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Cottonwood boys golf shows well in the new, geographically unique Region 7

Oct 05, 2021 09:34AM ● By Brian Shaw

Coach says there are many positives about playing in a new region. (Pixabay)

By Brian Shaw | [email protected]

With a new region brings new challenges for the Cottonwood High School golf team. But, according to head coach Greg Southwick the Colts are not only meeting those new challenges—they’re exceeding them in many cases. 

“We’ve made a lot of progress this year,” said Southwick of his young team. “And reached a number of goals.” 

The Colts golfers have had great success thus far in the new Region 7, which is unique geographically speaking. The region comprises Stansbury and Tooele 30 miles west of Cottonwood High, Payson and Cedar Valley an hour south, Uintah out of Vernal 200 miles to the east and the Colts crosstown rival, Hillcrest. 

That uniqueness, however, hasn’t affected the Colts one iota this season. They currently sit in second place behind Stansbury, having amassed 327 total points through six matches as a team. 

According to Southwick, who is also the school’s athletic director, there are several positives to Cottonwood being in this new region. 

“The region placement is basically out of our control, but it’s been nothing but positives for our kids,” he said. “They’re doing things they’ve never done before; taking long bus rides to Vernal and Payson has built the camaraderie of the team. We’ve been able to eat together as a team in a restaurant in Vernal, and spend a lot of time together, and that’s something we wouldn’t have been able to do if we were placed in any other region.” 

Individually, the Colts are also doing well in the standings. Henry Falck sits fifth out of the top 10 golfers in Region 7 with 79.5 points accrued through six matches. Other Colts are showing well also. At the last tournament on Sept. 13 at Talons Cove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs, Tavish Snow finished third overall with a score of 76, while Collin Smith tied three other Region 7 golfers for sixth place with a score of 80.  

Next up for the Colts is the Utah Class 5A state championships, added Southwick, which was a primary goal of the team’s this year. 

“We’re excited to go because it’s the first time in seven years that we’ve been able to go to the state tournament as a team, and it was our primary goal going into the season,” said the head coach. 

“Now that we’re there we just want to have fun and get some exposure for the program.”