Chargers golfers finish second at stateNov 11, 2021 09:53AM ● By Catherine Garrett
The Corner Canyon High boys golf team placed second at the 6A state tournament at Davis Park Oct. 5. (Photo courtesy Derek Fox)
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Corner Canyon High golf coach Derek Fox has been preaching the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats” within his program the past four years. This season, he watched the strong senior class he built around when he first took over in 2018 provide the leadership that helped improve every player’s ability.
“Every one of these kids got better and it made everyone else better,” Fox said.
That culture gave the deep Chargers squad a real shot at knocking off three-time defending 6A state champion Lone Peak at the tournament this year at Davis Park. After a tough first day where they found themselves down 12 shots to the Knights and in a tie for second place with Fremont, CCHS bounced back on Oct. 5 to narrow the gap to eight strokes and earn the runners-up spot.
“We always chant ‘brotherhood’ and truly, the camaraderie and attitude of this group is tremendous,” Fox said. “They are champions in my book.”
“Our first day wasn’t the best and it showed with our team score, but we fought hard and battled it back on the second day,” said Zach Labrum.
Four of the top 10 spots were claimed by the Chargers, including Labrum, who shot a 69 and 72 to finish in sixth place—five strokes back of Lone Peak’s Kiehi Akina.
“Zach played amazing,” Fox said. “He was at the top of the leaderboard with two holes to go.”
“I felt great and overall I’m happy with how I played,” Labrum said. “It was fun being in the running towards the end of it all.”
Maddox Vincent tied for eighth with rounds of 69 and 74 while brothers Jackson and Bowen Mauss shot identical 76s and 68s in tying for ninth place and rounding out the four All-State showings for Corner Canyon.
“If we were all on our ‘A games’ we are by far the best team in the state, no doubt about it,” said Vincent, who will play for Dixie State in college. “We proved to Lone Peak that we most definitely had a deeper team than them. But, taking second is not too bad for playing against a team that balled out against us.”
Fox said he is proud of his team for being second best and placing four golfers in the top 10, a feat no other team at this year’s state tournament accomplished. “It goes to our depth,” he said. “We had our chances. Lone Peak just happened to make a few more putts than we did to win.”
CCHS won the Region 4 title this season, winning in match play against Lone Peak by defeating the Knights in the last five matches.
“Winning region over Lone Peak was great,” Labrum said.
The Chargers claimed seven All-Region spots in players Jackson Mauss, Vincent, Harrison Dana, Jantzen Anderson, Labrum, Alex Edwards and Bowen Mauss—of the 12 honored.
Also on the CCHS team were Coda Anderson, Jaxon Barlow, Caleb Beardall, Wilson Broadbent, Nolan Cloyd, Gavin Dosch, Jackson Gale, Davis King, Krew Labrum, Cooper Meyer, Xander Neeley, McKay Neyman, Joshua Sampson, Hayden Trujillo and Preston Wilde.
“Hopefully, we can turn the corner and win one. We have a shot next year with five to eight solid players,” Fox said. “Whatever we do moving forward, the legacy of these seniors will live on. They’ve definitely put their imprint on this program.”
Fox has been assisted on the coaching staff by Brian Rueckert and Jason Labrum.
“We had a great season and the best part was being able to play really good golf courses with some of my best friends,” said Jackson Mauss, who is being heavily recruited to play at the next level but is currently undecided on where he’ll go.
“We’re about not just raising good golfers, but also good young men,” Fox said. “And, there’s not a better group than our Corner Canyon boys.”