The 2020 Rock Springs Invite was just a one-day meet this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight teams from western Wyoming traveled to White Mountain Golf Course to compete.
The event was delayed for more than an hour and a half due to lightning in the area, and once play began, the golfers faced difficult conditions, with a constant 20-25 mph wind.
The boys’ team event was won by Riverton which shot 320. Next was Evanston at 336; third place was Jackson at 343; the home team, Rock Springs, shot 348; fifth place was Kemmerer at 360; Star Valley shot 380 for sixth place; Green River and Lyman tied at 407.
The Rangers were led by junior Nolin Antilla with a fine 85. Next was Blake Wood at 88; Wade Hendrickson shot a 92; followed by Carter Wood at 95. Rounding out the scoring for the Rangers was Tate Pollard at 102.
“This was a good meet for us,” coach Zem Hopkins said. “We played a very challenging golf course under very difficult conditions, and they performed very well. Nolin has been working to improve his game, and it payed off today. The boys had to grind out their scores in these very tough conditions and take what the course would give them. I was proud of their efforts all day.”
This week, the Rangers will travel to Green River for an event at the Rolling Green Country Club. This is a new venue for the team, and no one has played it before. This will test their ability to adjust and play a new environment, Hopkins said.