Friday, April 27, 2012

Hot day for prep golf in Twin Falls

Wolverine golfers shoot in the 80s

Jennie Williams, 18, daughter of Bob and Lori Williams of Ketchum, suffered an allergic reaction to nuts Tuesday during her Canyon Ridge Invitational round in Twin Falls, but took some Benadryl and managed to finish her round with an 85 including an eagle and birdie on the back nine. Courtesy photo

It was a hot day for golf, judging by the tennis skirts that the Wood River High School girls' golf team borrowed from the school's tennis players for Tuesday's Canyon Ridge Invitational at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls.

Wood River girls' coach Chet Olson said, "With rising temperatures, the girls were prepared with attire from the tennis team. It was a turnaround tournament for us." The Wolverines finished in sixth place of 12 girls' teams Tuesday.

Olson added, "Many of our girls have dropped 20 strokes or more off their scores since our first tournaments in March. Six girls were able to swing away down at Canyon Springs. Now we're the frontrunner for second place in our district."

It was also a day when the nuts in an opposing player's trail mix snack caused some consternation for the Wolverine girls' team. Fortunately, senior Jennie Williams was able to overcome her allergies that caused some problems for her during tournament play.

Williams, Wood River's No. 1 girls' player since she was a freshman and a two-time state golf qualifier, was playing with the best Twin Falls golfer, Sydney Lee. During the front nine, Lee ate some of her trail mix and Williams, who is allergic to nuts, caught a whiff of it. At once, it affected her physically.

Olson said, "Jennie had an allergic reaction to the trail mix but took a bunch of Benadryl and finished the back nine. Not only that, she had an eagle on the par-5 13th hole followed by a birdie on the par-5 14th. She finished with an 85. What a great kid—and what a great day for girls' golf we had!"

Williams hadn't informed Lee of Twin Falls about her allergy beforehand, so Lee's use of the trail mix was inadvertent—but it still caused some jokes between the two friendly rivals after Williams finished. Lee finished with a 79 for fourth place among the girls. Williams, who has verbally committed to play golf next year at North Idaho College, had her best round yet at 85.

Other Wolverine 18-hole scores were Hannah Haupt 112, Bella Stimac 114, Alma Stosius 118, Sammy Sutton 120 and Janie Heather 157.

Meanwhile, coach Bill Petzke's Wolverine boys showed progress in a very competitive field of 22 schools. The medalist was Boise High School's Kyle Mitsunaga, 65.

Petzke said, "The weather was fantastic and the scores are dropping. The team is really appreciative of the opportunity to practice at both The Valley Club and Bigwood Golf Course. Our Wood River Invitational is Tuesday, May 1 at The Valley Club and the guys will be busy getting ready for it."

Wood River's scores in their Canyon Ridge Invitational 18-hole rounds at Twin Falls Golf Club were Tyler Spence 81, Sage Sauerbrey 84, Rickie Jeneson 88, Martin Gottlander 93 and Lane Coulthard 95.

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