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August 25, 2008 12:57 pm

Golf team off to better start

Written by Tribune Staff

Finish 10th in Riverton
The Powell High School boy's golf team is already off to a stronger start than last year.
At last week's season-opening Riverton Invitational, the Panthers shaved 89 shots from their score at the same tournament a year ago.
PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand said his team was “right in the mix among 3A teams” at the Thursday-Friday event.
The Panthers took 10th in the 13-team field with an 822 mark.
Their total score was only was only about three dozen shots away from fifth. They also cut 34 shots from day one to day two, going from 428 to 394.
“The first day (Thursday) our scores were slightly higher than we had hoped, but still a very solid start,” Hildebrand said. “I felt like the guys settled down nicely on Friday and shot the type of scores we were hoping for on a tough course.”
The hosting Riverton Wolverines won their own tourney with a two-day total of 637. The Evanston Red Devils took second with a 646 score.
Individually, junior Bryan Borcher shot an 88 the first day and followed it up with an 84. Hildebrand called it a “very nice start” to his season.
“This was Bryan's third year at the Riverton tournament, and he has shown great improvement each time,” the coach said.
Zane Bushnell shot a 97 the first day, then came back and shot an 88 the next.
“Zane has put a lot of time and work into his game since last fall, and it showed this weekend — especially on Friday,” Hildebrand said.
Colt Nix shot 97-89 in the Riverton tourney — last year, Nix shot over 100 both days.
“His 25-stroke improvement is a great sign for us at this point in the year,” Hildebrand said.
Freshman Brian Morse “proved that he will be a solid contributor,” Hildebrand said. Morse posted scores of 97-93 in his first-ever varsity tournament.
Junior AJ Anderson came into the clubhouse with the two best rounds of his high school career, shooting 99-101.
“It was nice to see his work this summer pay off right away,” said Hildebrand.
In the junior varsity division, freshman Brady Schaefer took 15th place individually, shooting 105-98.
“Brady certainly showed that he will be a contender for a varsity spot all year,” he said.
The Panthers will travel to Worland this Thursday and Friday for the Worland Invitational. That event has a scheduled noon start time Thursday.
Friday's action is slated to begin at 9 a.m.
Hildebrand said Worland's golf course is similar to Powell's and he hopes that will translate to good results.