Formula for the Renaissance of Golf
By Barney Adams
A rather arrogant title methinks. Let’s start with the question, does golf need a renaissance and to accurately answer I looked up the word. While rebirth is given as a synonym the broader meaning is a cultural change from history going forward. When I accessed data from The National Golf Foundation and the US Census, it struck me that golf, as played regularly by amateurs, needs a renaissance…badly.
Numbers can be pretty boring so here’s the macro analysis. (The census data and National Golf Foundation reports are available for those interested in the details.) We have approximately the same number of golfers playing today as we did in 1990. Since then over 3800 courses have been built in the US and our population has increased over 25%. Moreover, the demographics of our population’s increase in age and income fit the profile of potential golfers. Something has happened over the last 20 years that has resulted in less people taking up and enjoying the game. (Click to Read More)
Site Change for 2012 Senior Amateur Championship
Due to the accelerated construction of a new clubhouse, practice facility and renovations to hole number one at Bell Nob Golf Club, the WSGA has decided to move the site of this year’s 13th Wyoming Senior Amateur Championship to Cottonwood at Torrington. We feel like by making the change we will give all competitors the opportunity to have the kind of Championship experience that has come to be expected from this event. The dates of the Championship remain the same, September 14 – 16, 2012. We look forward to an outstanding event at Cottonwood at Torrington this September.
Handicap Season Starts April 1st
Sunday, April 1st marks the official opening of the "Active Golf Season" for handicap score posting purposes for the state of Wyoming. The Active Golf Season starts April 1 and ends November 1, 2012. During this time any round of golf played in Wyoming must be posted to the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) via the club's posting computer, www.ghin.com or on your smart phone on the free GHIN Mobile App.
Register for WSGA Championships
With mild weather and warm temperatures, the 2012 WSGA Championship Season is right around the corner. General registration for WSGA Championships will open at 9AM on Monday, April 30th. However, priority registration will open on April 16th for those participants who played in the specific event in 2011. Visit the competitions page of www.wygolf.org for more information
WSGA Names 2011 Player’s of the Year
With this year's Championship Season in the books, the Wyoming State Golf Association has announced its Players of the Year for 2011. Players of the Year are awarded to Men, Women, Junior Boys and Junior Boys and Junior Girls based on points criteria established by the WSGA Board of Directors.
Haley Shackelford of Gillette earned her first Wyoming Junior Girl Player of the Year honors capped off by winning the 4A Wyoming High School Championship at Riverton Country Club in September. Haley captured Wyoming Junior Golf Tour Titles at the WJGT Central, Mountain and Northeast Regionals. She finished the summer schedule with a victory at the Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship in Cheyenne in July and also represented the State of Wyoming at the Girls Junior America's Cup in Nevada.
Kamrin Allen of Sheridan captured his third consecutive Wyoming Junior Player of the Year Award after another stellar year on the links. Kamrin was a semi-finalist at the 35th WSGA Match Play Championship, qualified for the United States Amateur Public Links Championship and the United States Junior Amateur Championship, as well as representing Wyoming in the Junior America's Cup in Colorado. Kamrin won titles at the WJGT Big Horn Basin, Central, and Mountain Regional Events. He won his second Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship in Cheyenne and his second consecutive Wyoming 4A State High School Title. Kamrin will compete on the University of Wyoming Golf Team starting in 2012.
Sue Edwards of Powell won the Wyoming Women's Player of the Year Title for the first time in her career after another solid championship season. Sue started of the WSGA Season by finishing in 10th place at the 89th Wyoming Women's Amateur Championship. She finished strong, however, with wins at both the 23rd Wyoming Mid-Amateur Championship and the 11th Wyoming Senior Amateur Championship.
John Hornbeck of Saratoga became the oldest recipient of the Wyoming Player of the Year Award with a truly outstanding season. John began the year by winning the 35th WSGA Match Play Championship at Douglas Golf Club with a one-up win over Wyoming Amateur Champ, Eddie Steward. He then finished in fourth place at the 89th Wyoming Amateur Championship at The Golf Club at Devil's Tower and finished the season with victories at the Wyoming Mid and Senior Amateur Championships, giving him possession of three WSGA Trophies for 2011. He and partner Morgan Splichal fell just short of a fourth WSGA Title after losing on the ninth hole of a hole-by-hole playoff at the WSGA Four-Ball Championship.
Congratulations to this year's four deserving recipients.
WSGA Championship Season Wraps in Rock Springs
Familiar faces once again emerged victorious at the season-ending 12th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship. John Hornbeck of Saratoga and Sue Edwards of Powell, both 2011 WSGA Mid-Amateur Champions from August, took home the titles of 2011 WSGA Senior Amateur Champion.
Hornbeck claimed his third WSGA Title of 2011, to go along with his WSGA Match Play and Mid-Amateur Trophies. His rounds of 74-69--143 earned him a two-shot vicory over 2009 Champ, Dave Balling of Cody.
Edwards not only followed up her win at the 2011 WSGA Mid-Amateur with a win at White Mountain Golf Club, but also defended her 2010 WSGA Senior Amateur Championship from The Powder Horn. With rounds of 80-83--163, she outpaced the field by 14 shots.
For complete results from the 2011 WSGA Senior Amateur Championship from White Mountain Golf Club in Rock Springs, click the following links: MEN - WOMEN.
2011 WSGA Four-Ball Hits Buffalo
A full field of 56 teams visited Buffalo Golf Club September 10th and 11th to vie for the Title of WSGA Four-Ball Champion in two divisions; Men's and Women's/Mixed. In the Four-Ball Stroke Play format, two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower score for the partners is the score for the hole.
The Huntley, WY team of Dale and Lori Kostur took advantage of ideal playing conditions to capture the title in the Women/Mixed Division of the Championship. With birdies on all three par threes on their back nine (holes 1-9), the Kostur's were able to outpace second plays teams of Pat and Brenda Fernandez of Cheyenne and Marilyn Nichols and Melissa Rafferty of Casper and Sheridan, respectively. The Kostur's nine over-par total (76-75 -- 151) was good enough for a four stroke victory.
There was plenty of excitement in the Men's Division as two teams ended up tied for the overall lead at six-under par after 36 holes of competition. It took the team of Scott Bates of Cheyenne and Todd Van Rensselaer of Douglas nine extra holes to outlast the team of Morgan Splichal of Sheridan and John Hornbeck of Saratoga. The teams were to play the 17th and 18th holes consecutively until the tie was broken. With a par four on the fifth trip trough the challenging 17th hole, Bates and Van Rensselaer were able to capture their first WSGA Championship.
Click the following links for full field results from the 2011 WSGA Four-Ball Championship: MEN - WOMEN/MIXED
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Edwards, Hornbeck Take WSGA Mid-Am
Wyoming's finest players age 25 and older gathered at Bell Nob Golf Club in Gillette, August 12-14, for the 23rd playing of the WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Two familiar names walked away with the trophies under blustery conditions on Sunday.
Sue Edwards of Powell, the 2010 WSGA Women's Senior Amateur Champion, held off Sarah Bowman to win her first WSGA Mid-Amateur Title. Four-times a winner of the Mid-Am, Bowman caught Edwards on hole 11 after Sue made double-bogey on the par four. However, Edwards was able to right the ship with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15. That ended up being the difference as she held on for a two-stroke victory with a 232 total. (78-75-79)
On the men's side, John Hornbeck continued his stellar play in 2011 by taking home his second individual WSGA Title of the summer (WSGA Match Play Results). However, it was no easy task holding off Dustin Materi in the gusty winds on Sunday. Materi's seven-birdie round of 68 on the final day put the pressure on Hornbeck, who started the day with a six shot lead. After bogeying the par-three 17th, John took a slim one-shot lead to the final hole. He calmly put his second shot to two feet on the difficult finishing hole and tapped in for birdie to finish two strokes ahead of Materi and claim his first WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship since first accomplishing the task in 2004.
For full field results for the 23rd WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship, click MEN'S RESULTS - WOMEN'S RESULTS.
Allen, Shackelford Capture Wyoming State
Junior Amateur Titles
Sheridan’s Kamrin Allen and Wright’s Haley Shackelford each capped off dominant summers on the 2011 Wyoming Junior Golf Tour as they won their respective titles in the Wyoming State Junior Amateur.
The 36-hole tournament was played on two different golf courses in Cheyenne. The juniors made their way to the Cheyenne Airport Golf Club for the first round on August 8th and then to the Cheyenne Country Club for the second round on August 9th. Eighty nine of the state’s finest junior golfers made the trip to Cheyenne to battle for titles in eight age divisions, as well as the overall Boys and Girls Wyoming Junior Amateur Championships.
The boys overall division was tight after the first round, with Andrew Garner of Jackson, a 15-year-old, taking the lead after shooting an even par round of 70. Allen was one back at 71, tied with Green River’s Nathan Green, another 15-year-old. Sheridan’s Taylor Reed was another stroke back at 72 while Thayne Balling of Cody and 15-year-old John Murdock IV of Laramie went into the final round three strokes behind the lead after rounds of 73.
Allen and Reed separated themselves from the field early in round 2 and the tournament became a two man battle as both competitors continued to match each other with numerous birdies. Allen finished the day with six birdies without a bogey to post a six under 66 and a 137 total to earn his second career Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship after also winning in 2009. That was good enough for a three stroke victory over Reed, who also posted a low score with his round of 68 and a 140 total. Balling fired a second round 77 to take third place overall.
The 15-year-olds who went low on day one fell out of the race for the overall title as Allen and Reed pulled away from the field but they still had a battle of their own for the 13-15 age division title. Green and Murdock both finished with totals of 152, so they headed out to the 10th hole for a playoff, their second playoff in as many tournaments as they had a playoff in Laramie just two weeks ago. The par 3 was playing about 200 yards and Murdock hit a wood to the back fringe while Green hit a long iron just short of hole high. Murdock lagged his birdie putt from the fringe to within inches of the hole and tapped in for par. Green got aggressive with his birdie putt, hitting it about 6 feet past the hole and then missed the come backer for par, leaving Murdock with title.
On the girl’s side, Haley Shackelford jumped out to a big lead after round 1, firing an 83, 8 shots clear of her closest competitor. She outlasted her sister Jandey’s day 2 comeback to beat her by four strokes. Jandey’s effort was enough to win the girls 13-15 division. Amanda Hinchey of Casper finished third overall and second in the 13-15 division. Blake Marquardt and Ashlyn Pearson rounded out the top 3 in the 16 and over division.
Dallas Millin continued his fine summer with his third consecutive victory in the boy’s 10-12 division. He shot a 44 in the first round to take a four stroke lead over Ben Cole while Alec Richardson and Kirby Coe-Kirkham were one more stroke back. Millin pulled away from the field with a 40 on day two to win by six strokes over Coe-Kirkham’s solid 41. Richardson took third place after a 44 in round two.
The boy’s 7-9 division had a three player battle for the title as Brock Bomar, Hardy Johnson, and Ben Cole battled over the two days with Bomar ultimately emerging victorious, Johnson taking second, and Cole finishing third.
The girl’s 10-12 division has had an awesome summer with three girls from Sheridan, Peyton Bomar, Victoria Owings, and Kayla Allen, continually battling with what seemed like a different winner every week. This week, Owings took the title by only one stroke over both Allen and Bomar. Owings was three strokes behind Allen and one behind Bomar heading into the final round but was able to make up those deficits on her way to victory. Flora Cole played with those three girls both days as she captured the title in the 7-9 division.
The WSGA would like to recognize 12-year-old Caleb Decroo of Thermopolis for being the only competitor to play in every WJGT event this summer. Not only did he accomplish that feat, but we also want to commend him for realizing he signed an incorrect scorecard in round 1 of the tournament and notifying the staff when he realized it. Due to the Rules of Golf, Caleb was disqualified from the tournament but he still came back for round 2 and hit arguably his best shot of the entire summer on the first hole at Cheyenne Country Club, a 260 yard drive straight down the center of the fairway. It was a very mature thing to do and we hope other competitors can admire and learn from Caleb’s actions.
The WSGA would like to thank all competitors for a great season and looks forward to seeing all the juniors next summer and would like to wish the best of luck to our competitors who are heading to college this fall as well as our high school golfers heading into their fall season. We would also like to congratulate all flight winners and thank all volunteers for their support.
Podlesny Wins 89th Wyoming
Women’s Amateur Championship
Emily Podlesny of Green River fired steady rounds of 73-76-78 for a two stroke victory on the 5,502 par 74 Casper Country Club layout. There were five competitors tied for second with totals of 229 as nearly every player in contention entering the final round was in the mix for the title at the end of the round on Sunday. Podlesny’s title is the second for her family, as her sister Kelsey captured the 2009 Women’s Amateur Title at Paradise Valley Country Club. She began the tournament with a 1 under par round of 73, grabbing a share of the lead with Jessi Waring. She continued her solid play in round two, building a two stroke lead over defending champ Miranda Bandemer of Laramie, heading into the final round. She was able to hold off back nine charges from five different competitors on her way to a 78 in the final round. Podlesny will be heading to Portland State to play golf this fall as she begins her college career.
The five way tie for second place included Bandemer, Waring, Emily Woodard, Brandi Holmes, and Afton Balling. Balling shot the low round of the tournament with a 2 under par 72 in the final round. That included a stretch of five consecutive birdies on the back nine to get her into contention. Bandemer played in the final group on both Saturday and Sunday as she shot rounds of 75-76-78. Waring, the 2008 champion, was the only other golfer to break par in the first round as she was tied with Podlesny. Woodard’s low round of the tournament was an even par 74 in the first round. She will head to Laramie to begin her freshman campaign on the golf team for the University of Wyoming. Brandi Holmes of Cody shot the low round on day two as she fired a 1 under par round of 73. Seventeen year old Haley Shackelford, of Gillette, carded six birdies in the final round on her way to a 1 under 73.
In the first flight, Layne Sheridan got hot over the weekend as she shot 83 on Saturday and 80 on Sunday to win by 12 strokes. Donna Cleveland whose low round was an 87, and Brenda Austin, who shot 83 on Saturday, tied for second. Local Karen Hayden, this year’s recipient of the Peggy Buss Sportswoman Award, ran away with the title in the second flight behind rounds of 87-90-90. She was sixteen strokes clear of Karen Hinchey and Carol Butler in second place. The third and final flight had another runaway champion, as Bonnie Peden played consistent golf throughout the championship to earn a 20 stroke victory. Kerry “Stretch” Blount grabbed second place.
The WSGA would like to thank Casper Country Club and their entire staff for all of their cooperation and assistance throughout the event, and would also like to thank all the players. Click here for Scores
WJGT Competes at Laramie in
Second To Last Tournament of 2011
The Wyoming Junior Golf Tour travelled to Jacoby Golf Club in Laramie on July 25th and 26th as 40 junior golfers put their skills to the test in the Southeast Regional.
The boys 16 and over division had a tight battle as three golfers headed to the final nine within three strokes of each other. Kegan Brenner was able to grind out a round of 6-over par 77 to compliment his 1 over 72 in the first round. That gave him a two stroke victory over Stephen Grandpre, who shot 74-77. Aaron Nirider rounded out the top 3 with back to back rounds of 78.
The boys 13-15 division had one of the most exciting and tight battles all summer as Nathan Green and John Murdock IV were tied at 11 over par 153 after the 36 holes of regulation. Green used the strength of a day two round of 73 for that total while Murdock shot consistent rounds of 78 and 75. The two started their playoff on the first hole and each made pars on the first three playoff holes. Green eventually secured the victory with a birdie at the par 3 fourth with a birdie. Thomas Rupp finished in third with a 160 total.
Dallas Millin was victorious for the second straight week in the boys 10-12 division. He fired rounds of 44 and 41 to run away with a nine stroke victory over both Alec Richardson and Kirby Coe-Kirkham, who both finished with totals of 94 to tie for second place.
On the girls side of things, Blake Marquardt played steady golf over the two days on her way to rounds of 89 and 90 as she captured the 16 and over division.
Kristen Day and Ali Stark battled in the 13-15 division with Day ultimately pulling out the victory. She rallied for a round of 99 on day two to grab the victory.
Two young girls came to Laramie to compete in the nine hole tournament, with Joanna Stark as part of the 10-12 division and Taylor Bandemer in the 7-9 division. They battled for the two days as Joanna fired 98 and 112 while Taylor was just a few back with rounds of 100 and 116.
The final stop on this summer’s WJGT schedule will be in Cheyenne on August 8th and 9th as the state’s finest will battle for the title of State Junior Amateur Champion. The WSGA looks forward to seeing the junior golfers compete one last time and wishes the best of luck to all competitors as they prepare for the championship.
Cremer Goes Low in Second Round, Wins
Junior Tour Northeast Regional
Many of the state’s finest junior golfers travelled to Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette on July 18th and 19th to battle for the titles in their respective age groups at the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour’s Northeast Regional.
Chris Cremer led the way in the boys 16&Over age group, following up his first round 76 with a very impressive 3-under par 69 which included an eagle at the par 5 seventh hole on his way to a 4-under 32 on the front nine. His total of 145 was good enough for a seven stroke victory and his first career WJGT victory. Cremer looks to continue his solid play as he will take his game to Evergreen, CO July 27th-29th as one of Wyoming’s four representatives at the 2011 Junior America’s Cup. Taylor Reed took second place with a total of 152 after testing his game at the Wyoming Amateur over the weekend, finishing an impressive tie for eleventh. Austin Hinchey rounded out the top three with rounds of 78 and 77 for two round total of 155.
Quintin Pope, who will join Cremer at the Junior America’s Cup next week, captured the 13-15 age group after bouncing back from a first round 83 with a steady 78 in the second round for a 161 total, four clear of the next competitor. Thomas Rupp shot 81-84 to take second place while Jack Mavrakis carded rounds of 83-84 to take third place.
Haley Shackelford, who will represent Wyoming at the Girl’s Junior America’s Cup at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in Nevada July 25th-28th, won the Girls 16&Over division after a very solid showing where she fired rounds of 79 and 81, totaling 160. Ashlyn Pearson, who will also compete with Shackelford in Nevada, took second place, while Tess Mitchell rounded out the top three.
The trend of Junior America’s Cup representatives winning their flights this week continued in the girls 13-15 age group, as Amanda Hinchey shot rounds of 83 and 91 to win the flight. She will be joining Shackelford and Pearson for the select team event. Jandey Shackelford finished second behind Hinchey.
Players who are 12 and under competed on Bell Nob’s Wee Links Course, a nine hole short course, this week. The juniors played the course twice each day, with a par of 56, including eight par 3’s and one par 4 on each side.
Twelve year old Dallas Millin led the scoring with rounds of 63 and 64 to win the boy’s 10-12 age group by five strokes over Alec Richardson. The highlight of Richardson’s tournament, however, was his eagle on the par 4 sixth hole in his second round on the way to a 65 following his 67 in the first round. Caleb Decroo, one of the only competitors who has competed in every event so far this year, finished in third place, while Korbin Hinkle took fourth.
In the boy’s 7-9 year old age group, Brock Bomar and Hardy Johnson continued their rivalry as Hardy took a one stroke lead after the first round with a 70. However, Bomar played outstanding in the second round on his way to a 62 and an eleven stroke victory.
Three young girls have been evenly matched and battling all summer in the girl’s 10-12 age group. This week, Kayla Allen emerged victorious after heading into the second round tied with Victoria Owings. Allen fired an 80 in the second round while Owings finished five back with an 85, while Peyton Bomar took third place after a solid 84 in round two.
The WJGT will travel to Laramie for the Southeast Regional on July 25th and 26th and then will conclude with the State Junior Championship in Cheyenne on August 8th and 9th. The WSGA looks forward to these final two events and would like to thank all competitors and parents for making the event a great time.
Stewart Holds Onto Lead,
Claims First Career Wyoming Amateur Title
Jackson’s Eddie Stewart kept the ball in play and made putts when they counted on his way to a four under par 68 in the final round and a four stroke victory over Cody’s Clinton Boutelle to earn the title of 2011 Wyoming Amateur Champion.
The Golf Club at Devil’s Tower played at a lengthy 6,936 yards, however the biggest challenge of the course was avoiding the native rough, which all but guaranteed a bogey or worse for competitors who hit into it. The leaders credited their solid rounds to keeping the ball in play, which separated them from the rest of the field.
Stewart took a two stroke lead over Buffalo’s Casey Ruff into the final round while Boutelle was four back. He immediately made it clear that beating him would take a low round as he carded an eagle on the par five first hole to build his lead and create a cushion for him to work with. The three played steady on the front nine as Stewart made the turn at one under for the day and seven under for the tournament, Boutelle at two under and three back for the tournament, and Ruff at one over and four back for the tournament heading into the final nine.
Boutelle threatened on the back nine, carding two birdies and no bogeys on his way to a bogey free round of 68, however Stewart shined with a three under 33 on the back nine for a final round 68. Boutelle was in striking distance all afternoon until Stewart ultimately got out of reach when he stuck his approach shot to two feet for a tap in birdie on the difficult par four 17th hole.
Stewart tapped in for par on eighteen to close the tournament and claim the coveted title. The victory also earned him a spot in the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in Truckee, CA at the end of July.
Ruff shot a 75 in the final round to finish in third place. John Hornbeck of Saratoga, who captured the 2011 State Match Play Championship, bounced back from an opening round 75 with back to back rounds of one under 71 on the weekend to finish in fourth place while Laramie’s Eric Parish shot consistent rounds of 74-76-72 to round out the top five.
In the first flight, Cobie Lunsford of Evanston and Morgan Splichal of Sheridan separated themselves from the rest of the field and battled to the finish. Lunsford emerged with a one stroke victory behind rounds of 73-80-76. He was seventh in the overall while Splichal was eighth with rounds of 76-79-75.
Gillette’s Eugene Routledge won the second flight by a six stroke margin over Cheyenne’s Ken Kranz while Gillette’s Rich Gleason was one more stroke back. Routledge fired rounds of 76-80-76.
In the third and final flight, Larry Parker of New Castle came out on top after firing 82-86-84. He was two strokes ahead Huntley’s Jeff Jones and seven ahead of Buffalo’s Ron Burr.
The WSGA would like to thank all competitors and volunteers and hopes to see all the competitors at future events.
Juniors Post Low Scores at Sheridan Country Club
The Wyoming Junior Golf Tour’s mountain regional event took place at Sheridan Country Club on July 11th and 12th and the junior’s showed the state’s depth with three players posting under par rounds and numerous other’s coming close to the mark in the two day tournament.
Leading the way in the boy’s 16-19 division was Sheridan’s Kamrin Allen, with spectacular rounds of 65 and 66 for a 13 under 131 total, a WJGT record. Kamrin hopes to keep his game at that level as he heads to Washington for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship later this week. Jace Rader, another Sheridan local, bounced back from a 77 in round one to post an impressive 3 under par 69 on day two to take second place in the division with a total of 146. The depth of golf in Sheridan showed with the 3rd and 4th place positions being taken by locals as well, with Taylor Reed at 149 (74-75), and Cole Smith at 151 (73-78).
However, the second best overall total in the tournament belonged to Gillette’s Danny Davis, competing in the 13-15 age division. He posted a 3 under par 69 on day one and followed that great round up with a 75 for an even par 144 total. Pax Mitchell continued his consistent play this summer with a two day score of 158 to secure second place in the age group. Quintin Pope rounded out the top 3 with a 161 total after a 78 on day two.
Alec Richardson won the 10-12 age division, as he backed up his first round 40 with a steady 44 in the second round. His score of 84 was five clear of Dallas Millin in second place and seven clear of Jared Edeen in third place.
In the 7-9 age group, Brock Bomar’s impressive 9 hole rounds of 40 and 39, totaling 79 strokes, were enough to capture the title. Elijah Cole, was seond place in the division at 111.
On the girl’s side, Haley Shackelford grabbed the title with matching rounds of 9 over par 81 for a two day total of 162. That put her out of reach of Kayzanne Graney, who finished in second place with rounds of 91 and 92 while Ashlyn Pearson took third following rounds of 88 and 97.
Haley’s sister Jandey Shackelford captured the 13-15 age division after firing rounds of 94 and 96. Sydney Gunn took second place, 11 strokes back, behind rounds of 95 and 106.
The 10-12 age division saw Victoria Owings and Peyton Bomar battle throughout the two days, with Owings finally emerging on top with a 2 stroke victory. She fired rounds of 46 and 52 for an aggregate score of 98 while Bomar shot 49 and 51 for a total of 100.
Flora Cole made her first WJGT event a memorable one as she won the girl’s 7-9 division behind rounds of 97 and 85. She looks forward to travelling to more tournaments with her three brothers.
The junior tour will visit Gillette and Laramie before concluding in Cheyenne for the Wyoming Junior Championship on August 8th and 9th. The WSGA looks forward to the three remaining events and wants to thank all volunteers and Sheridan Country Club for their efforts.
Three Person Championship Concludes in Worland
The WSGA hosted the state Three Person Championship at Green Hills Golf Club in Worland on July 2nd and 3rd. Two teams were crowned champions, with the trio of Jeff Vail, Tony Douzenis, and Mike Bundren winning the men’s flight while the family of Eugene Routledge, Sandi Routledge, and Wendi Routledge captured the mixed flight. In the men’s flight, Vail, Douzenis, and Bundren trailed by 1 after the first 18 to the team of Todd Van Rensselaer, Scott Bates, and Joe Hunter, who fired an impressive 13 under par 59. However, 5 other groups finished at 61, so all teams in the flight knew they would have to go low on the second day to secure the title.
Vail, Douzenis, and Bundren did just that, firing a 16 under par score of 56, the lowest round of the tournament, bringing their two day total to 28 under 116. That was good enough to beat Van Rensselaer, Bates, and Hunter by three strokes, as they posted a 60 on day two.
The Routledge team came to Worland with a target on their back, as they had won the previous two mixed flight titles in 2009 and 2010. They had to battle back for the victory as another family trio, Billy, Rick, and Jenny McElroy, navigated the Green Hills layout to an 11 under par 61 to lead by three strokes over the Routledge’s and a third family trio, Brad, Cindy, and Todd Cheney, with each family shooting an 8 under 64.
However, the Routledge’s answered back on day two, scorching the course for a 13 under 59, the lowest round in the mixed flight of the entire tournament, bringing their total to a 21 under 123. That put them four clear of their next closest competitors, the Cheney’s, who shot 63. This clinched their third consecutive mixed flight title, proving the Routledge’s are the team to beat in the mixed flight for years to come.
The WSGA thanks all competitors and looks forward to seeing everyone at future WSGA events.
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Stableford Championship Visits Paradise Valley, Ezell and Nelson Victorious
Peter Ezell of Evanston won the men's flight and Lana Nelson of Wheatland won the women's flight in the second playing of the WSGA Net Stableford Event at the par 71 Paradise Valley Country Club on June 25th and 26th.
Juniors Battle in WJGT Central Regional
Bad weather left Casper just in time Monday morning for Wyoming’s junior golfers to enjoy a nice afternoon round followed by a beautiful Tuesday morning that saw the scores improve dramatically as 7 champions were crowned in their respective age divisions at Paradise Valley. READ MORE..........
Hornbeck Captures First WSGA Individual Title
at Match Play
John Hornbeck of Saratoga birdied the 18th hole at Douglas Golf Club to seal the victory in a thrilling final match against Jackson’s Eddie Stewart to win the 35th WSGA Match Play Championship. READ MORE..........
Juniors Kick Off WJGT Schedule in Cody
The WJGT began its 2011 season in Cody on June 6th and 7th at Olive Glen Golf Club with 34 players vying for the titles in their respective age divisions. READ MORE...........
WSGA Champion Entries Open May 2nd
2011 is another exciting summer full of
great WSGA Championship Venues and even more
opportunities for players of all ages to compete. READ MORE...........
WJGT Stops at Kemmerer
Twelve junior golfers made their way to Kemmerer on June 13-14 to vie for the titles in their respective age divisions in the WJGT’s Southwest Regional. As usual, the wind was blowing both days for the competitors as they attempted to conquer the challenging par 36 nine hole layout. READ MORE.........
Stableford Championship Visits Paradise Valley, Ezell and Nelson Victorious
Peter Ezell of Evanston won the men's flight and Lana Nelson of Wheatland won the women's flight in the second playing of the WSGA Net Stableford Event at the par 71 Paradise Valley Country Club on June 25th and 26th.
The Stableford is a unique format where competitors try to gain points based on their hole by hole score and the winner is the competitor with the highest total over the 36 hole Championship. Competitors could gain anywhere from 0 to 6 points on a hole. Points are awarded as follows: 0 for a net double bogey or worse, 1 for net bogey, 2 for net par, 3 for net birdie, 4 for net eagle, 5 for net double eagle, and 6 for net four under par.
The men's flight was tight after the first 18 holes, with four competitors amassing impressive totals over 40 points. Leading the way was Don Vialpando at 42 points. He was leading Peter Ezell at 41, Rex Bell at 41, and Larry Benson at 40, setting up for an exciting final 18 holes.
Vialpando extended his lead with an outstanding chip in for net eagle on the first hole of round two, however, the trio of Vialpando, Ezell, and Bell all made the turn within one stroke of each other, setting the stage for a battle to the finish on the back nine.
Ezell was a model of consistency as he only carded one net bogey to go along with two net birdies and a net eagle on the back nine. His day two total of 41 points for a total of 82 points helped him cruise to a comfortable 4 point victory over Vialpando's 78 points. Bell finished another stroke back at 77 points. Ezell was ecstatic after earning his first individual WSGA Title.
In the women's flight, point total's were high as many of the women put together spectacular rounds on day one, with Rachelle Pearson, her daughter Ashlynn Pearson, both from Gillette, and local Debra Bell leading the field with matching totals of 46 points.
However, it was Lana Nelson who came out on top with 44 points on day one followed by another high total of 46 for a two day total of 90 points, three clear of runner up Ashlynn Pearson who finished at 87, four ahead of her mother Rachelle, who finished at 83 points.
This was also Nelson's first career WSGA Title, joining Ezell as a first time winner. Both will keep the coveted WSGA Stableford Championship Trophies at their respective home clubs for the following year.
The most talked about moment of day two was fourth place finisher Penny Steever's hole in one on the 15th hole, her second ace on that hole in the last year, as she won a car on the same hole with an ace last year.
The WSGA would like to thank the staff at Paradise Valley for all their help and cooperation throughout the event and looks forward to seeing all the competitors at future WSGA events.
Juniors Battle in WJGT Central Regional
Bad weather left Casper just in time Monday morning for Wyoming’s junior golfers to enjoy a nice afternoon round followed by a beautiful Tuesday morning that saw the scores improve dramatically as 7 champions were crowned in their respective age divisions at Paradise Valley.
Kamrin Allen, fresh off an exciting week where he qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur through a qualifier in Billings, continued his dominant summer with a 13 stroke victory in the boys 16-19 division behind rounds of 72 and 70 for an even par 142 total. Austin Hinchey, the only other player in the division to break 80 both days, played in the final group with Allen firing rounds of 77 and 78 for a 155 total, good enough for second place. Conner Morton threatened on day two with a 77 after a first round 83 to secure the third place spot.
Haley Shackelford dominated the girls 16-19 division as she cruised to victory with rounds of 85 and 80 for a 165 total, 32 shots clear of her nearest competitor. Savanah Green used her home course knowledge to shoot rounds of 96 and 101 for a 197 total and the runner up position. Ashlyn Pearson was not far behind with rounds of 90 and 113 for a 203 total in third place.
Competitors in the boys 13-15 division indicated that the future is bright for Wyoming junior golf. Danny Davis captured the title after following up a 78 on day one with a spectacular day two 73 for a 151 total. Although Quintin Pope had to settle for second place with a 154 total, his phenomenal second day 2 under par 69 made him a player to watch over the next few years in Wyoming junior golf. Pax Mitchell shot back to back rounds of 78, totaling 156, to grab third place.
Jandey Shackelford joined sister Haley in the winner’s circle after she won the girls 13-15 division behind rounds of 89 and 93, giving her a 182 total. Caitlyn Skavdahl and Sarah Schroefel rounded out the top three with two day totals of 195 and 203, respectively.
The boys 10-12 division was the tightest division of the tournament with 4 players within one stroke of each other atop the leaderboard after day one’s nine holes. Alec Richardson shot 44 while Kirby Coe-Kirkham, Chase Cochran, and Jared Edeen were all just one stroke back at 45. Coe-Kirkham pulled away from the field with a day two 42 for a total of 87 and a two shot victory over Richardson, who finished at 89. Finishing in a tie for third place was Cochran, after matching his first day total of 45, giving him a total of 90, as well as Dallas Millin, who recovered from a 48 on day one with a 42 on the second day, tied for the lowest round of the day.
In the girls 10-12 division, Kayla Allen followed older brother Kamrin’s example as she captured the title with a total of 90 backed by rounds of 46 and 44. She was followed by Victoria Owings who was 9 strokes back after rounds of 52 and 47 for a total of 99.
The boys 7-9 division had arguably the most exciting finish of the tournament as Hardy Johnson and Brock Bomar needed 19 holes to determine a winner after the two were tied at an impressive 85 following 18 holes of regulation. The two headed to the par 4 tenth hole for a sudden death playoff where they both hit the fairway off the tee. Their approach shots were both greenside so it came down to the young boy’s short games to determine a champion. Hardy calmly chipped to 2 feet and Brock followed by hitting his chip 5 feet to the right of the hole. Brock’s par putt lipped out leaving Hardy a 2 foot putt for the title. He confidently drained it, earning his second consecutive victory after winning in Kemmerer last week as well.
The WSGA thanks all volunteers and parents for their help at the tournament, as everyone had a great time. We look forward to seeing the juniors at the next WJGT event at Sheridan Country Club on July 11th and 12th.
WJGT Stops at Kemmerer
Twelve junior golfers made their way to Kemmerer on June 13-14 to vie for the titles in their respective age divisions in the WJGT’s Southwest Regional. As usual, the wind was blowing both days for the competitors as they attempted to conquer the challenging par 36 nine hole layout.
The boys 16-19 division saw two competitors battle for the title with Daulton Grube of Rock Springs ultimately emerging victorious. He came back from a day 1 round of 91 with a solid 85 for a 176 total. Landers’ Tyson Sollars shot rounds of 93 and 95 for a 188 total.
The most competitive division of the tournament was the boys 13-15 division, with five junior golfers competing for the crown. Green River’s Nathan Green, a runner up last week in Cody as well as the runner up in the first flight at the state match play, continued his solid summer grabbing the title. He shot rounds of 88 and 79 for a 167 total. Casey Winger of Lander captured the second spot with consistent rounds of 89 and 88 for a 177 total. Jesse Mcmanis rounded out the top 3 shooting 96 and 86 for a 182 total.
The boys 10-12 division was won by Rock Springs’ Garret Phillips, who shot matching nine hole rounds of 51 for a total of 102. Lyman’s Dustin Corun followed him at 113. Rounding out the top 4 were Caleb Decroo of Thermopolis at 121 and William Bartholomew of Thermopolis at 143.
The boys 7-9 division was over before it even started with only Hardy Johnson making the trip to Kemmerer. However, Hardy took on the challenge of playing with the boys in the 10-12 division and played great golf with rounds of 55 on both days for a total of 110.
Hornbeck Captures First WSGA Individual Title
at Match Play
John Hornbeck of Saratoga birdied the 18th hole at Douglas Golf Club to seal the victory in a thrilling final match against Jackson’s Eddie Stewart to win the 35th WSGA Match Play Championship.
Hornbeck clinched his spot in the final with a win over Douglas local Chandler Andreen via a 4 & 3 victory while Stewart’s path to the final was a bit more challenging with his match against Sheridan’s Kamrin Allen coming down to the final hole where he emerged victorious with a 1 up lead after a tricky par save on 18.
Hornbeck and Stewart battled all afternoon with neither player gaining more than a 1 up lead at any point throughout the match. After trading wins on the first two holes and halving holes three and four at par, Hornbeck set the tone for the rest of the day sticking his tee shot to 8 inches on the par 3 fifth hole and gaining a 1 up lead. Stewart was able to get that hole back with a birdie on the challenging par 4 eighth and the match went to the turn all square.
The match heated up on the back nine when holes eleven and twelve were halved with birdies and neither player could win a hole until the par 5 fifteenth, where Stewart suffered from a bad lie on his third shot and Hornbeck took advantage and went to the sixteenth with a 1 up lead. However, Stewart responded by nearly driving the green and chipping to close range prompting Hornbeck to concede the birdie and square up the match.
A brief lightning delay followed so the competitors had approximately 30 minutes to think about their difficult tee shot at the downhill 243 yard par-3 17th hole. Stewart came up short with a 5 iron however, Hornbeck was not phased and hit his tee shot to 8 feet. Stewart chipped to 15 feet and confidently drained the putt to put the pressure on Hornbeck, whose putt slid by the top side of the hole, sending the match to the 18th all square.
Both players striped their tee shots down the middle of the fairway, leaving about 60 yards to a back hole location on the elevated green. Stewart hit first, coming up a touch short and leaving 20 feet for birdie. Hornbeck’s wedge shot skipped past the hole and checked up leaving him 8 feet downhill. Stewart’s putt missed right and all he could do was watch as Hornbeck calmly sank his birdie putt to secure the victory and his first individual WSGA title.
The victory guarantees him a spot with Todd Griffin as Wyoming’s representatives at the Pacific Coast Amateur in late July. The final spot will go to the winner of the 2011 Wyoming State Amateur in July.
For full field results click HERE.
Juniors Kick Off WJGT Schedule in Cody
The WJGT began its 2011 season in Cody on June 6th and 7th at Olive Glen Golf Club with 34 players vying for the titles in their respective age divisions.
Scoring conditions were ideal on day one with warm temperatures and only a light breeze. The situation was not the same as the juniors teed off early in the morning on day two with high winds and temperatures only in the 50’s, and the scores went up as a result.
Kamrin Allen, the 2010 WJGT Player of The Year, led the way in the boys 16-19 division, firing rounds of 68 and 76 on his way to an even par 144 total. Chris Cremer and Taylor Spiegelberg rounded out the top 3 spots with rounds of 71-87 and 73-87, respectively.
The boys 13-15 division came down to the final hole as Pax Mitchell (76-88), Nathan Green(73-90), and Jordan Costello (73-89) battled all of Tuesday morning with Costello finally prevailing after closing the tournament with a birdie at the par 5 ninth hole.
Amanda Hinchey came out on top in the girls 13-15 division with rounds of 89 and 100 for a 189 total. Not far behind were Sydney Gunn (109-99) and Sarah Schroefel (104-113).
In the 12 and under divisions, the Bomar family made their presence known for the 2011 season as Brock won the boys division and sister Peyton won the girls division. Brock shot 9 hole rounds of 41 and 45 for a total of 86 with Dallas Millin (44-49) and Alec Richardson (47-49) cracking the top 3 and threatening throughout the tournament. Peyton prevailed with an exciting playoff victory over Kayla Allen (52-54) with competitor Sabrina Schroefel rounding out the top 3.
A great time was had by all and the WSGA looks forward to the upcoming WJGT schedule after a successful tournament in Cody.
WSGA Champion Entries Open May 2nd
2011 is another exciting summer full of
great WSGA Championship Venues and even more
opportunities for players of all ages to compete.
General entries for all WSGA Championships will
open on Monday, May 2nd at 9AM. Priority
entries for WSGA Championships will be available
on Monday, April 18th at 9AM for those participants
who competed in the specific event in 2010.
2010 participants will receive an an email or
mailed invitation with instructions on how to
sign up during the priority registration period.
Players are encouraged to enter online, however
printable entry forms will be available.
Players of the Year Named
Three repeat Players of the Year were announced
to end the 2010 Championship Season.
Maier, a senior on The University of
Wyoming's Men's Golf Team, took home his second
consecutive WSGA Men's Player of the Year Honor.
Highlighting his tremendous 2010 season were
a repeat at the Wyoming Amateur Championship,
a win at the Wyoming Match Play Championship
for the second time in three years and taking
home low-amateur honors at the Wyoming Open.
Bandamer of Laramie takes home 2010 WSGA Women’s
Player of the Year honors after capturing her
first WSGA Title at the 88th Wyoming Women’s
Amateur Championship at the Powell Golf Club
in July. Bandemer followed up her win
in Powell with a strong performance at the WSGA
Mid-Amateur Championship, finishing in solo-second
place at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club in
Allen, a junior at Sheridan High School,
was honored as Boys Junior Player of the Year
for the second time in as many years. Allen
had victories at three Wyoming Junior Golf+
Tour Regional Events, was medalist at the Wyoming
Match Play Championship with a qualifying round
of eight-under par 64, and won the 4A State
High School Golf Championship in September.
Girls Junior Player of the Year went to Bri
Sweeny, a senior from Worland High School, for
the second time in a row. Bri repeated at the
Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship and won
the 3A State High School Golf Championship at
Purple Sage Golf Course in Evanston.
Congratulations to the 2010 Wyoming Players
of the Year
Horn Caps Off 2010 Season
It was one of the most anticipated WSGA Championships
in recent memory and The Powder Horn did not
disappoint. 160 players competed in seven
age divisions on September 18th and 19th in
Though she has a solid resume of amateur
golf in the state of Wyoming,
Sue Edwards of Powell had never
laid claim to a WSGA Title. That all changed
on Sunday when she followed up an opening
round 77 with a 76 on Sunday to put her four
shots ahead of 2000 Senior Amateur Champion,
Maureen Humphrys of Sheridan
(76-81—157). Defending champ,
Falinda Hall of Cody, finished
in solo-third place with rounds of 84-81—165.
The Men’s overall division came right
down to the 36th and final hole of the championship.
After birdies on 15 and 16,
Kent Jesperson of Cheyenne all
but had his second WSGA Senior Amateur Championship
wrapped up. Jesperson was four under par for
the day and two under par for the championship
as he headed to the par-3 17th hole, three
shots ahead of clubhouse leader, Pat Fernandez
of Cheyenne. However, after a three-putt,
double-bogey five, Jesperson’s lead
was back to one shot with one hole to play.
Jesperson was able to right the ship at the
par-4 18th and after a solid tee shot and
a pitch to 20 feet, two putts later he was
holding the WSGA Senior Amateur Trophy for
the second time in three years.
complete results of the 11th WSGA Senior Amateur
Championship, click HERE.
Championship Wraps Up at Lander GC
One way to navigate the severely
sloped 18th green at Lander Golf Club is to
avoid putting on it at all. That is exactly
what Dean Lehmkuhler did when he holed his
80 yard wedge shot for an eagle two on the
final hole of the 2010 WSGA Four-Ball Championship,
September 11th and 12th. Lehmkuhler and his
partner, Charlie Mercer , came to the home
hole trailing by two shots behind Mark Doebele
and Colin Hopkins. Lehmkuhler’s eagle,
coupled with a bogey by Doebele and Hopkins,
led to a three-shot swing and the first WSGA
Championship for the team from Lander. Click
here for final results.
Host Professional Mike Johnson presents
the trophy to Dean Lehmkuhler and Charlie
|Mixed Flight Winners Tooney
Repeat at WSGA Mid-Am
Todd Griffin of Casper (72-67-74—213)
and Sarah Bowman of Parkman (79-78-78—235)
completed successful defenses of their Wyoming
State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Titles
at Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club in
Cody on Sunday. Griffin now claims five WSGA
Mid-Amateur Trophies and Bowman has four.
1 Photo Gallery Round
2 Photo Gallery Round
3 Photo Gallery Final
Wyoming Junior Championship Wraps up in Worland
Sweeny, it was déjà
vu all over again as she successfully defended
her Girls Junior Amateur Championship on her
home turf, Green Hills Golf Club in Worland.
With rounds of 76-78—156 she was able
to finish ten strokes clear of the field.
Shackleford of Gillette (80-84—164)
finished in second place and Madisen
Price of Thermopolis (101-98—199)
was in third.
In the boys overall division, the last player
into the field ended up taking home the title.
Kyle Fanning (73-68—141)
made it into the Championship on Tuesday afternoon
after a withdraw made room for him in the
round one pairings. The senior-to-be from
Cheyenne shot a four-under par 68 in the final
round to overtake Cameron
Lindell of Sheridan (68-74—142).
Lindell had a 15 foot birdie putt from just
off the edge of the green on the 36th hole,
but it slipped by to give Fanning his first
WSGA Title. Defending Champ, Kamrin
Allen of Sheridan (72-71—143)
finished two shots back.
Bandemer Captures 88th WSGA
Coming from one shot back in the final round,
of Laramie took home the 88th edition of the
Wyoming State Golf Association’s Women’s
Amateur Championship. She overtook second
round leader, Emily
of Cheyenne, on the second hole of the day,
but after bogeys on holes four and five once
again found herself a shot back of the lead.
Bandemer played her next 13 holes at even
par and cruised to a seven-shot victory. Defending
(80-76-78—234)of Green River,
finished in solo-second place.
scoring information throughout this Championship,
Defends at WSGA Amateur
a birdie on the 54th hole of The Championship,
Maier (65-69-71—205) completed
his successful title defense in the 88th playing
of the Wyoming State Golf Association’s
Amateur Championship. Maier was able to hold
off 2008 WSGA Amateur Champion, Steve
White of Jackson (72-67-70—209),
who evened up the Championship after a birdie
three on the par-four tenth hole. Maierregained
a one-shot edge after holing out from just
off the front edge of the green par-five 11th
for an eagle three. White missed his five
foot eagle attempt to fall one shot back,
which remained the margin as the two competitors
traded pars for the next five holes. On the
par-four 17th, White made an untimely double-bogey
when he was forced to punch out after his
tee shot found the left rough. Maier made
par and took a three shot lead to the final
hole where he made birdie to claim his second
consecutive WSGA Amateur Title.
Here for Final Results
Win in Gillette
It seemed like Christmas in July at Bell
Nob Golf Club for the WJGT Northeast Regional
Stoke Play. Rain and temperatures in the 50's
greeted competitors in round 2, but boys and
girls ages 7 through 18 played on. Kamrin
Allen of Sheridan once again
laid claim to a WJGT Title with rounds of
69-74--143. Allen finished in front of Caden
Rosin of Douglas and Taylor
Reed of Sheridan. In the Girls'
Overall Division, Bri
Sweeny was challenged by Haley
Shackelford of Gillette as they
fired rounds of 80 and 81, respectively. However,
Sweeny was avail to hold Shackelford off with
a second-round 84 to hold on for a four-stroke
victory. Click HERE
for full results in the 13 and over divisions,
for results in the 12 and under division.
The Golf Club
at Devils Tower Hosts Three Person Championship
It was a tail of two rounds at the WSGA Three
Person Championship in Hulett on July 3rd
and 4th. On Saturday, the field was treated
to Chamber of Commerce weather and the scores
reflected it. One team in each the Men's and
Women's/Mixed Divisions broke 60, with 13-under
par 59. Eugene,
Sandy and Wendy Routledge accomplished
the task in the Women's/Mixed Division while
Petrino, Colin Hopkins and Josh White
shot 59 in the Men's Division.
Sunday was a different story, however, as
heavy rains began early and remained in the
area for most of the day. Team Routledge seemed
unphased by the weather as they hung on for
a 4-stroke victory with a second round 62
Jenny and Billy McElroy of Gillette.
In the Men's Division, the team of
Fernandez, Dave Blyth and Kyle Nuss
bettered their first round 61 with a second
round 60 to come from two strokes back and
win by five. For full field results and other
information on this event, click HERE.
here for final results from the Three Person
Scramble at The Golf Club at Devil's Tower"
Lays Claim to 1st Net Stableford Championship
When the dust settled at the 1st WSGA Net Stableford
Championship at Riverton
on June 19th and 20th, Scott
Mansor of Big Piney was the man
holding the trophy.
In this unique format, players earn points based
off of net par on each hole. Interestingly,
the final group was comprised of 2003 WSGA Mid-Amateur
Splichal of Gillette, a mid-handicapper,
McClaren of Gillette, and a woman,
Mckee of Lander. Mansor passed
them all by, however, compiling a staggering
47 points in the final round. Mckee, who finished
4th overall, took home the women’s division
For full field
results, course statistics and photo gallery
Wyoming Junior Golf Tour Stops
The third stop on the 2010 Wyoming Junior Golf
Tour was Purple Sage
June 28th & 29th. Talented junior golfers
in six age divisions vied for the Southwest
Regional Stroke play title over the two days
of the championship. Local Evanston High School
Lym, claimed his first WJGT Regional
Title and the 150 Player of the Year points
that go along with it. Lym held a narrow one
stroke lead over Thayne
Balling of Cody in round one and
capped off a two stroke victory with a birdie
on the 18th hole. P.J.Thomas
of Riverton finished tied for 2nd along with
her stretch of WJGT Titles with another victory
in Evanston. Her two day total of 82-78 - 160
gave Bri her third consecutive WJGT win going
back to the 2009 WJGT Championship.
full results from this championship, click HERE.
Regional at Three Crowns
Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper once again
played host to the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour
and the USGA Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier.
Boys 17 and under with a handicap index of 6.4
or less were eligible to compete in both events
of Sheridan continued his impressive summer
by double-dipping to win both events. Not only
did Kamrin claim the WJGT Central Regional crown,
but also earned a spot in the 63rd U.S. Junior
Amateur Championship this July in Ada, MI.
Bri Sweeny took home her second
WJGT Regional Title of the season by overtaking
first round leader, Haley Shackelford
For photo gallery, full field results and course
statistics for this event, click HERE.
State Match Play Semifinals Set
After battling it out in the first round Friday morning and quarter finals in the afternoon, Semifinal matches are set for Saturday morning at Douglas Golf Club. Kamrin Allen of Sheridan, Eddie Stewart of Jackson, Chandler Andreen of Douglas and John Hornbeck of Saratoga will vie for the 35th WSGA Match Play Title. Allen, a senior-to-be at Sheridan High School, took down ’92 Champ, Todd Griffin, on the 19th hole with a 25-foot, downhill, double-breaking birdie putt. Stewart defeated University of Wyoming teammate, Michael May, 3 and 1, Andreen took down David O’Connell 2 and 1 and John Hornbeck made his way into the semi’s by way of a 3 and 2 victory over Morgan Splichal.
Matches start at 8AM tomorrow in Douglas. For full results of the 35th WSGA Match Play Championship, click HERE.
Championship Flight Set for State Match play
Todd Griffin captured Medalist Honors with a 1 under round of 70 at Douglas Golf Club as the conditions were tough and the stakes were high, with 16 spots in the championship flight up for grabs when the day began.
The competitors battled a stiff wind, making the 6,253 course a bit more difficult than it usually plays, resulting in any score under 80 being good enough to get into the championship flight. Griffin, the 1992 Match Play champion, was the only player out of the 39 trying to qualify to break par.
One shot back were Eric Parish and John Hornbeck, each firing rounds of even par 71, earning themselves the 2nd and 3rd seeds. University of Wyoming golfers Michael May, the 2007 Match Play champion, and Eddie Stewart grabbed the 4th and 5th seeds with matching rounds of 1 over 72.
Douglas locals were represented with Chandler Andreen (77), Jim Steever (77), and Todd Van Rensselaer (79) punching tickets into the championship flight. However, the highlight of the day was Troy May’s ace at the par 3 13th hole on his way to a round of 78.
The 16 players in the championship flight will join 64 others, making up 4 more flights, as they will battle for the crowns in their respective flights all day Friday and Saturday.
Wyoming Junior Golf Tour Stops in Evanston
The third stop on the 2010 Wyoming Junior Golf Tour was Purple Sage Golf Club, June 28th & 29th. Talented junior golfers in six age divisions vied for the Southwest Regional Stroke play title over the two days of the championship. Local Evanston High School senior-to-be, Dylan Lym, claimed his first WJGT Regional Title and the 150 Player of the Year points that go along with it. Lym held a narrow one stroke lead over Thayne Balling of Cody in round one and capped off a two stroke victory with a birdie on the 18th hole. P.J.Thomas of Riverton finished tied for 2nd along with Balling.
Worland's Bri Sweeny continued her stretch of WJGT Titles with another victory in Evanston. Her two day total of 82-78 - 160 gave Bri her third consecutive WJGT win going back to the 2009 WJGT Championship.
WJGT Central Regional at Three Crowns
June 21 - 22, 2010
Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper once again played host to the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour and the
USGA Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier. Boys 17 and under with a handicap index of 6.4 or less were eligible to compete in both events simultaneously.
Kamrin Allen of Sheridan continued his impressive summer by double-dipping to win both events. Not only did Kamrin claim the WJGT Central Regional crown,
but also earned a spot in the 63rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this July in Ada, MI.
took home her second WJGT Regional Title of the season by overtaking first round leader, Haley Shackelford of Gillette.
For photo gallery, full field results and course statistics for this event, click HERE.
WSGA Championships Filling Fast
The 2010 WSGA Championship Season will not official begin for another three weeks
at the 34th WSGA Match Play Championship at Cottonwood Country Club in
Torrington, June 3-5. However, many of this season events are filling
up in rapid succession. In fact it was the final event of the season that filled the fastest.The 11th WSGA Senior Amateur
Championship, to be contested at The Powder Horn, September 17-19, reached a full field of 160 players just over
12 hours after entries opened. The Match Play Championship was full in around 24 hours after entries opened. The WSGA Three
Person Championship at The Golf Club at Devils Tower, July 3-4, has only 12 team spots open.
There are still many other opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels to compete this season. In total there are
14 WSGA and WJGT Championships on the schedule.
To register, or for further information on available events, click HERE.
Maier to Compete at NCAA Regional
2009 WSGA Player of the Year, Gabe Maier of Cody, became the first Cowboy Golfer since 2002 to earn an individual bid to
compete in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Bremerton, WA, May 20-22. Prior to Maier, five-time WSGA Amateur Champion and
current Cody resident, Mike Urbatchka last accomplished this feat.
For the full article, click
Hall Named 2009 WSGA Women's Player of the Year
Click here for her accomplishments
2009 Players of the Year Named
|The 2009 Wyoming golf season has come to a close and
with it comes the opportunity to recognize players on their
performance. The Wyoming State Golf Association uses a
season long points list to determine players of the year
for junior boys, junior girls and men.
||Bri Sweeny, currently a
junior at Worland High School, capped off a successful
Wyoming Junior Golf Tour schedule with a victory at the
Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship. Sweeny had wins at
the WJGT Southwest Regional, WJGT Northeast Regional and
also finished second in the 3A Wyoming State High School
Championships. Sweeny also represented Team Wyoming at
the Junior America's Cup Matches in Utah this July.
||The Junior Boy Player of the Year for 2009
is Kamrin Allen of Sheridan. The talented
sophomore won the Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship,
the WJGT Southwest Regional, qualified for the championship
flight at the WSGA Match Play Championship, finished in
sixth place at the WSGA Amateur Championship and tied for
fourth place at the 4A Wyoming State High School Championships.
||Cody native and current University of Wyoming
Junior, Gabe Maier, is the Wyoming Men's
Player of the Year for 2009. In 2009 Maier was medalist
of the WSGA Match Play Qualifying, WSGA Amateur Champion
and low-amateur at the Colorado Open. His fine play continued
into the college golf season as Maier won the University
of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert California
||Falinda Hall of Cody was selected as
the 2009 WSGA Women's Player of the Year. Her accomplishments during
the 2009 Championship Season
were highlighted by capturing the WSGA Senior Amateur Championship
at Green Hills Golf Club in Worland. 2009 marks the second time that
Falinda has been named WSGA Women's Player of the year. She was honored
with the distinction for the first time in 2007.
WSGA Adds Event to 2010 Schedule
|The WSGA is pleased to announce an addition to the 2010
Championship Roster. Riverton Country Club will host
the 2010 WSGA Net Stableford Championship June 19 & 20,
|The scoring in the Net Stableford format is made by points
awarded in relation to par at each hole as follows:
|Hole Played In
|More than one over par or no score returned
|One over par
|One under par
|Two under par
|Three under par
|Four under par
A modified version of this popular format was made famous on the PGA Tour at
The International held at Castle Pines Country Club from 1986 through 2006.
|It is the aim of the WSGA to give a wide range of handicap
players the opportunity to compete for a State Championship
in an exciting format on a high quality golf course. Players
will be limited to a Handicap Index of 36.4 for men and
40.4 for women. The first 100 entries from active WSGA
Members will be accepted for this Championship.
|2009 tournament Results
||June 11 - 13
||Olive Glenn CC - Cody
|3 Person Scramble
||July 4 - 5
||Douglas Golf Club
| Men's Amateur
||July 16 - 19
|| Bell Nob, Gillette
||July 30 - August 2
||Paradise Valley - Casper
|| August 13 - 16
||Riverton Country Club
| W.S.G.A. Four-Ball
||September 11 - 13
|| Rochelle Ranch - Rawlins
||September 18 - 20
||Green Hills GC - Worland
|Regional Events will be expanded to a two day format.
Players ages 12 and under will play 9 holes each day while
those 13 and over will play 18 holes each day. Round one
starting times will be in the afternoon and round two starting
times will be in the morning to accommodate players traveling
from around the state.
|For more information on
the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour, click here.
A full field of 160 competitors met
at Green Hills Golf Course in Worland
to cap of the 2009 Wyoming State Golf
Association tournament season. Players
competed in seven age divisions as
well as the overall men’s and
women’s WSGA Senior Amateur Trophies
women’s division, Falinda
Hall of Cody captured her first WSGA
Senior Amateur Championship. Her 36-hole
total of 162 gave her a two shot edge
Andreen of Casper. Hall also won
the 50 to 59 year old women's division.
Carole Grosch and
| In the
60 and over women’s division, Carole
Grosch (L)of Worland took home first
Sharon Mathis (R)of
Casper was the net champion in
men’s side, Dave
Balling of Cody was also a first
time WSGA Senior Amateur Champion in
his first year of eligibility into the
event. Balling was a five shot winner
with rounds of 71-69 - - 140 and a four-under
par total. Tied for second place overall
was John Hull of Gillette
and Roger Sheaffer of Laramie.
Potter of Casper was the gross
winner of the men's 55-59 division
with a score of 153, one better than
Kent Jesperson of Cheyenne.
WSGA Four-Ball Championship
Wraps Up in Rawlins
The 2009 WSGA Four-Ball Championship was
hosted by Rochelle Ranch Golf Club in Rawlins.
In the four-ball stroke play format, two
competitors play as partners, each playing
his own ball. The lower score of the partners
is the score for the hole.
The team of Pat and Brenda Fernandez of
Cheyenne captured the mixed team portion
of the event. Their score of 162 was five
strokes better than the runner-up team of Duane
Kaiser and Dede Hunter.
Todd Griffin of Casper
and Morgan Splichal of Gillette
teamed to win the men's overall divion. Their
8-under par total of 136 put them one stroke
clear of Nate Wilson of
Sheridan and David O'Connell of
Evanston. Not only did Griffin and Splichal
earn the WSGA Four-Ball Trophy, but also
the right to represent Team Wyoming in the
2010 USGA Men's State Team Championship at
Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, CA.
here for complete results of the 2009 WSGA
WSGA Mid-Amateur Champions
The Wyoming State Golf Association crowned
two more State Champions on Sunday at Riverton
Country Club at the weather-shortened 21st
WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Heavy overnight
rains on Friday continued through Saturday
morning making the golf course unplayable
for the full field of 180 competitors and
shortening the 54-hole Championship to 36
Bowman of Parkman, WY captured
her third WSGA Mid-Amateur Title with
a one-stroke victory over defending
Smith of Sheridan. Smith held a
two-shot lead going into Sunday, but
was unable to hold off Bowman who took
a one-shot lead into the final nine
Bowman, Smith and Miranda
Bandemer, who finished in solo fourth place, will represent Wyoming
in the USGA State Team Championship to be conducted in Fort Wayne, IN September
Men’s Championship Division, Todd
Griffin of Casper captured his fourth
WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship and also
defended his title from a year ago. Griffin’s
six-under par total of 138 (71-68) put
him threeshots clear of Mark
Isakson of Sheridan (141), seven
shots over Nate
Wilson of Sheridan (145),and
nine shots ahead of first round leader, ScottBates of
Isakson, Wilson and Mike Urbatchka of Cody will represent Wyoming in the
USGA State Team Championship at St. Albans Country Club in St. Louis, MO
this September 20-25.
here for full results from the 21st WSGA
Jacoby Golf Club Hosts WJGT
The Wyoming Junior Golf Tour capped of its
seven event schedule with the WJGT Junior
Amateur Championship at Jacoby Park Golf
Course August 8-9, 2009. 84 boys and girls
from throughout the state traveled to Laramie
to compete in nine age divisions.
Sweeny of Worland capped off the summer
with a seven shot victory in the Girls’ Overall
Division. Sweeny’s total of 155 (74-81)
gave her the edge over Emily
Woodard of Cheyenne (81-81--162) and Emily
Podlesny of Green River (82-86--168).
Other girls’ division winners were
17-18 Girls: Morgan
Pearson of Gillette (86-83--169), 15-16
Girls: Sweeny (74-81—155), 13-14 Girls: Jandey
Shackleford of Gillette (125-121--246)
and 9-10 Girls: Kayla
Allen of Sheridan (138-77—215).
In the Boys’ Overall Division, Kamrin
Allen of Sheridan took home the trophy
with a two-day total of four-over par 144
Waxler of Riverton finished four shots
back at 148 (76-72).
Other boys’ division winners included
17-18 Boys: Waxler (76-72—148), 15-16
Boys: Allen (70-74—144), 13-14 Boys: Trey
Kidd of Casper (73-72—145), 11-12
Murdock IV (42-36—78), 9-10 Boys: Easton
Paxton (38-37—75), and 7-8 Boys: Treyton
complete 7-12 year old boys and girls results,
Complete 13-18 year old boys and girls
results, click here.
Podlesny Captures 87th WSGA
It was nothing but smooth sailing for Kelsey
Podlesny in the final round
of the 87th WSGA Women’s Amateur
Championship. The Green River native
and Weber State junior-to-be won The
Title going away with a nine-shot victory.
Her four over par total of 218 was capped
off by an even par 71 on Sunday at Paradise
Valley Country Club. Sue
Edwards of Powell finished
in second place at 227 and
Cheyenne was in solo third at 230.
Click on a player's name
complete tournament results, click
Women's Am Champion
Edwards - Championship Flight
Woodard - Championship Flight
Cleveland - Championship Flight
2nd Net - Peggy Buss Award
- 1st Flight
Holmes - 1st Flight
Marsh - 2nd Flight
Steever - 2nd Flight
Janet Thomas - 2nd
Byrum - 2nd Flight
Terri Marnell - 3rd
Logan - 3rd Flight
Ann Boyle - 3rd Flight
Zetner - 3rd Flight
43rd Pacific Coast Amateur
|Gabe Maier, Todd Griffin,
and Klinton Krieger represented the W.S.G.A
in Tucson, AZ, at the Pacific Coast Amateur
Tournament July 28 - 31, 2009.
here for scores from the Pacific Coast
Maier Captures 87th WSGA
After starting the day 4 strokes behind
second round leader, Todd
Griffin of Casper,
Gabe Maier , of Cody,fought back to capture the 87th WSGA
Amateur Championship at Bell Nob Golf Club in Gillette. The Junior-to-be
at the University of Wyoming played his last 11 holes at 5 under par. He
made a 30 foot birdie putt on the 71st hole and also birdied the 72nd hole
after his approach shot left him less than two feet from the hole. Maier's
birdie-birdie finish gave him a two shot victory over Cowboy teammate, Clinton
Boutelle of Cody.
The victory marked Maier's first WSGA
Amateur Championship and second WSGA Title
overall. Maier was the 2008 WSGA Match
Gabe Maier - Championship Flight
Bill McElroy - First Flight
Eugene Routledge - Second Flight
Sandy Routledge - Third Flight
Dustin Schmidt - 4th Flight
WSGA Three Person Caps off in Douglas
28 teams of three made their way to The Douglas Community Golf club over
the 4th of July weekend to compete in the WSGA Three Person Scramble. The
forecasted rain and thunderstorms subsided and competitors enjoyed two
days of beautiful weather and course conditions.
Eugene, Wendi and Sandy Routledge of
Gillette were victorious in the Mixed/Women’s
Division. Their two day total of 20-under
par 122 put them two shots clear of the
runner-up team from Gillette, Rick, Jenny
and Bill McElroy.
In the Men’s Division, the team
of Carl Andreen, Jim Steever and Todd
Van Rensselaer captured the title and
will keep the WSGA Three Person Trophy
at home in Douglas. Their two-day total
of 119 earned a two stroke victory over
Kevin MacManus, Dale Genoff, and Wayne
Miller of Casper.
complete results click here.
and Sandy Routledge - Mixed Flight
Jim Steever, and Todd Van Rensselaer
- Men's Flight Winners
WJGT Competes in Casper
On June 29th, 64 junior golfers from across the state met at Three Crowns Golf
Club in Casper to vie for the WJGT Central Regional Stroke Play Title. High temperatures
and low scores were the theme of the day on the challenging par 72 layout.
Emily Podlesny of Green River turned in an 18-hole score of 79 to take home
the girl’s title. Two strokes behind at 81 was Bri Sweeny of Worland,
followed by Emily Woodard of Cheyenne with a score of 85.
It took extra holes to decide the boy’s overall champion as Cameron
Lindell and Brandon Metzger, both of Sheridan, finished the day tied at two
over par 74. Lindell prevailed with a par on the first playoff hole.
WJGT Central Regional Results - - 18
Hole Tournament - - 9
WSGA Crowns First Champion of 2009
Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club was the site of the 33rd WSGA Match Play
Championship. Low scores were the theme as eight players shot par 72 or better
on Thursday's championship qualifying round. Defending champion, Gabe
Maeir of Cody, paced the field with a round of 7-under 65 to grab medalist
honors and the number one seed.
With wins over Barry King, Eddie
Stewart and Morgan Splichal, Klinton
Krieger of Cheyenne made his
way to the championship final where he
faced Clinton Boutelle of
Cody. In a match that was all square
through 16 holes, Krieger won
the 17th and 18th for a 2-up victory.
This was Krieger's second
WSGA Championship to go along with his
2006 WSGA Junior Amateur Title.
WJGT Travels to Evanston
The Wyoming Junior Golf Tour held its second Regional Event of the summer with
a trip to Purple Sage Golf Club in Evanston on June 22nd. Bri Sweeny of
Worland earned her first WJGT Title with a round of 83, four strokes ahead of Emily
Podlesney of Green River.
Sheridan's Kamrin Allen fired
a one-under par 71 to win his first
WJGT Event. In a closely contested
event, Allen was able to hold off Charlie
Stibor by one shot. Beau
Ehlers, Corey Vasa and Dylan
Lym finished two shots back
at one-over 73.
WJGT Kicks Off 2009 at Big
Horn Basin Regional Stroke Play
The first stroke of the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour was made by Sam Prestwich of
Powell at 8:00 a.m. on June 9, 2009.
The first event of the inaugural WJGT took place under blustery conditions
at Powell Golf Club with 30 junior golfers from throughout Wyoming participating. Shantel
Wright of Lander took overall honors for the girls with an 18-hole
total of 91. Dylan Templin of Cody was the overall winner
of the boys group. His even par 72 was good enough for a two shot victory over Kamrin
Allen of Sheridan.
Click here for complete
All WSGA/WJGT Championships
Open for Entry
The busy 2009 tournament season is just
around the corner and all 14 WSGA/WJGT Events
are now open for entry. A few reminders for
those using online tournament entry; first,
you must have an active GHIN Number in order
to enter WSGA Championships. If you are having
problems signing up for a WSGA Championship
online, it is most likely that your club
has not activated your GHIN for 2009. If
you are unsure whether or not you are active
on the GHIN System, contact your club and
they will be able to give you that information.
Second, if you are a junior golfer wanting
to compete in any of the WJGT Regional Events
or the State Junior Amateur Championship,
you must enroll in the WJGT Membership Program.
You do this by creating an account at the
tournament entry section of www.wygolf.org.
Once you have a username and password, click
the "Program Signup" link on the left-hand
side of the page and select "Wyoming Junior
If you have questions, or need assistance,
email email@example.com or
Country Club to Host USGA Handicap Seminar
The WSGA is pleased to announce that Cheyenne
Country Club will be part of the USGA’s
Handicap Seminar Schedule. On May 20th, 2009,
the USGA will come to Cheyenne to educate
those interested in learning more about the
USGA Handicap System and also to assist golf
clubs in achieving USGA Handicap Certification.
All clubs currently licensed within the
USGA Handicap System Licensing Program for
Clubs™ will remained licensed through
2011 as long as a club representative attends
a Handicap seminar and passes a test exhibiting
knowledge of the System during the term of
2008-2011. In addition the club must have
a signed license agreement in place with
the Wyoming State Golf Association or the
USGA prior to issuing a Handicap Index® to
The attendance of a club representative
is required during the 2008-2011 term. PGA
Professionals will receive Continuing Education
Credit for attending and the attendance of
WSGA members is encouraged.
For more information,
or to sign up for the Seminar online, click
on the following link:
New Executive Director
Effective September 30th, 2008, Jim Core
retired as Executive Director of the Wyoming
State Golf Association. Jim dedicated himself
to improving and growing the game of golf
in the state for more than 25 years. We thank
Jim for his years of services and wish him
the best in his retirement.
As of October 1st, 2008, Kyle Nuss assumed
responsibilities as Executive Director. Kyle,
a native of Thermopolis, comes to the WSGA
from the Texas Golf Association where he
served as Manager of Membership Services.
Prior to his time in Texas, Kyle worked with
the Nebraska Golf Association as a P.J. Boatwright
Kyle will handle all GHIN technical support,
USGA Course Rating, WSGA Championship, USGA
Handicap System and Amateur Status inquiries
you may have. Please send all future correspondence
Wyoming State Golf Association
100 N. Center St., Ste. 205
Casper, WY 82601
Office Phone: (307) 315-6105
Fax: (307) 315-6106
Thank you for your continued support of
the Wyoming State Golf Association. We
look forward to continuing the success
of golf in Wyoming.
W.S.G.A. Introduces Online
The Wyoming State Golf Association is pleased
to announce that all WSGA and WJGT Members
will now be able to register for WSGA and
WJGT Championships online and pay with a
credit card. Players will have instant feedback
as to their status in a particular championship
as well as information on the number of players
who have signed up, position on the waiting
list as well as open, close and withdrawal
dates for each event
Players can register for this service quickly
and easily by clicking here,
or on the link on the home page. Players
simply enter their GHIN Number and Last Name
or click the link “Register Without
GHIN Number.” From there, follow the
on-screen prompts selecting a username and
password then filling out the other pertinent
information. All information in the yellow
boxes must be filled in to complete registration.
Juniors golfers wanting to join the Wyoming
Junior Golf Tour and compete in any of the
six statewide events and State Junior Amateur
Championship, will follow the registration
steps above. Additionally, juniors must click
on the “Program Signup” link
on the left hand side of the page and register
for the WJGT to become eligible to compete
in WJGT Events.
Registration for this service will open
on April 1st and
all WSGA/WJGT Championships will open for
entry on April 12th.
For further questions or technical support
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307.315.6105.
If you experience any difficulty using this site, or have questions or comments,
please email us.