Ten Monticello High School golfers earn 2022 All-State honors

No less than ten Monticello High School golfers earned All-State honors from the Utah Section PGA for their performances during the 2022 season that recently came to a close.

The Buckaroo girls captured their best team result ever, finishing just ten strokes behind 1A state champion Rich to secure second place in Utah. The boys finished fourth in the state.

Utah Section PGA First Team All-State players are the top ten in their classification, with second team players in the following ten. Players submitted scores throughout the season and earned All-State status based on a 65 percent state and 35 percent region scoring formula.

The San Juan Record is proud to present each of the Monticello All-State golfers along with photos and comments from their head coach, Nathan Chamberlain.

1A Boys First Team

Boston Freestone

Monticello Senior

13th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “As one of the team captains Boston golfed for Monticello for the past four years. He walked the course numerous times throughout the summer months to improve his game. His smooth swing shows his commitment to his game. Nothing Boston does is forced. He is methodical in his approach to the game. Boston was consistent in his scoring this year. He was the individual region champion, shooting a personal-best 79. Committing to two sports in the same season made Boston work extra hard during the time he was at practice. The inter-squad rivalry made both Boston and Breckyn Hoggard better players. Boston finished 13th with an 89 / 82 at the state competition. He will definitely be missed.”

1A Boys First Team

Breckyn Hoggard

Monticello Senior

9th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Breckyn, the other boys captain, had been a scorer for MHS for the past four years. He finished as MHS’s top boys golfer, tied for ninth with an 83 / 85 at the two-day state event. Breckyn was always been willing to put in the extra time and energy to compete at a higher level each year. It was fun to watch him grow not only as a golfer but as a young man. Developing skills on and off the course, he was willing to help out after the matches when others had already left. Hard work and commitment will take Breckyn into the next level of his life.”

1A Girls First Team

Kahryme Alvarado

Monticello Sophomore

Tied for 9th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Kahryme showed commitment throughout the season in her practice sessions and during the tournaments we played. Her scores reflected a ‘steady pace wins the race’ type of philosophy. She started the season right where she left off last year, progressively improving her scores throughout the season to become one of our top golfers. Her first score of the season, a 123 in Moab, and her final score of the season, a 102 (her personal best), at the state tournament to tie for ninth with four other players shows the improvement that can be made by hard work and dedication.”

1A Girls First Team

Amy Lewis

Monticello Junior

14th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Amy is one of our team captains and she led this year by example. Her dedication to improve was inspired by her competitiveness with her teammates. Amy was always good for a motivational speech from the coaches in the wind, snow, rain, or just a long day at practice. Amy was the most consistent player on the team. We could count on her score being in the top of region play. She led the region scoring in most every match and finished second at the region tournament. One skill that Amy became rather proficient at was chipping. She was by far the best short-game player on our team. Amy got her personal best score at the state tournament, a 103. She finished 14th at the state match and her region scores carried her to First Team All-State honors.”

1A Boys Second Team

Darrin Westcott

Monticello Sophomore

25th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Darrin has been an inspiration to his teammates, showing them that hard work and patience pays off in the long run. He realized early in the season that patience is needed to make lasting improvements to his game and there isn’t an easy fix in golf. Darrin always spent time after practice practicing. He will become our new leader in the boys program for the next few years. Darrin was the constant scorer on the team. His personal best of 88 in Carbon made it possible for him to fight through the struggles he faced at state. He placed 25th with scores of 94 / 91 showing that there is room for his game to improve.”

1A Girls Second Team

Cambree Chamberlain

Monticello Freshman

Tied for 15th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Cambree came into the golfing program with an expectation of success. She spent extra time at the course after practices to improve her abilities. There were some weekends before the season started that she would spend at our new practice facility in the old boiler room. She set personal goals and strived to meet them weekly. One skill that she worked hard on was driving. With the help of her coaches she was able to dial in her driver which allowed her to excel at the state tournament where she improved her personal best by five strokes. None of our three freshmen had ever played an 18-hole round before our first tournament. From shooting a 138 in Moab to her 15th-place finish at state with a personal-best score of 104 she exceeded her goal of beating her older sister’s freshman year score.”

1A Girls Second Team

Gabi Dowell

Monticello Sophomore

Tied for 17th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Gabi was our team cheerleader/tumbler and spirit advisor. She entertained us with her hand stands walking down the fairways to tumbling around on the driving range. Consistent scoring was another characteristic of Gabi. She was able to put together many rounds that helped us maintain first place in the region. Gabi also improved her scores weekly. She finished tied 17th with her neighbor Ali Young with a score of 105. That was just two strokes off her personal best which she shot at Green River to help us win the region championship. We look forward to having her spirited attitude back next season.”

1A Girls Second Team

Alise Lewis

Monticello Freshman

8th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Alise’s team-best score of 101 at the state tournament secured an 8th-place finish at the state level and helped lead the girls team to second place in the state. Alise was always willing to put in the practice time to achieve great things and she brought a sense of belonging and inclusion to the team. She was willing to golf in the spots where the team needed her to be. She also put in extra practice hitting golf balls into the nets in the boiler room. We look forward to having Alise play another three years for MHS.”

1A Girls Second Team

Jade Nielson

Monticello Sophomore

Tied for 9th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Jade brought a new perspective to our team by being the fashion consultant in making us look good. Her scores reflected that as well. The last two rounds of the season and a top-ten finish at state showed Jade’s true potential. She shot a 104 at our only home match, then followed that up with a 102 at the state tournament. Jade was truly a lead-by-example type of captain as she also spent time before the season started in the practice facility and extra time during the season. She always had a smile on her face and stayed true to our team goal of giving all we had each day.”

1A Girls Second Team

Alli Young

Monticello Freshman

Tied for 17th at State

Head Coach Nathan Chamberlain: “Alli just showed up to practice with a mild interest in golfing. But after a few afternoons hitting on the simulators and into the practice nets she was committed. Her personable demeanor made her easy to coach and she shows great potential. Using her father’s clubs she become a stable player for us. In Alli’s first 18-hole match she shot a 134 in Moab and finished the season tied for 17th with Gabi Dowell when both shot a 105 at the state tournament. Driving is the best part of Ali’s game. Once she figured out how to swing through the ball she could drive it extremely well. All three freshmen have become the core of the MHS golf team for years to come.”

 

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