Friday, May 18, 2007

Pocatello wins state 4A golf tournament

Young Wood River team looks forward to next year

Express Staff Writer

Wood River High School's Great Basin Conference rivals Pocatello and Century took first and second places respectively at the state 4A golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at the University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow.

Wood River finished 10th, but Wolverine coach Bill Petzke was pleased with his team's performance anyway.

"They had a lot of fun and I think they were happy with how they scored for the most part," Petzke said Thursday.

"The course was long and tough and our kids played pretty well for being such a young team—it was a learning experience for the future."

Wood River's team, which placed second at the Great Basin Conference meet last week in Rupert, is comprised of four freshmen—Chance McCroskey, Crocket Stearns, Jonathon Hobbs and Danny Sundali—and junior Brian Town.

Petzke said he's looking forward to next year on the prep competition links.

"Everybody's back, everybody has experience and they're motivated to do better," Petzke said. "And that bodes well for the future.

Petzke said he expected Pocatello to win the tournament, but he was surprised by the strong play of Century.

"Century played out of their minds, and we beat them twice this year," he said. "It was a hilly course, more in line with what they're used to in Pocatello and it fit more with their strengths."

Pocatello recorded a combined score of 621 for top honors. Century golfers shot a total 641 for second. Third place went to Middleton with 648 and fourth to Moscow with 652.

Rigby golfers shot a combined 674 for fifth place and Skyline scored 678 for sixth. Seventh went to Sandpoint with 682, eighth to Emmett with 687, ninth to Blackfoot with 689 and tenth to Wood River with 694.

Moscow golfer Chris Williams shot 71 and a 66 to win top honors with a two-day combined score of 137.

McCroskey led Wood River with daily scores of 85 and 83 and a total of 168.

Other Wolverine golfers scored as follows: Town, 89-88; Sundali 85-86; Hobbs, 95-89; and Stearns 89-93.

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