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Golf teams compete at Purple Sage

Junior Jordyn Horsley hits her second shot on Hole 16 of Evanston’s Purple Sage Golf Course. Horsley improved her two-day total by 24 strokes over her effort last year on the same venue. (Photos by KELLY FULLMER)

• Snake River Shootout is this week

The SVHS Golf teams were back in action this past week on August 17-18 as they traveled to Evanston to play the Purple Sage Course and the Red Devil Invite. The boys team was without the services of top player and returning all-stater, P.J. Horsley.

“He has inflamed tendons in his elbow, ironically from playing too much golf,” replied head coach Kelly Fullmer. “His scores are vital to our boys team’s success going into the state qualifier in just a little over two weeks, so we hope he heals up quickly and feels better.”

The core group of varsity boys were all within a few strokes of each other.

“We played junior Sean Stout in our number one position, and our faith in him was justified as he led the team in scoring,” Fullmer continued. “Although no golfer stood out with exceptional play, all our varsity played steady, good golf. The three boys we took as designated junior varsity players carded scores very close or equal to the varsity scores showing the depth we have this season, something we have not always enjoyed.”

The Lady Braves are also enjoying a deep squad this season.

“We took five girls to the tournament, proud that we not only could we field a full girls team, but also that we left five junior varsity girls at home,” Fullmer continued. “We have ten girls on the team this season, the most of for any team I’ve encountered so far showing not only the interest in golf our valley but also the desire of our girls to get involved in a sport.”

“Junior Jordyn Horsley led the Lady Braves to a competitive team score on a tough, long golf course—a course that resembles our own only in the fact that it has 18 holes. One of the biggest challenges in golf is having to adapt to different courses and playing conditions each week.”

That ability to adapt will be on display this week as the SVHS teams will join with Jackson Hole High School in what has been coined the Snake River Shootout. The week will have a round at Teton Pines in Jackson on Wednesday and then at Cedar Creek at Star Valley Ranch on Thursday. A total of six teams are expected to compete.

Junior Sean Stout tries to wedge one close onto a green in Evanston. Stout, who played on last year’s varsity team, returns this season as one of the top players. (Photos by KELLY FULLMER)

Evanston Invite Results

Star Valley Boys Varsity

Sean Stout 88 / 83 / 171

Benson Ordyna 86 / 86 / 172

Brigham Ordyna 89 / 84 / 173

Aiden Decora 88 / 86 / 174

Jack Nield 85 / 94 / 179

JV Boys

Bran Fullmer 88 / 96 / 184

Kellan Stout 88 / 96 / 184

Tayt Lawson 100 / 87 / 187

Boys Team Scores

Evanston 308 / 298 / 606

Jackson 335 / 315 / 650

Pinedale 351 / 331 / 682

Star Valley 347 / 339 / 686

Rock Springs 342 / 349  691

Kemmerer 383 / 388 / 771

Green River 411 / 378 / 789

Lyman 449 / 409 / 858

Star Valley Girls Varsity

Jordyn Horsley 87 / 89 / 176

Sheridan Coles 99 / 105 / 204

Kambree Johnson 106 / 110 / 216

Kate Ricks 130 / 114 / 244

Girls Team Scores

Evanston 275 / 268 / 543

Jackson 283 / 303 / 586

Star Valley 292 / 304 / 596

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