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Wolverine golfers hope snow melts in time for Friday's invitational
Apr 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The spring snowstorm Monday and Tuesday has put the Riverton Invitational golf tournament in jeopardy after dumping a foot of snow on the golf course.
The 18-hole tournament is scheduled for Friday at the Riverton Country Club. Teams invited are Kelly Walsh, Green River, Evanston, Rock Springs, Casper Natrona, Star Valley, Lander Valley High School, Worland, Jackson and Kemmerer.
"I'm optimistic that we will have the tournament," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said.
Play starts at 10 a.m. Friday with a shotgun start.
"For a spring tournament, we have a nice little field," Flanagan said.
The field includes the Class 4-A returning state golf champion Nathan Green from Green River.
Green edged Kelly Walsh's Austin Hinchey in a playoff for the championship in September in Casper. Hinchey also is scheduled to play.
The Wolverines haven't been on the golf course all week because of the weather.
"We go over a lot of rules and we look at videotape of golf swings," Flanagan said. "We try to improve our short games."
Flanagan is working with 18 RHS golfers for the spring season.
"All of them are sophomores or freshmen," Flanagan said. "We have a number of kids who have played in the fall that are involved in track and soccer."
The RHS boys placed third in the team standings last fall at the Class 4-A state tournament.
"We really think that we can be competitive next year at the state level," Flanagan said. "Of the 17 boys, 14 of them have been with us for at least one year."
Sophomores Deyton Henry, Jaden Nyberg, Chris Quayle and Isaiah Valerio all have played at the varsity level.
"The whole focus is just getting them to be consistent," Flanagan said. "The more kids that we have that are shooting in the mid-80s, the better off we will be."
Riverton's freshman Kendra Miller is the lone girl in the field for the Wolverines.
"Our focus is getting all of our kids where they can compete on the varsity or junior varsity level," Flanagan said. "The more that we get, the better we will be in the fall."
Miller was on the varsity lineup last fall.
"I'm really excited about Kendra," Flanagan said. "If she continues to work and stay focused and not get to hard on herself, she will be nice high school golfer."
RHS sophomore Jordan Yowell played in the state tournament in September.
"He is the only kid that had state varsity experience," Flanagan said.
After the Riverton Invitational, the Wolverines will participate at the Green River tournament Thursday, April 18.
RHS heads to the Powell Invitational April 26.
The Lander Invitational will be on May 3.
The season ends May 10 at the Cody Invitational.
"We are going to get five competitive rounds in this spring," Flanagan said.