By Breanne Thiel
The one day of rest between the back to back tournaments for the Powell High School golf teams proved fruitful as two individuals – Rob Sessions and Mycah Wainscott – placed in the top ten and had team finishes in fourth and fifth place for the the Panthers and Lady Panthers respectively.
“It is unusual for us to play on a Friday and Saturday and then turn around and play again Monday and Tuesday so this was a lot of tournament golf for our players but also a great opportunity to see a couple of new teams in Lyman, Jackson and Star Valley,” said head coach Troy Hildebrand.
On Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th the golf teams had played in Worland. The teams had Sunday, August 19th off to turn around and play in Lander on Monday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 21st.
Hildebrand also stated that the teams had the first top ten performances for the season with Rob Sessions tieing for 10th place shooting 85 on Monday and 86 on Tuesday and Mycah Wainscott tieing for fourth place shooting 89 on Monday and 101 on Tuesday.
The Lander Tournament was a seven team tournament.
Overall the Panthers finished fourth shooting 378 on Monday and 384 on Tuesday.
The Lady Panthers were fifth shooting 356 on Monday and 370 on Tuesday.
Both of the Lander boys and girls teams won the team titles. For the boys individual titles, Karsten Simmons of Worland and Jaren Calkins of Lander each shot 3 under for the two days and Simmons won in a playoff. Rachel Stoinski of Lander shot 82-79 to take the girls title.
Sessions shot 85 on Monday and 86 on Tuesday.
“Another solid week for [Sessions] with two rounds in the mid 80’s,” said Hildebrand who went continued with “he is very close to breaking through and putting up something in the 70’s for us in the next few weeks. I am extremely proud of how he has stayed focused and finished his rounds strong even when he has faced some adversity.”
Junior Crandell Sanders shot 87 on Monday and 90 on Tuesday.
“[Sanders] came back this week and played okay by his standards,” Hildebrand said. “He had two very different rounds that ended up nearly the same. Monday he putted very well to overcome not hitting the ball that well and Tuesday hit the ball much better but struggled on the greens. When he puts both of those pieces together in the next couple weeks he will be right back in the low 80’s for sure.”
George Higgins, a sophomore, shot 85 on Monday and 99 Tuesday.
Hildebrand said that Higgins “had a fantastic round Monday with a career best 85. Tuesday he had a couple of tough holes that caused him to be in the upper 90’s but overall he is learning each week and he does a great job of using that knowledge to improve his game for the next tournament.”
Sophomore Yogi Sullivan shot 121 on Monday and 110 on Tuesday.
“[Sullivan] had a tough Monday but came back Tuesday and played much better,” said Hildebrand. “His front 9 Tuesday was a 50 which is much more in line with what he is capable of posting. This week of practice before Buffalo will be a great chance for Yogi to iron out a few things in his game.”
Kason Cannon, a junior, shot 124 on Monday and 109 on Tuesday.
Hildebrand said that Cannon “had a real battle on Monday with his 124 but came back Tuesday to shoot a 109 which is more in line with how he has been playing this year. He is figuring out how to get around the course better each week and this practice time before Buffalo should benefit him as well.”
Wainscott, a junior, shot 89 on Monday and a 101 on Tuesday.
Hildebrand pointed out that Wainscott’s 89 on Monday is a career best while adding that “she hit the ball very well and really showed what she is capable of with that round. Tuesday’s 101 wasn’t a terrible round but [the] first 9 holes she just couldn’t get anything going. I was proud of how she came back and finished her second nine.”
Junior Cat Wilson shot 114 on Monday and a 130 on Tuesday.
“[Wilson] had a very good day Monday with a career best 114,” said Hildebrand. “That was a very good round for her and I know there is more improvement to come for her over the next few weeks. Tuesday her first two holes were very tough on her but she kept battling along and had a nice stretch in the middle of that round.”
Bailey Kennedy, a junior, shot 153 on Monday and a 149 on Tuesday.
“Kennedy’s 149 Tuesday is her best tournament round to date but overall she is just playing better all the time. She is limiting her big numbers on holes and just hitting the ball better. She has battled a little bit of a wrist injury and hopefully this stretch before Buffalo will give her time to get healthy,” Hildebrand said.
The PHS golf teams were off last weekend which has given them a total of six days of practice before they go to the Buffalo Invitational on Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st..
Hildebrand said that six days of practice “should benefit all of our players and gives us a chance to really work on a few individual areas with each of the players.”
The Buffalo Invite is the last competition before the conference match-up next weekend in Star Valley (September 6th and 7th).