Riverton girls win Evanston golf inviteAug 28, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Wolverines boys placed third in the 10-team field.
Riverton High School climbed its way to the top of the girls team standings on Friday to win the Evanston Invitational golf tournament.
The Wolverines finished the 36-hole tournament with a score of 613. Star Valley came in second at 637, and Green River was third (823).
Evanston, Rock Springs, Morgan, Utah, and Jackson all had girls in the tournament, but didn't have enough to field a team.
"I was really excited about how the girls played," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "We have had three tournaments, and they have improved every weekend."
Evanston and the Wolverines were deadlocked after the first 18 holes. Flanagan said Evanston had a player disqualified from the tournament.
"Even if the Evanston girl would have finished the round, we still would have won," Flanagan said. "I was very pleased with all the girls."
Evanston, Green River and Rock Springs all play in the Class 4-A West conference.
"It's still early in the season," Flanagan said. "The Rock Springs girls have two very good players. They are bringing along two young players. It will depend on what the Rock Springs players do."
Riverton's Whitney Aschenbrenner finished third in the individual standings.
Aschenbrenner opened the tournament shooting a 93 and played to a 100 in the second day to finish at 193.
The 93 fired by Aschenbrenner was a career low.
Teammate Lincoln Horath placed fifth in the tournament. She scored a 102 and a 104 for a 206. Kendra Miller had rounds of 109-105--209, and Shaylee Cunningham ended the tournament collecting scores of 109-106--215.
The Wolverines placed third in the 10-team standings. RHS ended the tournament with a 669. Evanston won the boys team title at 642. Green River was second (668). GRHS was followed by the Wolverines 669, Jackson, 678, Star Valley 710, Rock Springs, 720 and Lyman 761 came in ninth.
"Going into the tournament, we had the potential to win this tournament," Flanagan said. "We didn't play well."
Riverton's Aaron Nirider placed fifth in the tournament. Nirider had a pair of 77s for a 154. The senior was the only RHS golfer to place in the top 10.
"The kids keep on talking about how our short game is hurting us," Flanagan said. "Our mental game is also hurting us a little bit."
The Evanston tournament was the third one in a little over a week for the Wolverines.
"We need to worry about Riverton right now," Flanagan said.
"We haven't had a lot of time to practice because we have been playing in so many tournaments to see what our strengths are."
Flanagan will send the top Wolverines Thursday and Friday to the Rock Springs Invitational. The younger RHS players will play in the Cody-Powell tournament on the same days.
All the Class 4-A schools will be in Rock Springs expect for Sheridan and Gillette.
"This will be a good weekend for all of us," Flanagan said.
Riverton scores from Evanston Invitational
Boys Team standings
1. Evanston, 642; 2. Green River, 668; 3. Riverton, 669; 4. Jackson, 678; 5. Star Valley, 710; 6. Rock Springs, 720; 7. Lyman, 761; 8. Pinedale, 770; 9. Morgan, Utah, 771; 10. Kemmerer, 848.
Aaron Nirider, 77-77--154; Preston Ward, 82-85--167; Lars Becker, 84-87--171; Jordan Yowell, 91-88-179; Chris Quayle, 90-90--180; Ryan Axthelm, 88-93--181; Oakley Hackleman, 100-86--186; Isaiah Valerio, 96-97--193;
1. Riverton, 613; Star Valley, 637; 3. Green River, 823
Whitney Aschenbrenner, 93-100--193; Lincoln Horath, 102-04 -- 206.Shaylee Cunningham, 109-106--215; Kendra Miller, 109-105--214.