Filled with ups and downs throughout the 2019 season, an extremely young Emery High School golf team qualified for the 2019 3A State Championship Tournament after finishing fifth-place in the highly talented Region 12 division.
Led by head coach Kevin Reynolds, the Spartans battled with the middle of the pack within the division throughout most of the season. Underclassmen Trevin Wakefield, Tayven Guymon, Kavery Killpack and Devin Guymon provided the top four scores at most meets during the season.
The campaign came to a close at the 3A State Tournament as the team ended the first day in 12th place, three spots short of the cut for day two.
Below is the complete results from each meet, the team’s Academic All-State selections and off-season news.
July 31, 2019 at Roosevelt:
The Emery Spartans earned a fourth place finish in the season opening golf meet in Roosevelt, the site of this year’s 3A State Championship meet.
Competing against the brand new Region 12 alignment, the Spartans ended with a final team score of 398. The meet was won handily by the Carbon Dinos who finished with a score of 317. Richfield and Grand completed the top three, while South Sevier and San Juan rounded out the field of six.
Kavery Killpack and Treven Waitefield both led the Spartans individually as the two each shot a 99. Devin Guymon and Tayvin Guymon both shot 100 to give the Spartans the four qualifying scores. A total of eight Emery golfers participated in the season opening meet.
Aug. 7, 2019 at Richfield:
Kavery Killpack and Trevin Wakefield led the Emery Spartans to a fifth place finish at the second Region 12 meet of the season Wednesday afternoon at the Cove View Golf Course in Richfield.
Ending with a team score of 413 the Spartans finished fifth, topping sixth place San Juan’s score of 488. Carbon edged past the host school Richfield 320 to 325. Grand ended in third with a 328, followed by South Sevier’s 359.
Killpack and Wakefield both shot 99’s, which equaled last week’s individual scores. Devan Guymon shot a 104, and Tayven Guymon gave the fourth score with a 111.
Unable to build off of last week’s fourth place performance, the Spartans dipped to fifth overall in the region standings following the meet. Emery now trails South Sevier 39 strokes for fourth. Carbon has opened a 24-stroke lead over Richfield at the top of the standings.
Aug. 13, 2019 at Grand:
The Emery Spartans fired an even 400 to secure a fourth place finish at the third Region 12 meet of the season at the Moab Golf Club, the home site of the Grand Red Devils.
Shaving 13-strokes off of last week’s final score, the Spartans ended a distant fourth behind Richfield’s 351. Carbon continued to dominate with a 311, easily defeating second place Grand’s score of 329. South Sevier and San Juan rounded out the field in fifth and sixth place.
Kavery Killpack led the improved team performance with an individual team best 94. Trevin Wakefield ended right behind with a 95. Devan Guymon and Tayven Guymon gave the third and fourth scores as they shot a 103 and 108 respectively.
Tuesday’s team performance has put the Spartans back in a position to climb in the region standings. After jumping out to a 15-stroke lead over South Sevier in the first meet of the season, the Spartans dipped to fifth place after struggling in Richfield.
Aug. 22, 2019 at Emery:
The region golf teams made a stop at the Millsite course with Grand taking the top spot and the Spartans finishing in fifth.
Trevin Wakefield fired a team low 87 and Tayven Guymon shot a 90 on the way to Emery’s overall score of 376. Kavery Killpack had a 96 and Devin Guymon shot 103 to round out the top four finishers.
The Spartans are in fifth place in the overall region standings. 43 strokes behind fourth place South Sevier.
Aug. 28, 2019 at South Sevier:
Emery golf traveled to the Cove View Golf Course in Richfield for a region match hosted by South Sevier Rams. Firing a combined team score of 377 putting them in fifth place, 12 strokes behind the fourth place Rams.
Trevin Wakefield and Kavery Killpack led the way for the Spartans, with both players shooting a team low 90. Devan Guymon added a 95 and Tayven Guymon chipped in with a 102.
With only a few matches left until the state tournament, Emery sits in fifth place in the overall region standings 55 strokes behind fourth place South Sevier.
Sept. 4, 2019 at San Juan:
The Emery Spartans golf squad took part in a match at the Hideout, the home course of the San Juan Broncos on Wednesday finishing in fourth place.
Led once again by Trevin Wakefield who shot a 90, Kavery Killpack was one stroke back with a 91. Tayven Guymon fired a 92 and Devan Guymon a 99 for a total team score of 372 finishing ahead of South Sevier and host San Juan.
With just two matches left at Grand and next week at Carbon, the Spartans will look to gain ground on South Sevier just 10 strokes ahead of them for fourth place.
Sept. 12, 2019 at Carbon:
The Carbon Dinos protected their home course and finished with a final team score of 304 to claim first place. Richfield finished in a distant second with a formidable 329, topping Grand’s 342. Emery finished fourth with a 360, while South Sevier and San Juan completed the field of six
Sept. 19, 2019 at Roosevelt (Region Championship):
The Carbon Dinos finished with a team score of 329, topping the field a highly competitive meet. Grand ended just two strokes behind with a score of 331, followed by Richfield’s 333. South Sevier edged out the Emery Spartans for fourth place by just six strokes with a 389. San Juan closed out the field of six in last.
Sept. 23, 2019 at Palisades Golf Course (Region Finale):
Holding a monumental 76-stroke over second place Grand entering the final meet, the Carbon Dinos ended with a team score of 360, a season-high in 2019, but enough to win the region title. Grand equaled Carbon’s 360, while Richfield finished at the top with a 345. South Sevier, Emery and San Juan completed the field of six.
The Spartans will now shift their attention to the 3A State Championship meet, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3 in Roosevelt. The top two teams from each of the three 3A regions have qualified automatically, while the remaining eight schools were determined by average meet score.
State Tournament Preview:
The Emery Spartans will compete at the 3A State Golf Championship Tournament, beginning with the opening round at the Roosevelt Golf Course.
Ending with a top 14 team average for the 2019 season, the Spartans qualified for the final stage as the regular season came to a close last Monday. Emery will join fellow Region 12 schools Carbon, Grand, Richfield and South Sevier at the final competition.
Carter Huntington and Devin Guymon will be the first two Spartans to tee-off at the state meet. Both will begin at 9:00 a.m. as Huntington begins on hole No.1 and Guymon opens on hole No. 10.
Wade Huggard will begin on hole No. 10 at 9:20. Tayven Guymon will follow at 9:40. Kavery Killpack and Trevin Wakefield will round out the team’s participating golfers at 9:50 and 10:10.
Oct. 2, 2019 at Roosevelt (State Championship Day One):
The 2019 boy’s golf season came to an end for the Emery Spartans as the team failed to make the cut for the second day at the Roosevelt Golf Course.
Needing to finish inside the top nine, the Spartans ended 12th out of the field of 14. South Sevier, Juab, American Leadership and South Summit also failed to make the first round cut.
Sophomore Kavery Killpack led the way for the Spartans with a team low score of 93. Fellow sophomore Trevin Wakefield shot a 95, while juniors Tayven Guymon and Devin Guymon ended with a 102.
The Spartans qualified for the state tournament after finishing with a top 14 team average score throughout region competition. Place in the highly competitive Region 12 ranks, the Spartans finished fifth in the division.
Entering the second and final day of competition Morgan is currently comfortably in first with a score of 317. Judge Memorial is second with a 328, followed by Richfield in third at 344. Only nine strokes separate third to sixth place in the current standings.
Oct. 3, 2019 at Roosevelt (State Championship Day Two):
Did not make second-day cut.
Academic All-State Selections:
Bron Gordon was the lone Emery representative in a field of 10 golfers from the 3A ranks.
Off season news:
Kasey Edgehouse has officially been named head coach of the Emery High School boy’s golf team, it was recently announced by school officials.
Edgehouse, who is an assistant coach for the Emery High School softball team, is currently in his fourth year as the the Millsite Golf Course manager. He will replace former coach Kevin Reynolds, who held the position for several seasons.
“I grew up around golf, but never really had much for a teacher outside of my Grandpa,” said Edgehouse. “Being able to help kids out with their golf game is important. Golf is something they can carry with them throughout their life.”
While attending Emery High School as a student, Edgehouse was a member of the school’s golf program. Over the last three years Edgehouse has helped with the junior program at the course, which is starting to trickle into the high school.
Edgehouse will take over a team that will return every single member from a productive 2019 season. The Spartans qualified for the state championship tournament after finishing fifth-place in the highly competitive Region 12 division.
“I want to go as far into state as we can,” said Edgehouse when asked about the goal for this upcoming season. “We have some individuals that came make it further into state than we have in the past. So lets get to state and perform well there.”
The Emery High School boy’s golf season is expected to begin this August.