CCHS golfers top 10 at National InviteAug 23, 2021 09:09AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Corner Canyon golfers represented with a 10th-place finish at the National High School Invitational June 30 at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. (Photos courtesy Derek Fox)
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The Corner Canyon High golf team—consisting of 6A state champion Caysen Wright and the rest of the third-place Chargers squad—finished 10th at the National High School Invitational at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina June 30.
“Playing in this event is a big accomplishment,” said Chelsea Sedlar, PGA marketing and content coordinator.
“The opportunity to be there was huge,” said CCHS head coach Derek Fox. “It shows where we have come in the last few years in becoming a title contender in the state and getting recognition nationally. The boys have been working really hard for this.”
The Chargers began the tournament well, according to Fox, but battled “nerves on the bigger stage” over the three days. “We got better as we settled in and then on the last day, we shot the third-lowest score of the tournament and climbed up eight spots,” Fox said. “We felt pressure from some high expectations as we really thought we’d have a shot, but we learned a lot about not being able to force things.”
Upcoming senior Jackson Mauss was the top Corner Canyon player, finishing all three rounds in the 70s—including a final round of 72—to tie for 17th place.
“Jackson struggled the first two days and then just kept grinding,” Fox said. “On the first hole of the last round, he started out with a double bogey but then went two-under the rest of the way.”
“The experience at Pinehurst was awesome,” said Mauss, the son of Justin and Jill Mauss of Draper. “Overall, I played well, but it could have been a lot better. Playing on that big of a stage is always fun and nerve-wracking but the more I do it the more comfortable I get.”
Others competing at the National Invite for the Chargers were Wright, Maddox Vincent, Zach Labrum, Harrison Dana and Coda Anderson.
“It was a lot of fun hanging out with my teammates at such a cool place,” Jackson Mauss said.
Fox said that his players were able to play hole No. 2 on the prestigious course with their dads following the tournament. “It was such a good experience for our guys where it turned into a family trip for a lot of them,” Fox said. “This is definitely something the boys will remember the rest of their lives, and it has only motivated them more in golf.”