Fifty-eight prep golfers came to The Valley Club on Tuesday and posted some solid scores in their 18-hole tours of the north Hailey course.
The competition between six Great Basin Conference 4A teams and perennial State 5A contender Twin Falls was a steppingstone for next week's conference and district tournaments that will qualify the lowest scoring golfers and top teams for state tournaments May 14-15.
Randi Fischer of Twin Falls will certainly return to state in 10 days.
A four-year letterman for the Bruins, graduating senior Fischer was Tuesday's girls' medallist with a three-over-par 75 that put her seven strokes ahead of the next-best girl. Two-time state champion Fischer on April 26 signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division 1 women's golf next year for McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
Tuesday's Valley Club boys' medallist, also from Twin Falls High School, was Jordan Hamblin with a five-under-par 67—one stroke better than teammate Cory Cook (68) and three strokes ahead of yet another Bruins player, David Seppi (71).
No wonder that the Twin Falls boys won Tuesday's team championship, combining the lowest four scores of their five-player team, with a 284, 29 strokes ahead of second-place Pocatello (313) and 39 strokes ahead of third-place Burley (323).
Twin Falls (319) won the girls' title 61 strokes ahead of Century of Pocatello (380).
Wood River High School's boys' team had a good day, finishing fifth of seven schools with 330 points. Chance McCroskey led the way with a six-over-par 78 and Crockett Stearns shot 81. Other Wolverines were Jonathon Hobbs 84, Danny Sundali 87 and Brian Town 92.
The state-qualifying Great Basin Conference 4A meet is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 in Rupert.
Scores from Tuesday:
1—Twin Falls 284: Jordan Hamblin 67, Cory Cook 68, David Seppi 71, Conner Lee 78, Casey Faught 80.
2—Pocatello 313: Ryan Pearson 77, Brady Fay 78, Zach Spain 79, Jordan Allen 79, Sean Smiddy 81.
3—Burley 323: Caldon Adams 78, Jeff Jones 79, Pete Davis 80, Colton Pickup 86, Brian Mills 91.
4—Jerome 326: Jordan Roberts 77, Nathon Cook 80, Brandon Kinchevle 80, Jake Lammers 89, Sean Stableman 90.
5—Wood River 330: Chance McCroskey 78, Crockett Stearns 81, Jonathon Hobbs 84, Danny Sundali 87, Brian Town 92.
6—Century 331: Zach Newbold 76, Chris Leatham 82, Weston Dykman 85, Tyler Schulz 88, Colin Jones 90.
7—Minico 348: Philip Toolson 79, Daniel McClary 86, Byron Pinther 88, Mitch Snyder 95, Daniel Anderson 122.
1—Twin Falls 319: Randi Fischer 75, Abby McNeley 84, Sara Federico 84, Katie Paulson 93.
2—Century 380: Shelley Collins 85, Hannah Newhouse 88, Ashley Ray 91, Kayla Payne 116.
3—Jerome 391: Christina Paulos 82, Brittany Hiatt 92, Kabina Montgomery 107, Mandi Burns 110.
4—Burley 458: Breanna Pace 91, Shawna Pace 109, Ashley Peterson 125, Jessie Winmill 133.
Incomplete teams: Pocatello with Paige Farnsworth 90 and Emily Marshall 103; Minico with Ainslie Gillette 106 and Amanda Studer 108; Wood River with Carey Bloom 136.