Golfers looking strong for regionals after tourney

The Mingus golf team is looking solid as they finished fourth in the annual Verde Santa Fe competition last weekend and look ahead to the regional playoff competition at Page this weekend.

The Marauder golfers are looking strong as they head into the home stretch of the season. Coach John Uidenich was able to put two teams in the competition last weekend, labeled team A and team B.

Team A came in fourth out of the 10 team field, while team B finished seventh. Prescott came in first with a score of 308, followed by Sinagua with a 314, Buckeye with a 320, Mingus A with a 322. Page (329), Flagstaff (331), Mingus B (351), Cortez (361), Mojave (366) and Coconino (401) round out the 10 teams.

On the Mingus A team, Pat Moran shot the best score for the Marauders with a 75, followed by junior Charlie Katerba with a 77. Danny Hagberg shot an 81 along with Tyson Walz with an 89 and Trevor Valenzuela with a 91.

The Mingus B team also put in a good show led by sophomore Nick Muelhausen with an 82, followed by Zack Parson (84), Ryan Roland (89), Alex Ronyak (96) and Ryan Block (98).

After the team's strong showing and the opportunity to see what each player can do, coach Uidenich has a powerful arsenal to choose from for the regional event.

The regionals at the Page course will be a two day competition, consisting of 18 holes each day. The Mingus team had the opportunity to look at the course ahead of time a couple of weeks ago as they traveled there and played a round of golf.

"They know that if they play their best, they can come out in first or second," said coach Uidenich.

During the fall break, the team also traveled down to Tucson to preview the course in anticipation of the state meet in two weeks.

The top two teams from regionals will advance to state, but if for some reason Mingus doesn't make the cut, some of the players might still have the chance to continue on to state as the top five players will have a chance to represent their region, as the third team traveling down to Tucson.

The regional competition begins on Friday at 12:30 in Page.

"Pat has been playing at the top of his game, he could be region champ," said coach Uidenich.

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