayson will be applying to colleges in the coming months. Four players from this team will have future chances to play collegiate golf and have also been invited to play in the 2019 Junior Golf Invitational in Scotland, which is a great achievement! Only the top players in the state are invited.

    Congrats to the players and what they have been able to achieve! This program is strong and doesn't look like it is slowing down any time soon.

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