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High school golf: Desert Hills wins third straight girls 3A golf title

By Graham C. Terry
For the Deseret News
Published: Monday, May 14 2012 9:54 p.m. MDT

VERNAL — Although the girls golf program at Desert Hills High School is only four years old, winning state is already a tradition for the Thunder, which shot a team Stableford score of 245 to take home the girls 3A state title for the third year in a row.

Shortly after she learned her team had edged Spanish Fork High School for the championship by 14 points, Desert Hills head coach Laurie Dyer said her team has no intention of letting up anytime soon.

"It's so exciting," Dyer said. "The girls just keep getting better and better. We lose seniors and have great freshmen come in the next year."

Dyer said her team has not gotten tired of winning yet, and with a freshman in Katie Perkins as the low shooter on this edition of the state champion Thunder, Desert Hills appears well-positioned to be a factor in the 3A golf picture for years to come.

Desert Hills placed four golfers in the top 10 at the state tournament, which was held Monday at Vernal's Dinaland Golf Course. Perkins led the way for the Thunder, carding a 76, which placed her second, one stroke off the 75 shot by individual medallist Nicole Thomas of Dixie High School.

Nicole Begay, of host Uintah High School, shot a 78 to claim third, and help the Lady Utes finish third as a team as well, with a score of 224. One shot behind Begay with a 79 was the Thunder's Sarah Folks, and rounding out the top five with an 81 was Xena Motes of Ogden.

Uintah had been hoping to claim a state title on its home track. But Desert Hills was simply too deep. Supporting Perkins and Folks were Lindsey Short, Ashley Kraft, and Megan Welch, with rounds of 86, 87, and 88, respectively.

It was a charmed afternoon for the champs, Dyer said.

"The were terrific. Lindsey Short has just barely started breaking 90," Dyer said. "And today she shot an 86 for us."

Second-place Spanish Fork was led by Sabrina Naulu's 83, and Kellie Christenson's 88, as the Dons scored 231. Dixie and Snow Canyon High School tied for fourth with 221, just three points behind Uintah.

Also eclipsing the 200-point mark were Carbon High School, with a 210, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, with a 202, and Ogden High School, with a 201.