SHERIDAN — Tied with Lusk after one round, the Lady Rams won their conference golf tournament by two strokes Friday.
Alex Eisele finished as the overall girls runner-up, shooting a 97-92—189 behind Lauren Hinkley of Lovell (93-91—184). The tournament combined two 2A regions for a conference tournament with four 1A schools joining in.
“It was great, we had a really short season, the weather didn’t hold very well through basically April,” girls head coach Mila Stender said of their stunted spring golf season. “The kids did good, when we had chances to get out and practice we did. When we didn’t, we worked on things in the gym and the library, tried to do things like visual imagery.”
Taylor Nance, 97-94—191, finished in a three-way tie for fourth, and Kaleigh Anderson, 100-100—200, was eighth.
“Jamie (Kitterman) had an awesome weekend, too, they all did,” Stender said. “You’ve just got to light a little fire with winning tournaments sometimes and have some success.
“So the girls are set going forward if they keep working on their individual games,” she added.
For the tournament host school Tongue River, the Eagles shaved 21 strokes off their Thursday score to move up into fourth place Friday.
“My goal was to have their best round of the season today, and I think they accomplished that,” TR head coach Pete Kilbride said. “Our goal from the beginning of the season was second at conference, and we fell just a little bit short. We spotted Moorcroft a little too much the first day and ended up four strokes short, but they had a great comeback effort.”
Wyatt Main led the Eagles with his 86-81—167, tied for fifth place overall. Eagles golfers all shot lower scores Friday than they had Thursday; Casey Caywood and Wyatt Schumacher shot 181 and 183 respectively for 15th and 16th place.
Thermopolis by far had the best two-day score with a 667. Tongue River finished with 743 behind Moorcroft’s 739.
“It felt great, we consider this our home course, and we hadn’t played 18 holes yet the entire season because we just couldn’t get on to practice,” Kilbride added. “The kids do know the course from years past, so that is an advantage. And the course was just in great shape.”
About 25 volunteers helped for a smooth event, while Kendrick shut down the course to the public two days, letting the approximately 90 golfers play two full days of golf.
Tongue River Athletic Director John Scott praised the players during the awards ceremony for their sportsmanship, helping everything go smoothly and end on time.
“That’s the one neat thing about golf is that kids really develop friendships walking the course together for five hours,” Kilbride said. “They get along so well with each other and the volunteers that help were just phenomenal.”
For the Lady Rams, the finish was an impressive one after winter lasted into April and they managed just six of their 11 scheduled events.
Eisele, Big Horn’s one senior, capped her career with an exclamation point.
“Alex had an outstanding weekend,” Stender said. “She’s a real competitor in everything she does. She works at the golf course, too, so this is one of those things, where I hope she keeps playing the game when she graduates, whether that’s going on and playing league, and maybe even thinks about playing in college. Because she could.”
Big Horn’s boys team had a good Friday as well, dropping 30 strokes off their Thursday mark.
“For the boys, they had a great day today, they struggled yesterday, but today they had a great day,” Stender said. “Jack missed all-conference by one stroke. Two or three of them in the 80s, that’s how they can golf.”
Roberts shot a two-day 92-95—187, trailing Nick McAdoo, 99-85—184, who finished 18th.
Brody Bard shot a 115 Thursday and came back with an 88 Friday for a 203. Ty LaMeres shot a 104 on his final day after opening with a 114.