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State golf postponed due to weather; RHS a contender
Sep 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
After destroying the competition last weekend at the Class 4-A West conference golf tournament, the Riverton Wolverines are primed to pursue the state championship, but they will have to wait another week.
The Wyoming High School Activities Association announced that because of a the fall snowstorm, the Class 4-A state tournament in Rock Springs has been postponed from Friday and Saturday to next Monday and Tuesday.
Golfers have a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. both days in Rock Springs.
RHS golf coach Lars Flanagan doesn't believe the delay will have an effect on his squad.
"We are kind of in that routine of playing every Friday and Saturday," Flanagan said. "The weather will be much better because we don't have to play in the cold and wind."
The Wolverines won the conference title by 61 strokes. RHS finished in the top spot with a score of 611. Evanston was second (672).
"I was really pleased with how we played Thursday and Friday," Flanagan said. "I thought that the kids were sharp. I couldn't have asked for anything better."
Flanagan took his players to play at the White Mountain Golf Course in
Rock Springs last Saturday to get a practice round under their belts.
The par-72 course is measured at 7,062 yards. It opened for play in 1979.
"We are going to have to make some adjustments," Flanagan said.
"Around the greens is very hard. It's difficult to shoot at pins. That is just something that we are going to have to adjust to."
Three RHS freshmen, one junior and one senior make up the lineup for the 36-hole state tournament.
"State is always a little bit different," Flanagan said. "The pressure rises a little bit. That will be interesting."
Easton Paxton, Alec Richardson and Jayd Dion are the first-year players for the Wolverines.
Paxton placed second at the conference tournament. He won three tournaments during the regular season.
"We have stressed to the kids that they have to be mentally tough," Flanagan said. "Our kids recognize that. I think that will be a big attribute to us."
Dion was fourth, and Richardson came in seventh at the conference tournament.
Becker, a senior, and Quayle. a junior, both finished in the top 10 as well.
"They are comfortable with who they are going to be playing with," Flanagan said. "These guys have been around golf for awhile. They understand how to play tournaments."
Riverton's Kendra Miller was third at conference on the girls side. She will be the only girl competing at state for RHS.
"I think that Kendra is starting to understand how important the mental aspect of the game is," Flanagan said.
Flanagan is expecting the race for the individual crown to come down to Paxton, Green River's Nathan Green and Quintin Pope from Cheyenne East.
Green beat Paxton by eight strokes at the conference tournament.
Green had a two-day total of 137, while Paxton finished with a 145.
"That will be very exciting," Flanagan said.
In the team race, Riverton, Casper Kelly Walsh, Laramie, Cheyenne
Central and Cheyenne East all have talented golfers in the lineup.
"I feel like we have five teams that are competing for three positions," Flanagan said.
Kelly Walsh won the team title last year.
"I knew Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne East were going to be good," Flanagan said.
"Laramie and Cheyenne Central have come on strong in the last couple of weeks."