Sep 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBy Bruce Tippets
Four Riverton Wolverines carded scores in the 70s to help build a 10-stroke lead in the team standings after the first round Thursday at the Class 4-A West golf tournament at the Riverton Country Club.
The Wolverines were first after scoring a 228 team score to set the pace for the 36-hole tournament. The Riverton course is par 72.
RHS golfer Easton Paxton was second individually after collecting a 74 in the opening round.
Teammate Alec Richardson came in third in the individual standings with a 76. Jayd Dion finished his round after stringing together a 78.
Chris Quayle fired a 79 and LArs Becker an 81 to round out the RHS scores.
"I was really happy with our No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 men," RHS golf coach Lars Flanagan said. "The conditions were good on Thursday. All three of them have really worked hard to improve their game. This is just the result of the work they have put in."
Richardson knocked in five birdies on his way to the strong finish for the Wolverines.
"That is exceptional for a high school player," Flanagan said.
Golfers wrapped up conference play on Friday afternoon.
"We really talked to them about being smart golfers, and with four scores in the 70s they did that," Flanagan said. "Our No. 1 and No. 2 golfers need to play better. They can play better. I want them to feel positive about this tournament."
Green River is second with a score of 238 in the four-team field.
Evanston stands third (255) and Rock Springs is fourth (266).
"Green River and Evanston have improved during the regular season," Flanagan said.
Nathan Green of Green River sat in first after scoring a 70. Evanston's Brock Ehlers is fourth (77).
"Nathan is a very a good player," Flanagan said. "But I think that Easton has an opportunity. He has to take advantage of every opportunity."
Riverton's Kendra Miller is third in the individual standings at 106. She is the only girl playing for the Wolverines.
"Kendra had a nice little round going, expect for the last two or three holes," Flanagan said. "She has the opportunity to be a top-five player."
"Kendra is due for a breakout round," Flanagan said.
Evanston's Kalle Lunsford is second with an 84. Lyndzie Kroupa from Rock Springs is second (102).
Results from Class
4-A West conference
at Riverton Country Club
1. Riverton, 228; 2. Green River, 238; 3. Evanston, 255; 4. Rock Springs, 266.
1. Nathan Green, Green River, 70; 2. Easton Paxton, Riverton, 74; 3. Alec Richardson, Riverton, 76; 4. Brock Ehlers, Evanston, 77; 5. Jayd Dion, Riverton, 78.
Riverton varsity scores
Easton Paxton, 74, Lars Becker, 81; Jayd Dion, 78; Chris Quayle, 79.
Riverton junior varsity scores
Oakley Hackleman, 82; Jordan Yowell, 96; Isaiah Valerio, 101; Deyton Henry, 93; Jaden Nyberg, 84
1. Rock Springs, 318; 2. Evanston, 235; 3. Green River, 358.
1. Kalle Lunsford, Evanston, 84; 2. Lyndzie Kroupa, Rock Springs, 102; 3. Kendra Miller, Riverton, 106; 4. Sydney Mand, Green River, 112; 5. Makenzie Kroupa, Rock Springs, 102.
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