Rangers fifth at Evanston Invitational

The Kemmerer High School boys’ golf team finished fifth over the weekend at the Evanston Invitational. Pictured, from left, are Mason Riding, Ciris Kominsky, Eric Wiswell, Carter Wood, Tate Pollard, Austin Christen, Hunter Burnett, Connor Dietrich. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The Kemmerer High School boys’ golf team had a solid weekend on the road, placing fifth at the Evanston Invitational, held Thursday and Friday at Purple Sage Golf Course.

Host Evanston won the team title with a 648, followed by Star Valley in second (670) and Rock Springs in third (672). Green River was fourth in the seven-team field with a score of 716, while Kemmerer rounded out the Top 5 with a 726.

“Overall, I thought it was a solid two days for us,” said KHS head coach Jonathan Willoughby. “Our No. 1 and No. 2 put together consistent rounds, both shooting in the 80s; so proud of their effort. As far as the course, we knew going in that Purple Sage was going to be a tough course, with each hole offering its challenges. That’s why having the scores we had makes it a great accomplishment.”

Carter Wood continued his solid play, placing seventh overall, with a two-day total of 164. Austin Christen carded an 84 on Thursday, then followed that with an 87 Friday to finish at 171, good enough for 13th place.

“Carter Wood and Austin Christen were our top performers,” Willoughby said. “Both golfers shot in the 80s on Thursday and Friday which was the goal.”

Tate Pollard (98-98-196), Eric Wiswell (96-101-197) and Connor Dietrich (107-99-206) rounded out the Rangers’ varsity contingent.

“Having the top part of our team shoot great scores and be consistent is great to see,” Willoughby said. “We need to work on some things in the middle/bottom of our team, but we have the strategies in place to help them get where they need to be. Once that happens, we’ll be extremely competitive.”

The Rangers are gearing up for the final week of the regular season, with the JV squad in Afton on Tuesday, and the varsity at Lander Thursday and Friday.