Sep 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Wolverines had a good showing at the match-place tournament in Green River.
Riverton High School golf coach Lars Flanagan said his Wolverines are playing at a high level entering the postseason.
RHS closed out the regular season last Friday at the Green River Invitational.
"It was the best tournament that we played by far for both the boys and girls," Flanagan said. "The conditions and the course were set up so the kids would do well. Almost all the teams scored well."
The tournament was set up as a match-play format, when match winners are determined by how many holes they win rather than their 18-hole scores.
"We are going into the postseason with some confidence," Flanagan said. "I would like to think that they trust their games."
Rock Springs, Green River and Evanston played against the Wolverines.
The match winners for the RHS were Preston Ward, Lars Becker, Shaylee Cunningham and Kendra Miller, who won their respective brackets.
No team standings were kept in the 36-hole tournament.
"We just took the top players from each team and put them in the bracket," Flanagan said.
This was the fifth tournament of the regular season for the Wolverines. It was the first one that had match play.
"The kids had fun," Flanagan said. "It was just a different format. Instead of playing against the field they could focus on the individuals. That helped them be relaxed."
Riverton's Aaron Nirider had the best rounds of the 36-hole tournament. Nirider scored a 71 and 78 for a 149. Ward put together a 74 and 78 for his 152.
"Aaron played extremely well," Flanagan said.
Lars Becker finished his two rounds in the 70s. Becker had a 76 on the first 18 holes and followed up with 74 for a 150.
"Lars has worked on his game and his approach to the game," Flanagan said. "Lars is playing as well as anybody on the team right now."
Whitney Aschenbrenner (90-84--174) and Lincoln Horath (83-101--184) had the best scores for the RHS girls.
Flanagan was pleased with the way Jayden Nyberg (91-83--174) and Pat Martinez (97-97--194) played in the junior varsity division.
The Wolverines play this Thursday and Friday at the Class 4-A West conference meet in Rock Springs.
Rock Springs, Evanston, Green River and RHS are in the tournament. The RHS boys won the conference title in 2011.
"It will be a dogfight for the boys title," Flanagan said.
Flanagan isn't sure how the girls race will stack up.
"Rock Springs has young girls that have improved dramatically, and they are playing at their home course," Flanagan said. "Evanston will be bringing a full team for the first time in a long time."
The state tournament is Sept. 21-22 in Casper.
Riverton High School scores
from Green River Invitational
Aaron Nirider, 71-78--149; Preston Ward, 74-78--152; Lars Becker, 76-74--150; Jordan Yowell, 84-84--168; Ryan Axthelm, 84-84--168; Chris Quayle, 87-98--185; Jaden Nyberg, 91-83--174; Ben Wilder, 104-99--203; Deyton Henry, 102-94--196; Pat Martinez, 97-97--194.
Whitney Aschenbrenner, 90-84--174; Lincoln Horath, 83-101--184; Shaylee Cunningham, 93-93--186; Kendra Miller, 105-106--211.