Mingus golfers dazzle at weekend invitational
Jacob Gould misplaced his putter just before his round in Saturday's Mingus Union Invitational.
The Marauder junior borrowed one from his coach and promptly played his best-ever round at Beaver Creek Golf Resort.
Gould recorded a two-under-par 69 on the 18-hole course and outdueled teammate Joey Lay in a two-hole playoff for medallist honors.
"He said he wanted to buy it because it worked so well," Marauder coach John Uidenich said.
Most things worked well for Mingus players at the eight-team invitational. Stephen Cook and Dylan Miles both carded 74s, and the Marauders beat Apollo for the tournament championship 286-291. Team scores were determined by the top four finishers from each school.
"It was the best score we've ever posted," said Uidenich, who has directed state championship teams. The school's previous best at an 18-hole tournament was 295.
Corey Lay shot a 79 as Mingus Union's fifth golfer. While his score might have been tops on several teams, it didn't even make the cut among the Marauder players.
"It's pretty neat for a coach to say you threw out a score in the 70s," Uidenich said. "It's been awhile since we've had a team this strong."
Sunnyslope placed third at 297. Mingus Union's closest region rival, Sinagua, took fourth with a 305 team score. Greenway at 314, Page 331, Cortez 342 and Independence 397 rounded out the standings.
Cook earned medallist honors in two other matches last week. The sophomore shot a 36 at Elden Hills in a dual match hosted by Sinagua. He carded a 39 at the tough Legend Trail course in Cave Creek in a three-way hosted by Greenway.
Mingus won the Sinagua dual last Tuesday, 210-220. Joey Lay finished at 38, followed by Phillip Giampietro 42, Jacob Gould 45 and Ryan Ontiveros 49.
Greenway edged the Marauders 167-170 in Thursday's three-way. Thunderbird finished at 189. Miles was Mingus Union's second-best on the day with a 42, followed by Giampietro 44 and Corey Lay 45.
Mingus will host another invitational Thursday at the Sedona Golf Resort. Golfers will then take a break until the Sept. 28-29 Page Invitational. Page will host this year's Grand Canyon Region tournament so the Marauders are looking forward to playing up there.
"We're real anxious to see what that course looks like," Uidenich said.