Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Boys bring home trophy from Sand Creek

WRHS golfers on top in Idaho Falls

Winning Wolverine golfers, from left, Rex Nilsen, Davis Hague, Chance McCroskey, Jonathan Hobbs and Crockett Stearns. Courtesy photo by Bill Petzke

Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls turned out to be a productive stop for the Wood River High School boys' golf team on a windy Thursday.

Wood River's boys brought home the first-place trophy from the 18-hole meet, beating second-place Shelley by 10 strokes when the scores of the team's top four golfers were tabulated—low score winning.

The Wolverines had 297 points, Shelley 207, Rigby 317, Century of Pocatello 323 and Preston 339. In all there were 11 boys' teams and 51 golfers. And the race for boys' medalist turned into a real horse race.

Wood River had two of four golfers tying for first place with rounds of 72. They were juniors Crockett Stearns and Jonathan Hobbs. Shelley's Tommy Higham also had 72. But winning the four-golfer playoff was Pocatello's Ryan Pearson, whose fourth-place finish led Pocatello to the State 4A team title last May at Jerome.

Four of the five Wood River golfers broke 80 Thursday. Others were junior Chance McCroskey 76 and sophomore Davis Hague 77. Senior Rex Nilsen came home with a 90.

"The boys did well yesterday," said Wood River coach Bill Petzke on Friday.

The Wolverine girls (486 points) placed seventh out of eight schools at Sand Creek, with Jennie Williams 112, Kelly Chapman 122, Kylee Richmond 125 and Ali Town 127. Hillcrest (354) and Shelley (390) were the top teams in Thursday's field.

Girls' medalist was Olivia Weber of Hillcrest with a 78.

Wood River hosts its annual invitational meet for girls and boys Tuesday, April 28 starting at 10 a.m. at The Valley Club, Hailey. Golfers are due from Twin Falls High, Burley, Jerome, Minico and Blackfoot.

The state qualifying 4A conference meet for Districts 4/5 is Monday, May 4 at Juniper Hills Country Club in Pocatello.

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