EHS golf hosts Evanston Invitational tourney

Evanston High School golf head coach Jerry Carroll, far left, addresses his teams following the Evanston Invitational golf tournament on Aug. 22-23. Aryana Little and Jesse Lind, on the far right, led the Lady Red Devil and Red Devil golf teams, individually, with Little placing tied for second and Lind winning the boys’ side by 15 strokes. Neither team was able to capture a first-place finish. (HERALD PHOTO/Mark Madia)

EVANSTON — Evanston Red Devil and Lady Red Devil golf hosted the Evanston Invitational golf tournament on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22-23, at the Purple Sage Golf Course, with seven boys’ teams and four girls’ teams comprised of 71 golfers taking part. Neither EHS team was able to win the hometown tournament, as the Jackson girls and Star Valley boys prevailed. 

“Our teams don’t like to lose and especially on our home course,” EHS golf head coach Jerry Carroll told the Herald.

“We had kids who played quite well and others who didn’t perform as well as we expected,” Carroll said.

Red Devil junior Braxton Lind dominated the boys’ field to win by 15 strokes but his team finished 14 stokes back of first-place Star Valley. One stroke separated the two squads after Thursday’s first round, 346 to 347, but the Braves fired a 341 on Friday, while Evanston finished with a 354 total on day two of the tourney.

Team scores for the boys were as follows:

Star Valley         346-341  687

Evanston           347-354  701

Jackson             384-360  744 

Pinedale            369-381  750

Lyman               398-382  780

Kemmerer         393-396  789

Rock Springs    405-407  812

The girls’ teams scores stacked up this way:

Jackson              266-278   544

Rock Springs     307-295   602

Evanston            321-323   644 

Star Valley         348-323   671

Jackson’s Jacqueline Neishabouri shot consistently, turning in rounds of 86 and 85 for a girls’ best 171 total to win by ten strokes over teammate Sara White, Audrey Feagler of Rock Springs and Evanston’s Aryana Little — all of whom ended with 181 scores and tied for second place. Jackson’s Martha Olson was all alone in third place with a 192 total, followed by Pinedale’s Kodie Hammes, who finished in fourth place with a 196 two-day total. The top six girls had scores below 200.

Other scores were as follows:

Riley Howard of Star Valley —                206

Kaylen Woodruff of Lyman —                    207

Taylor Erickson of Star Valley —            208

Hanee Park of Rock Springs —                 215

Harley McPherson of Rock Springs —    216

Ashley Mohar of Rock Springs —           219

Glori Johnson of Rock Springs —            221

Rachel Buzarde of Evanston —                228

Isabella Johnson of Evanston —               235

Taylor Anderson of Star Valley —            257

Katie Hiatt of Evanston —                      DNF

The top five places on the boys’ side were all Evanston and Star Valley. Following Lind’s 152 was Star Valley’s Karsen Spaulding with a 167. Red Devil senior Mason Ellingford placed third with a 168 total. Star Valley’s Jake Johnson and Tyler Hodges rounded out the top five with scores of 171 and 172, respectively.

Other scores grouped by teams were:

Jackson Broncs

Ridge Kling —                                                    174

Mason Evans —                                                175

Ethan Holmes —                                              185

Justin Defualt —                                                188

Oliver Orchard —                                           189

Reece Morehouse —                                       197

Jake Coosaia —                                              201

Zach Wiley —                                                  DQ

Star Valley Braves

Preston Kilroy —                                             177

Caleb Madsen —                                             186

Blake Smith —                                                    190

Tanner Thomas —                                                 201

Brandon Edwards —                                       213

Lyman Eagles

Andrew Houskeeper —                                     179

Ben Rasmussen —                                         196

Stockton Walker —                                          201

Ashton Housekeeper —                                204

Cope Thomas —                                            253

Pinedale Wranglers

Mitch Pape —                                                182

Kolten Hansen —                                            183

Teagan Bowers —                                          183

Dominik Klingler —                                       202

Tristan Haley —                                              229

Kemmerer Rangers

Blake Wood —                                                 184

Ben Wergin —                                                 187

Shawn Crank —                                              212

Michael Clarke —                                            218

Nolan Antillia —                                             228

Trenton Skidmore —                                      229

Easton Coontryman —                                    240

Troy Pollard —                                                 262

Rock Springs Tigers

Sam Young —                                                    184

Christian Debernardi —                                  193

Kaled Killpack —                                            216

Julian Delgadillo-Lavato —                            219

Evanston Red Devils

Kyle Barker —                                                  185

Aiden Hansen —                                               196

Ty Blair —                                                         203

Kai Haukass —                                                  204

McKay Johnstone —                                         265

Braxton Young —                                              271

The top four individual rounds of 36 holes comprise the team scores for the boys teams.

Assistant coach Travis Robinette told younger members of the teams that they would accompany him to Kemmerer on Tuesday, Aug. 27, while the rest of the golfers would travel to Rock Springs with coach Carroll on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 29-30, for an invitational tournament.

The remaining schedule, subject to change, for Red Devil and Lady Red Devil golf for the fall of 2019 is as follows:

Aug. 27        at Kemmerer

Aug. 29-30   at Rock Springs

Sept. 3          at Star Valley

Sept. 5-6       at Riverton

Sept. 10        at Pinedale

Sept. 11-12   at Jackson

Sept. 20-21   at Gillette (state tournament)

Coach Carroll has termed this fall as a rebuilding year of sorts but still hopes to see marked improvement from his young teams in 2019.  Carroll believes if his teams stay together and play a lot of golf in the off season, that by next fall, both his teams should be among the top three teams in Class 4A golf and vying for a state title. This year’s girls’ team is comprised of all underclassmen and the boys’ team has just two seniors but the coach expects both to be in the mix by the fall of 2020.

 

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