Mingus golfers take 11th in state tourney

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

Region coach of the year John Uidenich said his team had a tough time on the state course.

The Marauders finished 11th out of 16 teams at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Litchfield Park, with only one golfer breaking into the top 20. Senior Jacob Gould carded rounds of 78 and 76 to tie for 20th with four other golfers.

Mingus took sixth as a team in last year’s 4A finale.

"I thought we were going to do pretty well," Marauder coach John Uidenich said. "We practiced on the course and had seen it two or three times.

"But golf is a funny sport. The guys kind of lost their swing. It gets in your head and you can’t get out of it."

Dylan Miles had the second-best two-day total for the Marauders, recording rounds of 79 and 85 (tied for 61st). Stephen Cook finished tied for 75th with rounds of 82 and 84. Corey Lay was 81st with rounds of 83 and 84. Myles Latimer finished 99th in his first state tournament with totals of 93 and 90.

"It’s a very tough course," Uidenich said. "It’s the longest course we’ve played on all year. One par three was 220 yards long. It’s a different club they’re not used to."

Tucson Rincon won the 4A tournament, finishing with a 600 team total.

Millennium finished 9 strokes back and defending champion Arcadia took third with a 614, followed by Sunrise Mountain 615, Cactus Shadows and Apache Junction 619, Lake Havasu 625, Pueblo 639, Bradshaw Mountain 641, Catalina Foothills 641, Mingus 649, Nogales 650, Thunderbird 651, Agua Fria 667 and Sunnyslope 678. Ironwood withdrew.

Millennium’s Colter Kautzman won individual medallist honors, finishing with a 137 over 36 holes. Scott Aydelotte of Apache Junction was second, 10 strokes behind.

Mingus will graduate two regular starters from this year’s team – Gould and Miles. The Marauders should return a healthy number of experienced underclassmen to join Lay, Latimer and Cook next season.

Cook won several tournaments and nine-hole matches this fall. Lay came on strong at the end of the year. Sophomores Ryan Ontiveros and Mike Wadsworth started several times as well.

"We had a great season. I told the guys not to dwell on that bad experience (at state)," Uidenich said. "I’m already looking forward to next year."

The Mingus coach thanked his assistant, Craig Mai, and workers at Verde Santa Fe, the Marauders’ home course. "They were excellent hosts," Uidenich said of VSF.

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