The 2019 spring golf season kicked off this past weekend with the first meet at the Green Hills Course in Worland. Thirteen teams for northern and western Wyoming brought over 130 golfers to this one-day event.
The weather could not have been better for the golfers, with blue skies, windless conditions and temps in the upper 60s — it was just a great spring day for the golfers.
The team event was won by the teams from Sheridan and Lander with a 344 team score. Next was Worland with a 361 total. Fourth went to Thunder Basin out of Gillette at 366. Fifth was 2A State Champion Thermopolis at 375. Next was the Kemmerer team at 407. Following the Rangers were Buffalo, Powell, Tongue River and Riverton.
The Kemmerer varsity boys were led by Ben Wergin with a 90. Next was Blake Wood at 92. Senior Rayce Kindschuh fired a 107. Shawn Crank shot a 118, and Junior Michael Clarke fired a 126. Three J.V. boys also made the trip; Hayes Merck shot a 110, next was Nolin Anti Ilia at 126, and rounding out the J.V. scoring was Easton Countryman at 147.
One junior high golfer also traveled to Worland for his first tournament. Carter Wood fired a fine score of 100, playing the same course and tees at the high school golfers.
The boys had a great first outing, considering that the only practice they have been able to have was putting in the high school library and chipping on the Burgoon grass. Ben finishing 13th and Blake 15th out of this large field so early in the season was a great start.
The other boys have been working over the winter to get stronger and to make some swing changes, and they need work on a full-shot range to see their improvement and to work out sone issues. Overall, I was very pleased with everyone’s effort and results. We are looking forward to our next meet at Riverton this week, weather permitting.