State golf played Friday and Saturday for 3A while the other two divisions played on Monday and Tuesday.
3A golfed at the Buffalo Golf Club. While 2A and 4A golf were moved back to Monday, 3A was shortened to a one day, 18 hole event on Saturday. Carson Walker of Star Valley picked a good day to play his best golf of the fall and won the boy’s event with a 70. He finished fifth overall a year ago. Cody’s Sydney Gunn shot an 80 to win the girl’s title. She finished 2nd last year. Team wise, the Lander boys won their first title since 2007 they held off jackson by 2 strokes. The Buffalo girls won their first title since 2006 as they won by 14 strokes.
4A played in a strong wind on Monday, then a great day on Tuesday. Riverton Freshman Easton Paxton had a five stroke lead after day one. He then ran away from the field winning the event by 11 strokes. East’s Quintin Pope was second. The RHS boys held off the East Thunderbirds by a single stroke to win their first ever Boys Golf State Championship. In the girl’s division, Kalle Lunsford of Evanston won by six strokes. There was a tie between the two Casper schools for the team title. The Natrona girls beat the Kelly girls on the first hole of their team playoff to be State Champions.
2A is at the Devils Tower Course near Sundance. Lusk’s Denton Shaw has been 2nd the last two years. He is considered the favorite as he plays on a course that is familiar to him. Speaking of familiar, Sundance’s Kacie O’Connor is a favorite on the girl’s side. She was sixth as a Freshman, third as a Sophomore, was the 2A runner up last year and now a favorite to win as a Senior. The Lusk girls won the title handily last year as did the Thermopolis boys. The Lusk boys have won 3 of the last six titles. The title for the Lusk girls last year broke up a series of three straight by Newcastle.