Shawn Crank, Rayce Kindschuh, Blake Wood, Ben Wergin and Michael Clarke competed for the Rangers at the Fall 2018 state golf meet in Thermopolis. (COURTESY PHOTO / Zem Hopkins)
Kemmerer competed at the 2018 2A state golf championship last week at the Newcastle Country Club. Sixty boys and girls from all over Wyoming traveled to Newcastle to play under ideal weather conditions in the extreme northeast corner of Wyoming.
The team title was won by Thermopolis, who came from behind to win the title on the second day with a score of 802. The Kemmerer Rangers, who were the first-day leaders, finished the state tournament in second place with a score of 804.
Third place was Wright with 807. Fourth was Tongue River with 848, and fifth was Big Horn with 853. Sixth place went to Lovell with 865, Sundance earned 7th with 898, and rounding out the team event was Niobrara with a 965.
Individually, the Rangers were led by junior Ben Wergin’s seventh place finish with a 90-91–187. Senior Rayce Kindschuh scored a 96-98–194. Both Wergin and Kindschuh earned All-State honors with their scores.
Rayce Kindschuh and Ben Wergin earned All-State honors at the 2A state golf tournament in Newcastle last weekend. The Rangers golf team took second to Thermopolis. (COURTESY PHOTO / Zem Hopkins)
Freshman Blake Wood shot a 102-96–198 for a 12th-place finish in his first state meet. Junior Michael Clarke shot 113-112–225. Rounding out the team scoring was junior Shawn Crank with a 114-113–227.
This was a very heart-breaking finish for the boys. The Rangers had the lead after day one. They improved ten strokes the second day and looked to win the meet, but the Thermopolis team came through to edge out the Ranger boys by two strokes.
A close loss is hard to take because each boy could think of something they could have done to improve two strokes over the two days.
But the boys worked hard and were prepared for this meet. I am very proud of the boys for everything they did this year — they listened and worked hard to be ready. We have four boys returning for next year and we are very hopeful for our next season.
The team would like to thank the staff at the golf course for everything they did this year in helping the team during the season by having the course in great playing condition.
We will be looking forward to the spring season and another chance to compete.