Two weeks ago, the Eagle High girls golf team took a road trip.
The destination was Pocatello’s Highland Golf Course, the site of the 2019 5A girls golf state tournament, which is set for next Monday and Tuesday.
Even though Mark Snodgrass is a first-year head coach, he knew what he inherited. He knew his team was going to state. He had talent, a program fresh off a state championship with a top three capable of shooting in the mid-70s in the district tournament.
That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday at RedHawk Golf Course. The Mustangs dominated the field and won their second consecutive District 3 championship with a team score of 303, finishing 24 strokes ahead of second-place Rocky Mountain. The tournament’s top three finishers all hailed from Snodgrass’ program, all of whom shot within three strokes of the par 71. There is not one senior on the team.
“I have been the beneficiary of a lot of great work that other coaches have done,” Snodgrass said. “We have had a history of some really good golf coaches.”
Snodgrass took over Eagle’s program from John Hartz, who is now the school’s athletic director and football coach.
Elle McCord, the tournament’s medalist, shot an even-par 71 on the day, recording a total of four birdies and an eagle on the course’s 14th hole, a par-5. Her teammates Brooke Patterson (72) and Christine Cho (74) finished in the two spots behind her. McCord finished eight stokes ahead of the top non-Eagle player.
“I saw the spot where I needed to hit and I was actually short of it,” McCord said of her eagle. “It just kept rolling out and had a really good line and finally just dropped.”
On the front nine, McCord rolled a birdie putt all the way around the cup before it dropped for a birdie on the fourth hole. It was that kind of day for Eagle, and it capped a near-perfect season up to this point.
“The sucky part was I was set up to shoot under (par) but you’ll take what you can get,” McCord said. “That was the perfect representation of golf. That was on a roller coaster.”
Shortly after the medal ceremony, Snodgrass was off planning his next trip to Pocatello. His team will depart at 9 a.m. Saturday and play one more practice round before next week’s tournament.
Eagle, Rocky Mountain (327), Boise (337) and Timberline (343) advanced to state. Centennial’s Grace Simanton (81) and Borah’s Maddie Montoya (81) also qualified by finishing in the individual top 10.
5A District 3 girls golf results
Top Individuals (all to state)
1. Elle McCord, Eagle 71; 2. Brooke Patterson, Eagle 72; 3. Christine Cho, Eagle 74; 4. Madison Gridley, Rocky Mountain 79; 4. Sydney Catlin, Timberline 79; 4. Emily Caldwell, Boise 79; 7. Ainsley Terada, Rocky Mountain 80; 8. Grace Simanton, Centennial 81; 8. Maddie Montoya, Borah 81; 8. Lauren Parish, Rocky Mountain 81
Team scores (Top 4 to state)
1. Eagle (303): Elle McCord 71, Brooke Patterson 72, Christine Cho 74, Elle Smith 86, Heleina Staley 94
2. Rocky Mountain (327): Madison Gridley 79, Ainsley Terada 80, Lauren Parish 81, Josey Parish 87, Morgan Fisher 101
3. Boise (337): Emily Caldwell 79, Kate Goulet 82, Claire Whitman 87, Kate Stacey 89, Avery Smock 92
4. Timberline (343): Sydney Catlin 79, Maddie Cudworth 82, Lucia Hinarejos-Suva 89, Ally Eaton 93, Allie Stevens 117
5. Centennial (366): Grace Simanton 81, Katie Tidwell 91, Hannah Dupay 91, Jaqcue Deeble 103, Jilian Bell 115
6. Mountain View (391): Brianna Glenn 95, Emily Burch 98, Kenna Heupel 99, Sydnie Robins 99, Morgan Freeman 109
7. Skyview (419): Emma Miller 101, Sadie Miller 103, Olivia Taylor 104, Dew Phongam 111, Hailey Bennett 121
8. Borah (426): Maddie Montoya 81, Bri Willer 109, Kate Kulchak 117, Brenna Magnuson 119, Zulema Gumb 144
9. Meridian (433): Kelsee Fleming 84, Payton Thomas 97, Taylor DeMasters 113, Madison Perkins 139, Dylan Croner 147
10. Capital (436): Emily Horner 102, Alyssa Thomas 106, Alexa Johnson 108, Myk Woolum 120, Sadiee Mathis 131