Kemmerer golf team fourth at Thermopolis, hosting Invite Friday

The Kemmerer Rangers’ spring golf team competed at the Thermopolis golf course on Thursday, April 18. For Kemmerer, five boys, one girl, and a junior high golfer made the trip to Thermopolis.

The Rangers competed against 60 golfers under ideal conditions at the nine-hole Thermopolis venue. This was the best golf day of the season so far, and the Rangers had the chance to play a full round.

Lander won the team event with a fine 305 number over the par 70 layout.

The Rangers finished fourth out of the five full teams that competed, with a 386 team total.

The boys were led by freshman Blake Wood’s 10th place finish with an 87. Next was Rayce Kindschuh at 92. Juniors Shawn Crank and Michael Clarke came in at 103 and 104. Rounding out the boys’ team was Trenton Skidmore at 115.

In the girls’ portion of the meet one Ranger golfer made the trip — freshman Olivia Nielson. Olivia fired a 97 in her first competition for the Rangers to tie for second among the 3A and 4A girls at the meet. Next was junior high golfer Carter Wood, who fired a fine 91 playing the same course as the varsity boys. Carter tied for 3rd among that division.

This was a great outing by the team. We were playing a course against teams that have been practicing on their courses for over two weeks. The Rangers are just now getting to have access to the local course because of tough weather conditions. I was very proud of how Olivia played and her ability to compete with the top girls in this event. She shows a lot of maturity for a freshman. Blake again finished in the top ten, and although he was not hitting the ball as well as he wanted was able to bring in a competitive score. Junior high golfer Carter Wood showed great promise again and played very well.

The boys and girls have been working hard under less than ideal conditions to get ready for the season. I am pleased with how the entire team is working.

This week the Rangers will be hosting the next stop on the spring golf schedule in Kemmerer on Saturday, April 27. We are looking forward to playing at home and having everyone get a chance to play.