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Juniors compete at Powell Golf Club

Kortney McNeil scored a seven-stroke victory over Sydney Gunn to win the girls’ 15-18 division of a Junior PGA tournament hosted by the Powell Golf Club last week.

McNeil fired an 82 on the tournament’s first day to share the lead at the midway point with Samantha Walter. McNeil improved by four strokes on the tournament’s second day to pull away from the field.

Gunn, who began day two four strokes in back of the leaders, paired her opening-day 86 with a round of 81 to vault past Walter into second place. Walter was third with a two-day aggregate total of 171.

Mikala Fulton was the lone entrant in the girls’ 12-14 age division. She finished with a score of 202 to win there.

On the boys’ side, Powell’s Brian Morse, who is participating as one of five boys’ golfers at the Wyoming Coaches Association’s All-Star Week activities, held a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the tournament, but couldn’t keep up with the blistering day two pace of Cole Lorenz. Lorenz navigated the challenging Powell Golf Club layout for a 1-over round of 73 to run away from the field on the final 18 holes.

Lorenz finished with a two-day total of 153, seven strokes better than Morse, who managed an 81 on the second day. Dane Martinson was another stroke back, firing rounds of 84 and 77.

In the 12-14 age division, Payton Stott rallied from six shots back thanks to a final-day 72 and scored a one-stroke victory over Sean Benson. Benson had opened the tournament with a round of 70 and looked to be in command of the age group until Stott’s sizzling performance on the second day.

Stott finished with a two-day score of 148. Benson came in at 149 and Garrett Woodin blaced a distant third at 161.

Boys 12-14 — Payton Stott 148, Sean Benson 149, Garrett Woodin 161, Jeoy Moore 166, Kaiden Cavaveau 190, Logan Martin 192, Parker Jones 193.

Boys 15-18 — Cole Lorenz 153, Brian Morse 160, Dane Martinson 161, Parker Bradbury 162, Bowen Prestwich 166, Camden Cavaveau 168, Austin Walter 168, Nick Snyder 169, Tyler Ferguson 170, Dalton Kangas 172, Micah Nicholas 183, Braydon Dutton 185, Colton Hunt 187, Dylan Neutgens 195, Taylor Bestrom 215.

Girls 12-14 — Mikala Fulton 202.

Girls 15-18 — Kortney McNeil 160, Sydney Gunn 167, Samantha Walter 171, Emily Muhlbeier 239.

Thursday Follies

Only nine players took part in Thursday Follies on July 5, so players left the clubhouse in threesomes. The trio of Jerry Linsdau, Jan Bailey and Joe Bailey returned to claim bragging rights, as well as a pair of skins.

The day’s other two skins went to the trio of Ken Rochlitz, Karla Rochlitz and Kay Copenhaver.

Jerry Linsdau and Ken Rochlitz had the low men’s gross rounds with 83s. Jan Bailey’s 90 was the low gross for women. Joe Bailey’s 67 was the day’s low net score for the men while Kay Copenhaver claimed the title with a 71 among the women.

Jan Bailey birdied holes 7 and 9. Ken Rochlitz had the day’s only other birdie, getting home below par on hole 16.

The group grew to 12 golfers on July 12 as Ken Rochlitz, Jim Turk, Ron Lytle and Kay Copenhave won by three points ahead of the foursome of Jerry Linsdau, Karla Rochlitz, Joe Bailey and Joann Mundy.

Ken Rochlitz had the day’s only birdies, achieving the feat on hole 9 and hole hole 16.

All skins holes finished in a tie and the prizes pushed forward to the July 26 meeting. Jan Bailey, Karla Rochlitz and Kay Copenhaver all tied with net scores of 69 to share low honors for the women. Ken Rochlitz had a net score of 62 for the men’s low.

Low gross scores went to Ken Rochlitz with a 78 and Jan Bailey with a round of 90.

Good Ol’ Boys

The Good Ol’ Boys blindly drew nine hole numbers and used only team scores on those holes for their game of the week. That formula resulted in a tie as the foursome of Larry Hedderman, Bud Linton, Jim Turk and Ron Rickert could only match the 151 thrown on the board by the grouping of Bob Mason, Joe Bailey, Robert LaRoche and Ken Rochlitz.

Two strokes back in third place was the team of Jerry Scheafer, Ray Nelson, Dave Bonner and Lloyd Snyder.

Larry Hedderman fired the day’s low gross score of 77. Bob Damron had the day’s low net score with a 64. None of the scorecards that returned to the clubhouse were able to boast of a deuce.

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