LANDER – Teeing off for the final competition of the regular season, the Pinedale High School varsity golf team finished strong at the Terry Berg Invitational in Lander on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1-2.
The Pinedale boys’ varsity team took fifth place overall with 735 strokes, beating Lyman and Natrona County. With only a single contestant in girls’ varsity, Pinedale did not place in the division as a team.
Junior Brody Hamby achieved second place in boys’ varsity, grossing 155 strokes over two days. He finished the first round at the top of the leaderboard with 74, the best score posted at the competition and just 3 over par.
Sophomore Elyn Bowers, once again Pinedale’s sole golfer in girls’ varsity, snagged sixth place with a cumulative two-day score of 206. Demonstrating a consistent swing, Bowers shot 102 in the first round and 104 in the second round.
“The Lander Tournament was a good one for the golf team,” said Head Coach Luke Myszewski. “We probably performed the best we have all season. Brody had a season-low, two-day score, which earned him second place. Elyn put together two good rounds and placed sixth. Another individual who had a good tournament was Decker Normington, who scored his lowest two rounds of the season. Our golfers learned a lot playing the Lander course and positioning off the tee is crucial to success there.”
Normington, a freshman, finished the invitational in 16th place with a total score of 180. Improving from 92 on the first day, he tallied 88 strokes on the second day.
Junior Ryley Lea played a steady game with 97 in the first round and 95 in the second, grossing 192 strokes and placing 25th.
Big Piney senior Blade Hibbert came in 29th place with a total score of 198. He moved up from 100 strokes on the first day to 98 the second day.
Sophomore Garrett Haley and junior Josh Gosar both finished the weekend with cumulative scores of 207 to tie for 35th place. Haley scored 102 in the first round and 105 in the second. Gosar shot 97 the first day and 110 the second.
Advancing from 108 on day one to 100 on day two, Big Piney sophomore Bill Hibbert placed 38th with an overall score of 208.
Ashton Bennett, also a Big Piney sophomore, took 43rd place with 222 strokes – 115 in the first round and 107 in the second.
Senior Braiden Carter showed significant movement on the leaderboard from 123 in the first round to 100 in the second to place 44th at 223 strokes.
The high school golf postseason commences with the 3A West Conference Tournament in Lander on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8-9. Coach Myszewski hopes to use the team’s experience on the Lander Golf Course the previous week as an advantage.
“We are focusing on ball placement off the tee in preparation for the Conference Tournament as it is back in Lander,” said Coach Myszewski.