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Paxton's 63 at Green River is best round of year in Wyoming golf

Sep 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton Wolverines won 10 of their 12 matches in the Green River match-play tournament.

Easton Paxton fired a 63 on Friday for the Riverton Wolverines during a match-play tournament at the Green River Invitational golf tournament.

It's the lowest score of the season in Wyoming.

Paxton, a freshman, beat Nathan Green from Green River.

Green finished the round with a 67. The course in Green River is a par 71.

Green is the defending Class 4-A state champion.

"It was a really good match," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "Easton opened up with six 3s in a row for a 29 on the front. That was very impressive. The first round, Easton felt like he left a few out there. He hit the ball really well, but didn't putt as well as he would have liked."

Paxton put together a 72 in the first 18 holes.

Other teams in the field were Class 4-A West opponents Green River, Rock Springs and Evanston.

"I think they liked the format because everybody had a chance to win their flight," Flanagan said.

The RHS boys won 10 of 12 matches in the tournament.

"We flighted them and put them against the other players with the No. 1 players go against each other and so on," Flanagan said.

Flanagan said Chris Quayle stepped up his play with rounds of 81 and a 77.

"This is the third weekend in a row we have had somebody new perform really well," Flanagan said.

"Right now, every one of our top six golfers has at least one score in the 70s, and many of them more than one."

Good test ahead

The Wolverines close out the regular season Thursday in the two-day Sheridan Invitational. RHS will get an opportunity to play against the Class 4-A East schools.

"We will see all the teams from the other side of the state," Flanagan said.

Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Kelly Walsh join Riverton in the field.

Those are the top four teams in Class 4-A golf.

"That will be a very competitive tournament," Flanagan said.

Individually, Quintin Pope of Cheyenne East and Laramie's John Murdock IV are battling weekly for the top spot in the East.

The Class 4-A West tournament is Sept. 20-21 at the Riverton Country Club.

The state tournament is Sept. 27-28 in Rock Springs.

Riverton scores from Green River tournament

Easton Paxton, 72-63; Jayd Dion, 83-93; Chris Quayle, 81-77; Deyton Henry, 87-88; Jordan Yowell, 76-90; Jaden Nyberg, 89-88; Isaiah Valerio, 90-84; Kyle Phister, 94-91; Kylan Shultz, 94-94; Oakley Hackleman, 90-84; Alec Richardson, 81-85; Lars Becker, 77-76; Kendra Miller (girls) 115-105.

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