LANDER – Entering the postseason on a high note, six Pinedale High School golfers earned the chance to compete at the State Golf Championships following the 3A West Conference Qualifier in Lander on Sept. 8-9.
Junior Brody Hamby and sophomore Elyn Bowers contended with a challenging course and stormy weather on the second day to break into the top 10 in their respective divisions and earn 3A West All-Conference honors.
Hamby took ninth place in boys’ varsity, grossing 171 strokes over two days with 85 on the first day and 86 on the second.
Bowers snagged ninth place in girls’ varsity with a cumulative score of 214, scoring 105 strokes in round one and 109 in the second round.
“Both Brody and Elyn have worked hard this year, so it is nice to see that hard work rewarded,” said Head Coach Luke Myszewski. “The Lander course was set up as hard as I have ever seen, so for those two to be able to manage some of those pin placements and not put up big numbers on those holes says a lot to me.”
Senior Blade Hibbert, sophomores Garrett Haley and Bill Hibbert and freshman Decker Normington performed well enough at the meet to qualify for State in Buffalo on Sept. 16-17.
Normington placed 40th in boys’ varsity at Conference with an overall score of 196. He improved from 102 on the first day to 94 the second.
Junior Josh Gosar finished in 42nd place, tallying 203 strokes – 99 on day one and 104 on day two. Haley took 48th place at 212 – 99 in the first round and 113 in the second.
Blade Hibbert came in 49th place at 213 – advancing from 107 on the first day to 106 on the second day. Scoring 213 strokes, junior Ryley Lea pulled into 50th place with 101 in the first round and 112 in the second.
Bill Hibbert completed the tournament grossing 221 – moving up on the leaderboard from 111 on day one to 110. Sophomore Alex Gosar placed 53rd at 225, posting 104 on day one and 121 on day two.
“I am happy with the individual results we had at the Conference Tournament,” said Myszewski. “Now we move on to the State Tournament where anything can happen.”