Sun, Aug. 18

Giampietro tears up Verde Sante Fe course, Mingus wins…

Eric Burke, assistant pro at Verde Sante Fe Golf Course, didn’t envy players teeing off Tuesday afternoon during Mingus Union High School’s first home match there.

Temperatures dropped to their lowest levels of the season, and swirling winds proved strong enough to blow a hat right off your head.

“It was miserable conditions out there,” Burke said. “I felt sorry for them.”

Mingus players apparently like a little test from the elements. The Marauders five-some burned up the familiar course, eclipsed the magic 200 team score and beat their nearest rivals by 20 strokes.

Opposing coaches probably raised their eyebrows at Mingus coach John Uidenich for putting Phillip Giampietro in the fifth flight. The junior set a new school record at Verde Sante Fe, carding a one-under-par 35 on the front nine. The previous Marauder best had been a 39.

Joey Lay and Jacob Gould finished three strokes behind Giampietro, but each beat the old record with their 38 scores. Stephen Cook fired a 42, and Robby Maine earned a 45 to give the Marauders a 198 team total.

Sunrise Mountain and region rival Apollo finished tied for second at 218. Thunderbird, another of Mingus Union’s region opponents, brought up the rear with a 226.

“We tore it up,” Uidenich said. “Even with all that wind, we did pretty well. It was gusting up to 40 miles per hour.”

Giampietro usually averages in the low 40s on the Verde Sante Fe course, Uidenich said. He bogeyed just one hole Tuesday and birdied the two par-fives. The course plays 3,063 yards over the front nine, Burke said.

“That was the first time ever for (Phillip) in the 30s,” Uidenich said. “Every one of his drives was right down the middle. His next shots just popped up on the green, and his putts were falling for him.

“It was really a career day for him. I was so excited, I wanted to take him out to eat, but didn’t get the chance to.”

The Marauders’ team total represents their best score of the season. Mingus had reached 200 once before at a quad match hosted by Thunderbird in early September. The Marauders had shot as high as 228 over nine holes in other rounds.

Mingus will get one more chance to play a match at Verde Sante Fe. The Marauders will host an eight-team, 18-hole invitational next Saturday, Oct. 21. This weekend, Mingus will play in Bradshaw Mountain’s invitational.

Uidenich may be hoping that windy and cool conditions continue in Northern Arizona. “(Tuesday’s win) gives us a lot of confidence going into the next two weeks.”