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Nirider one shot from state championship at 4-A golf in Casper

Sep 23, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton boys finished third as a team.

Aaron Nirider finished third Saturday at the Class 4-A state golf tournament, just one stroke away from the individual title.

Nirider, a senior, had scores of 74 and 73 for a 147 at Casper's Three Crowns Golf Course.

Green River's Nathan Green won the 4-A title in a one hole playoff to break a first-place tie.

Nirider has been the No. 1 golfer for the majority of the season for the Wolverines.

"This is a great ending for Aaron," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "He has been in numerous top 10 finishes."

Flanagan said with nine holes to go, Nirider was leading the 4-A state tournament.

"The other two kids in Aaron's group had a great back nine," Flanagan said. "Aaron had a a good back nine.

Nirider had a 33 on the front nine, 40 on the back side.

"He just really took care of business," Flanagan said.

The Wolverines finished third in the Class 4-A team standings.

Kelly Walsh won the title, and Cheyenne East finished second.

"Kelly Walsh is a very good golf team," Flanagan said. "I'm excited to be third in the state in Class 4-A.

This was a tough course. The tournament was all about course management and who could have the least train wrecks."

The Wolverines were sitting second in the team standings after the first day. RHS had a team score of 326.

Lars Becker put together rounds of 80 and 90 for his 170.

Preston Ward finished the state tournament with scores of 84 and 82 for a 166.

Jordan Yowell (88-97--185) and Ryan Axthelm (95-90--185) rounded out the RHS scores at state.

"Lars and Jordan really came through for us in the first day," Flanagan said.

Flanagan said Axthelm's score on the second day lifted RHS into third in the team standings.

"Ryan's 90 was kind a savior for us team-wise," Flanagan said.

Girls

Riverton's Whitney Aschenbrenner had the lowest girls scores at 93-100-193.

"For six weeks, Whitney almost improved every weekend," Flanagan said. "For her to shoot a 93 on the first day was a nice score on the course. She had a little trouble on the second day in the sand traps."

Lincoln Horath (109-100--209) and Kendra Miller (106-123--229) were the two other scores for the Wolverines.

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