THERMOPOLIS — The first meet of the 2017 spring golf season started Friday, April 14, at the airport golf course in Thermopolis. Four teams from western Wyoming made the journey for the event. Forty boys and girls were able to play in sunny but cool conditions. The course was in good early-spring condition, and the teams were able to compete for the first time this year.
The team event was won by host Thermopolis; Lander took second and Kemmerer finished in third place. Cody was also at the meet, but because of spring break did not have a full boys or girls team.
Individually, Hudson Rollings of Thermopolis shot an excellent 5-under par 65 on the par 70 course. Kemmerer golfers were led by sophomore Rayce Kindschuh, shooting a 93. Next was junior Ty Hysell at 99 and junior Corbin Ourada, who shot a 103. Freshman Ben Wergin continued his fine play from last fall, scoring a 105, and senior Curtis Ferrarini finished at 108.
Three boys from the junior varsity team made the trip to Thermopolis. Brandon Banister shot a 111, and junior Brandon Cranks finished at 131. Rounding out the team was freshman Shawn Crank at 139.
One Lady Ranger made the trip; Aubree Burris shot a 126.
“This was the first chance for the team to play this spring,” coach Zem Hopkins said. “The Kemmerer course is still not completely open because of weather conditions at the course, so this was the first time the team got in a round of golf. I was pleased with the scores this early in the year. I believe we will play better this coming week with this round under our belt.”
The boys and girls have been at the local course this past week, working on the range and playing the course from temporary tees and putting on temporary greens. Twelve boys and five girls are on the team.
Golfers have been working hard to retune their golf muscles and get a feel for the spring season. As the weather warms up and the course dries out, scores are expected to improve.
The golf team has two meets scheduled this week — they competed Wednesday in Rock Springs and will be in Pinedale on Friday. Most of the golfers will be able to compete at one or both of the courses.