Wolverines host golf invitational Thursday at noonApr 16, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Riverton Invitational has drawn a mixture of Class 3-A and 4-A golf teams to the field.
The 18-hole tournament takes place Thursday afternoon at the Riverton Country Club.
Golfers tee off at noon.
Riverton Wolverines coach Lars Flanagan is expecting Sheridan, Casper Kelly Walsh, Casper Natrona from the 4-A ranks.
Lander, Worland and Kemmerer make up the 3-A teams.
"I think that our home course allows us to play well and have confidence for the rest of the year," Flanagan said.
This is the second spring tournament for the Wolverines. RHS participated in the Buffalo Invitational last weekend.
The Wolverines won the Class 4-A state team championship in the fall.
"We haven't had the opportunity to work on the range and skills as much as I would have liked," Flanagan said. "I really think that we are going to see a lot of improvement after this weekend."
Riverton's lineup for its home tournament will be Easton Paxton, Chris Quayle, Jayd Dion, Jordan Yowell and Jayden Nyberg.
Kendra Miller will be in the girls field for the Wolverines.
Natalie Johnson and Shelby Watson will be playing in the middle school division on Thursday.
Jordan James is in the eighth-grade boys field.
"Our top seven guys can get 85 or less," Flanagan said.
Paxton, a freshman, won the individual title in Buffalo, shooting a 71.
"We expect Easton to get low all the time," Flanagan said.
Quayle shot an 88.
"I'm really excited about Chris," Flanagan said. "He is really understanding his golf game and golf swing."
Quayle is a junior.
"I have always said Chris is a great athlete and competitor, Flanagan said. "He is becoming a good golfer."
In the team standings, Gillette won the title at 332, and the Wolverines placed second at 333.
"We just played O.K. at Buffalo," Flanagan said.
Miller finished with a 102.
"She had never played that course before," Flanagan said. "That was a good tournament to give herself a little motivation."
The Lander boys are fresh off winning the Class 3-A state championship in the fall.
Coach Terry Berg is using the spring season to evaluate players who will be in the lineup next fall.
At the Buffalo tournament, the Tigers were fourth in the field with a team score of 348.
Kolbey Wells led Lander with an 81, and Trey Massey shot an 85.
"I think that we are doing fine," Berg said. "We have some young kids who are trying to come up. We are losing four seniors, and even a couple of juniors moved away."
Results from Buffalo
Invitational held Friday
1. Gillette, 301; 2. Buffalo, 316; 3. Sheridan, 319; 4. Powell, 329l; Big Horn, 361.
1, Sydney Gunn, Cody, 80; Sarah Schroefel, Worland, 80; Brittany Smith, 90; Hanna Phister, Buffalo, 92; Mikala Fulton, Powell, 95; Taylor Barstad, Gillette, 96; Katie Nelson, Gillette, 97; Kayla Allen, Sheridan, 100; Sydney Gruntmeier, Buffalo, 100; Carlie Brown, Powell, Kendra Miller, Riverton,, 102.
1. Gillette, 332; 2. Riverton, 333; 3. Sheridan, 347; 4. Lander, 348; 5. Thermopolis, 365; 6. Lovell, 375; 7. Gillette JV, 382; 8. Big Horn, 385; 9. Cody, 407,
Easton Paxton,, Riverton, 71; 2. Jack Mavrakis, Sheridan, 76; Eli Vogit, Gillette, 81; Trey Laron, Gillette, 81; Kolbey Wells, 81; Bailey Bonnett, Sheridan, 81; Cody Eastman, Gillette, Jayd Dion, Riverton, 84; Nick Synder, Cody, Jackson Roling, Thermopolis, 84.