LANDER – The Pinedale High School golf season came to a close at the 3A State Golf Meet hosted by Lander on Sept. 17-18. Six athletes represented Pinedale at State – sophomores Brody Hamby, Josh Gosar and Owen McMillen, freshmen Garrett Haley and Elyn Bowers and junior Blade Hibbert from Big Piney.
The Pinedale boys’ varsity squad placed 12th with an overall score of 811, beating Wheatland, Lyman and Rawlins.
Pinedale did not place as a team in girls’ varsity because Bowers was the only golfer entered in the division.
“At State, we had some ups and downs,” said head coach Luke Myszewski. “Every player had at least one decent round, which is something positive we can take away from the tournament.”
Hamby led the Wranglers on the varsity boys’ leaderboard, shooting a 170 after two days of competition. The sophomore placed 11th, just one stroke shy of the top 10.
“Brody shot an 86-84, which are two excellent scores for the Lander Golf Course,” said Myszewski. “Even though he came up just short, Brody should be proud of his tournament performance. He stayed mentally strong the whole meet and was consistent from start to finish. I think he performed the best he possibly could and that’s all any coach can ask of any player.”
Bowers tied for 28th in girls’ varsity, shooting a 235 after two rounds. She finished day one with 116 strokes and day two at 119 strokes.
McMillen tied for 50th place in boys’ varsity with a combined 208. He shot a 101 on Friday and a 107 Saturday.
Haley took 59th place at 214 strokes – a 101 in round one and a 113 in the second round.
Gosar came in 62nd place with a 219. He improved from a 115 on Friday to a 104 on Saturday.
Hibbert placed 67th, scoring a 232 overall. He shot in a 117 for the first round, moving up to a 115 in the second round.
Pinedale fielded a young team this year – primarily freshmen and sophomores. The Wrangler golfers gained valuable experience competing against older, more seasoned players and coach Myxzewski said he looks forward to seeing what the returning Wranglers will bring to the table in 2022.
“For half the players, this was their first State meet,” he added. “None of them are seniors, so I would expect them to be back and even better next year. It was a good season overall as every player improved. We just need to keep on that course from this year to the next and see how much better we can be.”