Golfers round out season at State Tournament

1st choice State Golf team photo cutline: Courtesy photo Six athletes on the Pinedale High School golf team competed at the 3A State Golf Championships in Buffalo. Pictured in front, from left, are Head Coach Luke Myszewski, Decker Normington, Blade Hibbert, Elyn Bowers and Assistant Coach Brady Schaefer. Pictured in back, from left, are Garrett Haley, Brody Hamby and Bill Hibbert.

BUFFALO – Storm clouds gathered as golfers teed off at the 3A State Golf Championships in Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 16. Athletes sat out delays caused by lightning as they mentally prepared for the first day of stiff competition against top contenders in the sport from across Wyoming.

The Pinedale High School golf team gritted out the less-than-desirable weather and hit the greens with renewed determination as skies cleared for the second round on Saturday, Sept. 17.

“Our players put in respectable performances and on the second day, they really stepped up and improved each of their scores,” said Head Coach Luke Myszewski. “In the end, that helped propel (boys’ varsity) past Green River, which is a team we had not beat at any tournament prior to State.”

The Pinedale boys’ varsity squad also pulled ahead of Lyman to snag 12th place overall, a “positive takeaway” at a “tough State Tournament,” said Myszewski.

Sophomore Elyn Bowers played as the lone golfer in girls’ varsity and Pinedale did not place as a team in the girls’ division.

Bowers finished both rounds in 13th place overall out of a field of 46 golfers, grossing 206 strokes. She completed the first day with 100 and posted 106 the second day.

Junior Brody Hamby led the Wranglers in boys’ varsity, earning 15th place with a total score of 167. He tallied 80 strokes in the first round and 87 in the second.

“Both Brody and Elyn put in fine performances at the State Tournament, but they both ended up three strokes out of the top 10,” said Myszewski. “I am proud of both of them and everyone should know that they each put in a solid season worth of work and effort.”

Freshman Decker Normington placed 49th in boys’ varsity with a cumulative score of 195. He moved up on the leaderboard from 101 on the first day to 94 on the second day.

Sophomore Bill Hibbert came in 54th place, totaling 200 strokes after two days. He improved from 101 in the first round to 99 in the second.

Garrett Haley, also a sophomore, advanced from 107 on day one to 96 on day two for 203 strokes overall and a 59th-place finish.

Senior Blade Hibbert placed 69th with a score of 219. He shaved 17 points from his first-round score of 118 to finish with 101 on the second day.