Kemmerer golf team opens spring season at Worland

Kemmerer golfer Rayce Kindschuh putts at a tournament last season. The KHS spring golf team started their season at the Worland tournament on Thursday, April 12. (COURTESY PHOTO / Nancy Banister) 

Kemmerer High School’s 2018 spring golf season opened on Thursday, April 12,  in Worland, at the Green Hills Golf Course. Nearly 100 golfers from nine teams made the trip to play under dry, cool and windless conditions. This was the first tournament of the spring season and most teams were just emerging from the winter hibernation.

The boys’ team event was won by Lander and Sheridan with team totals of 336. Third was Cody at 360. Next was host Worland at 387. Fifth was Riverton with 398 and sixth went to Thermopolis at 404.

The Rangers finished seventh out of the nine teams with a score 412. Lovell and Powell also played in the tournament.

The Rangers were led by Ben Wergin’s 15th place finish with a score of 92. Next was Rayce Kindschuh and Ty Hysell scoring at an even 100 each. Brandon Bannister shot a 120. Shaun Crank came in with a 125 to round out the varsity scoring.

The Rangers also brought a J.V. squad to the tournament. Leading that group was Michael Clarke with 115. Next was Brandon Crank at 132. Rounding out the J.V. scoring was Easton Countryman at 140.

The Rangers were also allowed to bring a junior high player as we have done in the past. Kemmerer eighth-grader Blake Woods was able to play in his first tournament. He shot a very fine 110 in the junior high division, playing from the same tees as the high school players.

In the spring season the Rangers often field a girls’ team, and this year history has been made — a record seven girls are on the team working toward the Spring State Championships in Wright in mid-May.

This past week four girls made the trip to Worland. The girls team finished with a 339 total, which was fifth out of seven teams at the meet.

Leading the Ranger girls’ team was Linnea Ryman’s seventh place finish with a round of 104. Next for the Rangers was senior Jenna Krell at 116. Next was freshman Kinzee Painter’s 119. Rounding out the team was freshman Aspen Pollard at 149. This was the first tournament play for several newcomers to the team.

The Rangers will travel to Evanston  on Friday, April 20, for the next golf meett. Weather is the key issue for improvement during the spring, but so far southwest Wyoming has not been blessed with the weather for the golfers to make improvement.

I was pleased with the efforts of both the boys’ and the girls’ team. They performed very well considering the weather during the past weeks of practice. I am looking forward to improved conditions so that they can work on their games before the upcoming meets.