Apr 18, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorEaston Paxton played steady golf on his home course to take the Riverton Invitational by two strokes Thursday afternoon at the Riverton Country Club.
Paxton fired a 73 in the 18-hole tournament. He is a freshman for the Riverton Wolverines.
Par for the Riverton course is 72.
After Paxton, Corban Hill from Kelly Walsh and Sheridan's Jack Mavrakis tied for second.
Both shot 75.
"Easton probably regrets two holes," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "If he would have played those two holes like he knows he can, he would have shot a score in the high 60s, which would have been great for this time of the year."
The tournament was played in almost perfect playing conditions.
"It was the best day so far this spring," Flanagan said.
The Wolverines play the Green River Invitational next Thursday.
"I'm not to worried about the team competition because we just have to play better," Flanagan said. "We still have to remember that this is only the second week of spring golf.
RHS team second
The Wolverines finished 10 strokes off the pace to end up in the runner-up position in the boys team standings.
Kelly Walsh scored a 325. RHS had a 335. Sheridan finished third at 339.
"I was disappointed with our play, but I'm going to take some of the responsibility," Flanagan said. "In practice, we need to work a little harder and be a little more focused on details and fundamentals."
Two years ago, Kelly Walsh won the Class 4-A state title. RHS won the team championship in the fall, with Paxton taking the individual medal as well.
"Kelly Walsh still has a lot of those kids there," Flanagan said. "This is their last spring together. They are a very good team in the spring or in the fall."
RHS teammates Jayd Dion and Jordan Yowell each shot 86 for the Wolverines.
Kendra Miller had a 112 for the RHS girls.
"We all need to find our game a little bit," Flanagan said.
The Lander Tigers finished sixth in the boys team standings with a 362.
Lander's Trey Massey led the Tigers with an 86.
golf results held on
1. Kelly Walsh, 325; 2. Riverton, 335; 3. Sheridan, 339; 4. Casper Natrona, 348; 5. Thermopolis, 353; 6. Lander, 362.
1. Easton Paxton, Riverton, 73; 2. (tie) Corban Hill, Kelly Walsh and Jack Mavrakis, Sheridan, 75; Drew Petrie, Kelly Walsh, 76; Jackson Rolling, Thermopolis, , 81; (tie) Kaleb Spiva, Natrona, Austin Rush, Thermopolis, 83; Michael Layton, Kelly Walsh, 84; (tie) Trey Massey, Lander, Jarrett Barr, Natrona, Jayd Dion, Jordan Yowell, 86.
Easton Paxton, 73; Chris Quayle, 90; Jayd Dion, 86; Jordan Yowell, 86; Jaden Nyberg, 92.
Trey Massey, 86; Sam Brodie, 90; Wade DeWitt, 99; Kolbey Wells, 87.
1. Casper Natrona, 254; 2. Sheridan, 313.
Caitlyn Skavdahl, Natrona, 75; Eryn Ellis, Natrona, 82; Sarah Schrofel, Worland, 88; Kayla Allen, Sheridan 91; Kynsie Valdez, Natrona, 96; Morgan Sanford, Natrona, 97; Reilly Johnson, 101.
Kendra Miller, 112; Natalie Johnson, 148; Shelby Watson, 125.
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