WHEATLAND – Last September in adverse weather the new state of Wyoming golf runner-up was crowned at Purple Sage Golf Course in Evanston, Wyoming. Though the Bulldog girls played in adverse conditions, they shot a team score of 558, just three strokes shy of the state championship.
The rest of the state better get used to seeing Wheatland at the top of the leaderboard for years to come as the young team of Lily Nichols, Macy Jones, Bryley Waring and Lola Philo took the top three individual medal positions in their own tournament Aug. 12 – 13 at the Wheatland Golf Course.
In the Varsity Invitational there were six girls teams represented, Wheatland, Douglas, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne Central, Torrington and Laramie. The Lady Bulldogs recorded a 562 team score almost 100 strokes ahead of Laramie, the closest competitor who had a score of 658.
“Our girls team was led by medalist winner sophomore to be Lily Nichols who averaged 93 strokes over the course of two days,” said head coach Tony Nichols. “Sophomores Macy Jones and Bryley Waring came in a close second and third. The girls won the team title as well. Every girl on our team has the ability to lead our team week in and week out. In fact, we need each girl to adapt the mentality that they have the ability to win each week. If our gals can embrace that mindset, we can meet our ultimate goal. Our girls team’s end goal this season has not changed from last year, which is to win the 3A state championship. After placing second at state last year by three strokes, we are hoping to bring home a state title to Wheatland.”
Final scores for the girls, Nichols, 185, Jones, 188, Waring, 189 and Philo 222 who came in eighth on the leaderboard.
The Bulldog boys also young showed well coming in as a team with a score of 812. There were nine teams represented in the boys tournament with Wheatland, Glenrock, Rawlins, Torrington, Cheyenne South, Douglas, Cheyenne East, Laramie and Cheyenne Central. Laramie won the team title with a score of 696.
For the boys, freshman Dylan Nelson was the team leader with a 194 followed by Brecken Dandlian with a 200, Caden Davis with a 207, Matthew Wakkuri with a 216 and Ethan Jackson with a 226.
“Our boys’ team average for two days hovered around 100,” Nichols said. “We were led by freshmen Dylan Nelson and Brecken Sandlian, who respectively averaged 97 and 100 over the course of two days. Moving forward, I can honestly say that our boys team could have a different leader each week because their skillsets are very comparable.”
The teams will be on the lynx again Aug. 19 as they travel to Rawlins. Last weekends match was the only home event that the Bulldogs have on their schedule.
“Our coaching staff is grateful that we have been blessed with a very coachable group of young athletes that truly seem to enjoy spending time on the golf course,” Nichols said. “The majority of our players dedicated time this summer to improving their game which we believe will pay dividends this season. Our staff is excited that we now have the opportunity to consistently post a boys and girls team score each week.
“We have the luxury of hosting the first tournament each fall, and I believe that was a huge advantage for our golfers since the majority of them are underclassmen. With that said, we were very impressed with the performance of both the boys and girls teams in their first tournament of the season.”