WEST JORDAN – Desert Hills junior Katie Perkins captured her second straight state individual title and the Thunder brought home their fifth consecutive 3A team title Thursday at Mountain View Golf Course on a gorgeous day in the Salt Lake Valley.
Perkins, who won last season and was second her freshman year, defeated teammate Megan Welch and rival Dixie’s Gracie Richins by three points in the event, which was scored using the Modified Stableford system. Perkins was the only golfer to come in under pair, firing a 3-under 69, good enough for 93 points. Welch and Richins shot even-par 72s, earning 90 points in the event.
DH’s Kyla Smith tied for sixth place, helping the Thunder win the team event with a score of 322, six points ahead of the Flyers and 12 points more than Park City. Allie Brandt was the fourth counter for DH, which has survived a coaching change amid the incredible five-year streak.
Welch is the only senior for the Desert Hills squad, which is already favored to win it again in 2015.
Region 9’s other top finishers were Pine View in sixth (behind Taylor Bandley’s fifth-place showing) and Snow Canyon in ninth (thanks in part to Bergen Nelson’s 10th-place finish).
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