Friday, April 13, 2012

High school golfers spread out for tourneys

Weather and prospects improve

With the spring weather improving, Wood River Valley prep golfers got their clubs out and played in three competitions this past week.

Wood River High boys traveled to Pocatello's Highland Golf Course on Tuesday for the 25-team Gate City Invitational won by the powerful Twin Falls Bruins with 292 strokes (4-over-par) to 305 (17-over-par) over the Shelley Russets.

Golf meet team scores are tabulated by adding together the low four 18-hole scores of a team's five competing players. Wood River ended up with 389.

Wolverines were sophomore Tyler Spence 86, freshman Riley Neel 95, sophomore Lane Coulthard 103 and foreign exchange Martin Gottlander 105.

Coach Bill Petzke said, "We are close to being competitive which is a great thing since we're not practicing locally like the rest of the teams we compete against. Looks like we can start practicing at The Valley Club next week so our scores should be trending down."

Tuesday's medalist was Kyle Miley of Twin Falls with a 3-under-par 69.

At Monday's Buhl Invitational for girls, Wood River's Jenny Williams shot a 91 and Samantha Sutton 133.

Community School golfers coached by Greg Fairfield got off the mark Tuesday at Canyon Springs in Twin Falls.

Corey Whitman carded a 91 and Brett Cherry 103, while Hannah Robideaux had a 69 for her nine-hole tour. Fairfield said, "The kids did great considering they hadn't hit off the grass until last Friday."

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