Friday, April 29, 2011

Wind, rain, sun and cold: Spring golf in Idaho

WRHS golfers in Idaho Falls, Twin

What's the quirky Idaho spring weather like? Just ask a southern Idaho prep golfer. They've sampled it all—wind, cold, rain, snow and, occasion-ally, a little welcome sunshine.

First, the bad weather:

Wood River High School golfers traveled to Idaho Falls last week for boys' and girls' tournaments held on separate days. Thursday's boys' meet had "lots of wind and chilly temperatures, but the guys hung in there and finished out," said coach Bill Petzke.

The Wolverine boys' scores at Sand Creek Golf Course were Tyler Spence 91, Cody Rich-mond 97, James Petzke 99, Zach Thomas 100 and Rickie Jeneson 102. Medalist was Shelley's Will Higham with 71 for 18 holes. Twin Falls won the meet with 299. Wood River had 388.

At the girls' Falls Classic April 19, Wood River's Jennie Williams carded her best ever competition score with an 86. Williams tied for seventh place, with Mandi Myers of Idaho Falls (75) the medalist.

Girls' coach Chet Olson said about Williams' round of 86 at Sage Lakes Golf Course, "She was very happy to say the least." Her teammates Alma Stosius (134) and Amanda Stel-ling (125) also finished their rounds during the meet that drew golfers from 16 teams.

On Monday, Wolverine boys battled lots of rain and some wind during the Dale Mowrer Invitational meet for golfers from 15 schools at Jerome Country Club. Medalist was Kyle Miley of Twin Falls, 68.

Wood River rounds were Walker Royston 91, Cody Richmond 94, Sage Sauerbrey 94, Zach Thomas 101 and Pablo Lopez 114. The team score was 380, for 13th place. Twin Falls' boys prevailed with 290.

And on Wednesday, the sun finally came out for the Canyon Ridge Invitational for 15 teams at Twin Falls Golf Club. Wood River's Davis Hague tied for fifth place in the medalist race with a 70—behind three Eagle boys topped by Mike Johnson and Tate Cowley with 67s.

Charlie Evans carded 92 and Doug King 92 as Wood River fielded an incomplete team. For the Wolverine girls, Jennie Williams had a 90, Amanda Stelling 116, Mary Petzke 127 and Alma Stosius 137.

Next: The Wood River Clas-sic Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at The Valley Club. Teams ex-pected for the meet are Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls, American Falls, Burley, Jerome and Minico of Rupert.

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