By Breanne Thiel
While the first day of school may not be for another two weeks (the 22nd of August), the Powell High School golf teams have already begun their season with the first practice having been held on Monday and the first competition beginning tomorrow.
The first competition for the golf teams will be the Park County Shootout, where the golfers will compete in Cody tomorrow (Thursday) at the Olive Glenn Golf Course and in Powell on Friday at the Powell Golf Club. Tomorrows competiton is scheduled to begin at noon and start time is 8 a.m. on Friday
“This first tournament has a very large field and if we can get a couple players in the top 15 that would be a great accomplishment,” said head coach Troy Hildebrand adding that “as a team it should give a good starting point and show us some areas where we need to keep working to improve.”
Eleven teams are on the schedule to compete in Powell on Friday including five 4A school – Campbell County, Kelly Walsh, Natrona County, Sheridan and Thunder Basin.
The PHS golf teams have a total of 12 boys and three girls.
“I am excited about the experience that we have returning on the boys side,” said Hildebrand.
The Panthers will be led by three seniors – Reece Hackenberg, Rob Sessions and Bennett Walker – who Hildebrand said that “each have three or fours of varsity golf under their belt.”
Also on the team is junior Crandell Sanders and sophomore George Higgins.
“Sanders is entering his third season as a varsity player and continues to work very hard on his game,” said Hildebrand.
Of Higgins, Hildebrand said that he was newcomer last season “but he spent nearly every day of the summer at the course and has really improved.”
“We also have a mixed bag of somewhat experience players and newcomers to roundout the boys side,” said Hildebrand.
Those seven players are freshman Carson Cannon, junior Kason Cannon, sophomore Grant Jeide, sophomore Yogi Sullivan, sophomore Jacob Thiel, freshman Brandon Wentz and sophomore Taber Wilson.
The Lady Panther’s team consist of juniors Bailey Kennedy, Mycah Wainscott and Cat Wilson.
“[Wainscott] played varsity all year last year and had a great season earning all-conference honors,” said Hildebrand. “[Kennedy] and [Wilson] were able to get some tournament experience last spring and look to be steadily improving.
Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams will have two invitationals between the Park County Shootout and the conference match up.
Those two invites are on August 17th and 18th in Worland at the Green Hills Golf Course and on August 30th and 31st in Buffalo at the Buffalo Golf Club.
Conference is held in Star Valley on September 6th and 7th at the Valley View Golf Course. Start time on the 6th is scheduled for noon and to resume at 9 a.m. on the 7th.
Riverton will be the location of the 3A State Meet on the 14th and 15th of September with start times at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively at the Riverton Country Club.
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