A better day for golf couldn’t have been ordered for the final round of the Laramie Invitational at the University of Wyoming Jacoby Golf Course.
The Laramie High School teams made the most of the sunny and mid-70s weather for the final tune-up before the Wyoming Class 4A State Golf Tournament on tap for Sept. 14-15 in Cheyenne.
Three Lady Plainsmen dropped strokes from Thursday’s first round to move into second place with 599 team strokes. Two of them — sophomore Camryn Nagy and senior Kenzie Yeend — placed in the top five.
Nagy shot a round of 87 on Friday, which was 14 strokes better than her first round. That moved her into third place with a 188 total strokes.
Yeend was steady both days with a 99 in the first round and then coming in five strokes better with a 94 on Friday to finish in a tie for fourth place.
“(This season) is better than I thought it was going to be from my summer tournaments when I was just not getting my groove,” Yeend said. “Now, I realize that I have it still and the last few tournaments went really well.
“I did better today. I had two or three rough holes, but the rest were good mostly because of my putting.”
Senior Emily Cattles also improved with a 107 on the final day after a 111 on Thursday.
“Individually they’ve all played well in spurts,” LHS coach Logan Spence said. “If we have our top three all play well on the same days, we could be a sneaky good girls team at state.”
Cheyenne Central won the girls team title at 582 and Cheyenne East was third with 634. Evanston’s Kyra Sponenburgh maintained her lead with an 82 to finish with a total of 166.
The Plainsmen finished fifth at 723, led by freshman Jackson McClaren. McClaren shot a final-round 87 after a first-round 82 to finish with 169 and a share of 13th place.
“I’m just leaving a lot strokes out there and making too many big numbers around the greens,” McClaren said. “This has been good preparation in learning and getting ready to go play state. I just have to work on some things, get some tweaks in to hopefully play good and have a good finish at state.”
Junior Braden Six and freshman Colter Harvey made the biggest moves for the Plainsmen on the second day. Six went from a first-round 95 to a second-round 86 for 181 strokes and a tie for 19th. Harvey improved from a 98 to an 86 for 184 strokes to move into 22nd. Sophomore Titus Wookey had rounds of 93 and 96 for a 189 for 27th.
“The boys are still growing as team — we are very, very young,” Spence said. “Some of them will probably say they were disappointed with how the home-course meet went for them. But that’s just part of learning and growing.”
Cheyenne East’s Blake Danni shot two consistent rounds of 67 on the par-71 course to win the individual title with an 8-under 134. The East boys won the team title as well with 610 strokes.
At University of Wyoming Jacoby Golf Course
Friday’s final results
BOYS TEAM SCORES
1. Cheyenne East 610; 2. Evanston 641; 3. Cheyenne Central 662; 4. Campbell County 695; 5. Laramie 723; 6. Cheyenne South 869
BOYS TOP 5: 1. Blake Danni, East, 67-67—134; 2. Ethen Wolf, Campbell County, 74-70—144; 3. (tie) Ethan Cates, Central, 77-78—155 and Braxton Lind, Evanston, 74-81—155; 5. (tie) Tristen Zitek, East, 81-78—159 and Michael Pope, East, 81-78—159
PLAINSMEN RESULTS: 13. (tie) Jackson McClaren, 82-87—169; 19. (tie) Braden Six, 95-86—181; 22. Colter Harvey, 98-86—184; 27. Titus Wookey, 93-96—189
GIRLS TEAM SCORES
1. Cheyenne Central 582; 2. Laramie 599, 3. Cheyenne East 634; 4. Cheyenne South 706
GIRLS TOP 5: 1. Kyra Sponenburgh, Evanston, 84-82—166; 2. Taylen Sewell, Central, 94-93—187; 3. Camryn Nagy, Laramie, 101-87—188; 4. (tie) Kenzie Yeend, Laramie, 99-94—193 and Jennifer Gillotti, Central, 93-100—193
LADY PLAINSMEN RESULTS: 12. Emily Cattles, 111-107—218; 20. Molly Rampulla, 143-WD