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Good weather finally allows PHS golfers to compete

After two weeks of very poor weather and back-to-back canceled tournaments, the Powell High School golf team “had a great day in Sheridan to get back on the course” on Friday, said coach Troy Hildebrand.

“The Kendrick golf course is very well taken care of and is a nice course for our players to gain some valuable tournament experience,” Hildebrand said.

The PHS boys golf team took four competitors to Sheridan: Treven Keeler, Crandall Sanders, Aidan Smith and Austin Asher. For the girls, Mycah Wainscott represented the Lady Panthers.

Keeler led the team with a 98.

“[Keeler] played OK by his standards, but the time off between tournaments definitely had an effect on all of our players,” said Hildebrand. “[Keeler] does a good job of keeping his head and keeping sight of his goals during a round. I expect him to play well in our final tournament in Worland this week.”

Sanders posted a 100.

“[Sanders] is doing a good job of battling through every round he plays,” said Hildebrand. “He is hitting a lot of good shots but he seems to have a couple holes each round that kind of derail his score. As he gets more experience and keeps on growing he will only get better and better.”

In Smith’s first high school tournament, he shot a 115.

“He did a great job of figuring things out and putting together a decent score for the day,” Hildebrand said of Smith. “He worked hard all fall and has done the same this spring so far. He is improving all the time and I know that he will work hard this summer to come back battling for a spot on the traveling team next fall.”

Asher scored a 116.

“[Asher] didn’t play as well as he normally does Friday, but to his credit he keeps a great attitude and is always looking for ways to improve his game,” Hildebrand said, adding, “he has come a very long way in his three years with us and I appreciate how he handles himself during good rounds and tough ones.”

Wainscott, who just joined the PHS golf team this spring, shot a 123.

“While [Wainscott] had some on-course experience, this was her first-ever tournament round and also the first time that she had ever played 18 holes in one day,” Hildebrand said. “She did an outstanding job of working her way around the course and gaining some tournament experience. We are in a position to possibly have a girls team next fall and [Wainscott] will be a very valuable piece of that team.”

Friday’s tournament in Worland will be the final event of the spring season for the PHS golfers.

“We may have an opportunity to get a couple more players into that tournament and it is always exciting for them to get that first experience in a tournament setting,” said Hildebrand. “While the weather has been pretty hit and miss this spring, I have been pleased with the work that this core group has put in and I hope that they continue growing their games throughout the summer in preparation for next fall in our competitive season.”

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