May 25, 2024

WCA’s Dewey ties for 33rd at 2A state golf

Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune West Central Area junior Mitchell Dewey follows through on a tee-off during the second round of the Class AA State Boys Golf Tournament Wednesday, June 14, at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. In his third appearance at state, Dewey tied for 33rd overall.

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Brooke Kern
Grant County Herald

West Central Area junior Mitch Dewey fired a pair of 79’s for a two-day total of 158 at the Class AA State Boys Golf meet Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13 and 14, at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. He finished in a seven-way tie for 33rd overall out of 88 competitors at state.

“First off we are very proud of Mitch representing WCA (at state),” Knight coach Kraig Hunter said. “He is a true competitor.”

He opened his first 18-hole round Tuesday, shooting even par for the first two holes. After a bogey on the third hole, he responded with two more pars before closing out the first nine at four over par with a 40.

“I was hitting fairways and hitting solid approach shots, but never got the putter going,” Dewey said of the first day on the course.

Dewey went on to shoot three over par at 39 on the back nine with one birdie and 10 pars on the day to finish with a 79.

He started day two on Wednesday like his first round Tuesday, with a par, this time starting on hole 10 instead of one. He parred the first three holes and finished the back nine three over par at 39.

“Same thing happened on day two,” Dewey said. “Didn’t play great either of the days and left a lot of strokes out there.”

“It wasn’t nerves because I have been in these situations before,” added Dewey. “I was rolling (the putter) good for the majority of the season including sections, but just had a few ‘off’ days and several bad breaks with lip outs.”

In the front nine, and final nine holes, Dewey had an early par before ending the round with a triple bogey to finish seven over par at 79.

“My tee shot got an unlucky kick and went into the creek, bad way to end the round,” Dewey said of his final hole on number nine, which includes a large body of water along the left side and creek that runs through the course before the green.

“Mitch played the course well and hit many good shots,” Hunter said of the two-time state golfer. “He did not have the best two days of putting. He gave himself a lot of good looks, but with some of the pin placements, it was hard to be aggressive and there were a few 3-putts, which is normally a strength of his.”

“Being the competitor he is, of course he feels he could have gotten more out of his score had he gotten a few more putts to drop,” Hunter added.

That is the nature of the game sometimes, he continued, “When you step back and look at the big picture, Mitch tied or beat some of the golfers that finished high in the state tournament last year.”

“And when you look at his overall season, he was outstanding all season and another state tournament experience will only help him going into his senior season next year.  Like I said, we are extremely proud of him,” Hunter concluded.

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