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Friday, December 15, 2017

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DCHS golf teams get down to swinging

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School golf team started its season in Sidney on Thursday. The weather was nearly perfect for the first golf tournament of the year, but the lack of rain over the week left greens firm and fast.

The DCHS boys were working on their short game as the girls got in a round on Wednesday — the last day of practice before competition began. Golfers just need three practices under their belts in order to compete in their first meet, and the Red Devils had just a week to get those three practices in at Cottonwood Country Club. 

Head coach Tom McLaren said the course is in “great shape” and that the greens have been firm and fast. Recent rain might slow them down a bit before the Red Devils host the Eastern A on the course, Tuesday at 9 a.m.

It wasn’t surprising that senior Breilyn Riggin put up the lowest score for the Red Devils with a 98 in Sidney, but the Sidney Lady Eagles displayed their familiarity with their home course, with four girls shooting 96 or lower. Riggin was third in the Eastern A last year, and it looks like the competition has stiffened this year. Her first score on the same course last year was 93.

Joining Riggin on the very small Lady Devil squad are juniors Tyra Rowsey and Hailey Cantrell. While the team is small in number, it’s big on experience. Rowsey shot 115 and Cantrell shot 120, and although the girls won’t qualify for State as a team, the Lady Devils can still make it to Hamilton on their individual scores at Divisionals on a course in Sidney they should be familiar.

“We play that course twice this year, so that’s nice,” McLaren commented. “State could end up moved depending on the fire situation. There’s one burning by one of the courses out there.”

State is currently scheduled to be held in Hamilton on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, but the Roaring Lion Fire has burned 8,465 acres just southwest of Hamilton and is still active.

The big surprise from the boys’ team was freshman Trenton Reinhart shooting 103 as a junior-varsity competitor. It was the lowest score a Red Devil would shoot on the day, and it would be surprising if Reinhart hasn’t earned a spot on varsity for the Cottonwood meet on Tuesday.

“He’s been working really hard,” a McLaren said.

The boys have a full roster but should have had more. Two players aren’t eligible due to their grade-point average during the spring semester, one of which would have been Dawson’s top golfer. Instead, sophomore Kane Knudson stepped into the top spot and shot 115. Knudson saw some time on varsity as a freshman last season and should play a big role this year.

Also returning to the team is junior Alec Christensen and sophomores Caden Nerison, Dalton Vickers and Andrew Svenvold. Nerison tied Knutson’s 115 on Thursday. Christensen shot 127, Vickers was in the clubhouse at 142, and Svenvold shot 149. New to the team is freshman Ethan Carney, who didn’t participate in the first meet of the year. 

Sidney, Miles City and Laurel will all be at Cottonwood Country Club for the DCHS home golf meet on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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