Friday, May 1, 2009

Playing in snow, Hailey boys win golf tourney

Champs at Wood River Invite, McCroskey the medalist


By EXPRESS STAFF

Wood River High School golfers have played in some pretty squirrelly spring weather in 2009, but Tuesday's brief snowstorm was the icing on the weird weather cake.

Golfers from six schools including Wood River tiptoed into The Valley Club, hoping against hope that it wouldn't snow. They were wrong. They started their 18-hole rounds at about 10 a.m. Tuesday and found they could hardly tell their balls from the snowflakes.

Despite the chill, rain and snow, 47 boys and girls persevered and finished their rounds in very wet playing conditions at the annual Wood River Invitational. Fortunately, the weather cleared a bit in the homestretch on The Valley Club's North and West courses.

And the Wood River boys stayed hot in the cool weather.

Junior Chance McCroskey earned medalist honors with a 75 and two other Wolverines cracked 80 as the Hailey boys won the team title with a four-golfer 18-hole combined score of 313—nine strokes ahead of Twin Falls (322) and 55 better than Minico of Rupert (368).

Tying for second place with 77s were Conner Lee and Derek Cook of Twin Falls. In fourth place was Wood River junior Crockett Stearns, 78, and fifth place out of 29 boys went to Wolverine sophomore Davis Hague with a 79. Jonathan Hobbs had an 81 and Danny Sundali 93 for Wood River.

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Rounding out the boys' team totals were Blackfoot, 396 for fourth place; Burley, 404 for fifth; and Jerome, 435 for sixth.

Among the 18 girls Tuesday, Twin Falls (355) and second-place Wood River (461) fielded the only complete teams. Medalist was Sara Federico of Twin Falls, 77. Taking fifth place was Wood River senior Aimee Evans with a 101.

Wood River's other scores were Jennie Williams' 109, Bailey Ireland's 122, Kelly Chapman's 129, and Karlie Jeneson's 131.

The state qualifying 4A conference meet for Districts 4/5 is Monday, May 4, at Juniper Hills Country Club in Pocatello. Last year, the Pocatello boys (299) earned their third consecutive Great Basin Conference title and Wood River also qualified for state with a third-place 326.

Wood River, with a young team last May, went on to win a State 4A trophy with a fourth-place finish—as Pocatello's boys won their second straight state title and fifth overall.




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