Golfers start the 14-15 season off early.

Normally, the state requires X amount of practices before a season starts.  Golf, however, isn't one of them.   Most athletes have been playing all summer and are ready for the season.  Therefore, teams have already hit the links, four days into the official allowed practice time.

Five of the six state champions from a year ago are back to defend.   The lone winner NOT back is Kacie O'Connor of Sundance who graduated last May.   Those back include 2A Boys Champion Denton Shaw of Lusk; Carson Walker of Star Valley and Sydney Gunn of Cody who were 3A winners; and 4A champs, Easton Paxton, a sophomore from Riverton, and Kalle Lunsford, a Senior from Evanston.

4A Preview:

It could be Easton Paxton and everyone else.  As a freshman, Paxton won the 4A title by 11 strokes.  He's had a solid summer and is ready to go again this year.  He won the local US open Qualifier among other tournaments including the Wyoming Match Play event in Worland.   Others that will push him are John Murdock IV of Laramie who finished third last year.   Murock will be on his home course for state.  Drew Petrie, KW, Bryce Francois and Jared Edeen of Central, and Brock Ehlers of Evanston will contend as well.

For the girls, Kalle Lunsford of Evanston is back to defend her title.  Others that will be in the title hunt are Caitlyn Skavhal of Natrona, Eryn Ellis of Natrona, Bailee Watt from KW, and Jacquie Perdue from Laramie.   The Natrona girls were team champions a year ago with KW 2nd.

2A and 3A Preview coming soon.

Results:

Riverton Invite:

Easton Paxton stormed back on the final holes on the 2nd day to win on his own course. He would shoot -3 to defeat Pinedale Junior Jordan Costello by a stroke. Eryn Ellis of Natrona won the girl's side. Teamwise, both 4A defending champions were winners. Riverton put five in the top ten to win handily on the boys' side. NC's girls went 1-2 and had four in the top ten to win the lady's side.

Star Valley Invite:

Day Two was rained out after 9 holes, so they scored it was a one day, 18 hole event. Brady Fullmer of Star Valley shot a 75 to win over JJ Gill of Jackson by 3 strokes. The Braves put five in the top ten to win the Boy's title. Defending 3A Champion Sydney Gunn of Cody shot a 76 to win by 8 strokes. Cody won the girl's title as well.

Wheatland Invite:

Lusk's Denton Shaw, the defending 2A Champion, won the Wheatland invite by 7 strokes. Moriah Farden, of Cheyenne East, was the girls winner winning by 16 strokes over Sara Kostur of Torrington.  (First names not provided).  Torrington won the boy's title while Douglas was the girl's winner.

Sheridan invite

Laramie's John Murdock won the boy's medalist honors while Kayla Allen of Sheridan was the girl's winner. Team wise, Sheridan won the girls with Central winning the boy's crown.