May 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJordan Hitshew completed the spring golf season on top.
The Lander Valley High School junior won the Lander Invitational on Friday by 19 strokes in the 36-hole tournament.
Hitshew scored a 90 on the first day and came back with an 89 for a total of 179. Worland's Sarah Scofield finished second (92-106--198). In the team standings, Lander won the title (628), and Worland placed second (709).
"Jordan had a great spring," LVHS coach Terry Berg said. "She had a couple of scores in the 80s in the tournaments, and the rest of them were in the low 90s. She did a nice job."
Hitshew's teammate Lacey Morris ended third (111-101-212) in the individual standings. Shinowa Abeyta (125-116--241) was fifth, Shilo Lawrence sixth
(132-112--244) and Jenae Hudson placed seventh (127-126--253).
"Our kids are swinging well at the ball," Berg said. "They just need to spend time on the golf course learning to put the ball in the hole."
Cody and the Powell girls are the top team contenders for the 2012 fall season. The schedule starts in the middle of August and goes for a month, ending with the state tournament.
"Last week in Cody, they showed us a pretty good team," Berg said. "The Powell girls played very well and they didn't have one of their top players because she was playing track There are some good teams out there. That is just from the West. I don't know anything about the other side. I think that we are OK, but we have some work to do."
LVHS senior Joe McGowan played in his final high school golf tournament coming in the runner-up position.
McGowan put together rounds of 80 and 84 on his home course for a 164. McGowan was the only senior to play in the final spring golf tournament.
"Joe has been a steady player for us for years," Berg said. "He will be missed. I really enjoyed having Joe on the team. He was a fine leader for us."
Mitch Ellington of Jackson won the individual team title (80-74--154). Jackson captured the team title (662). LVHS finished second (699). Lyman placed third (802) and Worland came in fourth (804).
Tyson Sollars added a fourth-place finish (82-84--166), Scott Kaufman was sixth (93-86--179) and Levi Stuttle placed ninth (94-96--190). Andrew Von Rein (106-107--213) had the other LVHS varsity score.
In the junior varsity division, Sam Brodie brought home the title (86-82--168). Riley Patterson (109-108--217), Kyle Carey (115-106--221) and Matt Pickenpaugh (141-146--287) all played 36 holes. Lander's Tucker Russell (96) only played on the second day of the tournament.
"We talked about for the boys that Jackson had a pretty good score on the second day with the state champion from last year," Berg said. "Jackson doesn't lose anybody so they will be pretty strong in the fall. They have five or six kids that are really strong."
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