Golfers turn up the heat on the greens

Courtesy photo Junior Brody Hamby, fourth from right, earned fourth place at the Evanston Invitational, finishing the tournament with a personal best score of 158.

EVANSTON – The Pinedale High School golf team powered through the Evanston Invitational at Purple Sage Golf Course on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25-26, demonstrating marked improvement with only one week remaining before the postseason.

Junior Brody Hamby broke into the top 10. scoring a cumulative personal best for the season of 158 and capturing fourth place on the leaderboard. Hamby achieved an 81 on the first day of competition and shaved off several strokes on day two with a score of 77.

Hamby’s score on Friday was five strokes above par for the Purple Sage Golf Course.

Pinedale fielded five players in boys’ varsity and placed fifth as a team, tallying 737 and beating Lyman by six strokes.

Sophomore Elyn Bowers found herself the lone representative from Pinedale in the girls’ varsity division with a total score of 216. Bowers shot 120 on the first day and made a significant advancement on the leaderboard with a personal best of 96 on the second day.

With only one player, Pinedale did not place as a team in the girls’ varsity competition.

Head Coach Luke Myszewski described the action at Evanston as “a good tournament for team” overall.

“Most golfers learned the ins and outs of the course on day one and played much better on day two,” he said. “We saw Brody Hamby shoot 81-77 for his season low score, which earned him fourth-place honors. Elyn Bowers also had a nice turnaround on the second day and shot her season best of 96. As we approach the end of the season, our golfers are becoming more consistent and are doing a much better job managing the courses they play.”

Sophomore Bill Hibbert finished both days with a score of 194. In a show of consistency, he scored 96 in the first round and 98 in the second.

Freshman Decker Normington also grossed 194 overall. He moved up from 100 on the first day to 94 on day two.

Improving from 104 in the first round to 93 in the second, sophomore Garrett Haley totaled 197 strokes.

Senior Blade Hibbert rounded out the boys’ varsity squad with a cumulative score of 203 – 98 on day one and 105 on day two.

Golfers compete at the Riverton Invitational on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1-2, followed by Conference in Lander on Sept. 8-9.

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