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Paxton leads state golf after 18 holes; team second in 4-A

Oct 1, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Round one was played in high winds on the Rock Springs Course.

Riverton's Easton Paxton built a five-stroke advantage in the race for the individual crown on Monday at the first day of Class 4-A state high school golf tournament in Rock Springs.

The Wolverines were second in the team standings by one stroke with 18 holes left to play.

Casper Kelly Walsh had a team score of 366. RHS was second at 337.

"The conditions were really tough on Monday," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "It was really windy.

The wind affected them more on their putting."

Laramie was third (345), and Cheyenne East sits fourth (347).

As the final round opened Tuesday morning, Flanagan said the conditions were almost perfect.

"There are going to be some teams that can go low," Flanagan said.

"We need to have our players have solid rounds. Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne East are two solid teams. It's going to be a dogfight."

Individual scores

Paxton opened the state tournament scoring a 73 on the par-72 White Mountain Golf Course.

Laramie's John Murdock IV sits second after a 78. Nathan Green of Green River is third with a 79.

Paxton's teammate Jayd Dion is fourth, checking in at 81. Alec Richardson had a 91 and Chris Quayle scored a 92 to round out the scores for the Wolverines.

Class 4-A state golf results from first day at Rock Springs

Boys

Team standings

1. Kelly Walsh, 336; 2. Riverton, 337; 3. Laramie, 345; 4. Cheyenne East, 347; 5. Gillette, 350; 6. Evanston, 355; 6. Green River, 356; 7. Cheyenne Central, 365; 8. Sheridan, 371; 9. Rock Springs, 373; 10. Cheyenne South, 385; 11. Casper Natrona, 391.

Top 10

1. Easton Paxton, Riverton, 73; 2. John Murdock IV, Laramie, 78; 3. Nathan Green, Green River, 79; 4. Jayd Dion, Riverton, 81; 5. Quintin Pope, Cheyenne East, 82; 6. Ryan Klungness, Casper Kelly Walsh, 82; 7. Logan Harrison, Cheyenne East, 83; 8. Danny Davis, Gillette, 83; 9. Kolter Langdon, Gillette, 93; 10. Corban Hill, Kelly Walsh, 84.

Other Riverton scores

Easton Paxton, 73; Alec Richardson, 91; Jayd Dion, 81; Chris Quayle, 92.

Girls

Team standings

1. Kelly Walsh, 295; 2. Evanston, 302; 3. Casper Natrona, 306; 4. Laramie, 315; 5. Cheyenne Central, 318; 6. Cheyenne South, 323; 7, Gilllette, 324; 8. Cheyenne East, 337; 9. Rock Springs, 342.

Top 10

1. Kalle Lunsford, Evanston, 85; 2. Bailee Watt, Kelly Walsh, 90; 3. Caitlyn Skaydahl, Casper Natrona, 92; 4. Mariah Farden, Cheyenne East, 97; 5. Jacquie Perdue, Laramie, 97; 6. Katie Wilson, Gillette, 98; 7. Amanda Hinchey, Kelly Walsh, 99; 8. Kristin Day, Cheyenne South, 100; 9. Kayleigh Skolnick, Cheyenne Central, 103; 10. Kali Phillips, Cheyenne South, 104.

Riverton score

Kendra Miller, 115

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