CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Just two days after capturing its season-opening tournament in Sidney, the Scottsbluff boys golf team added another title to their winning haul by claiming the championship of the Cheyenne Invitational on Friday at Airport Golf Course in Cheyenne, Wyo.
The Bearcats set a new season low of 304 to win by six shots over Cheyenne East, who finished runner-up with a 310. Cheyenne Central and Casper Kelly Walsh tied for third with scores of 311.
The 304 Scottsbluff carded was 10 shots better than the 314 it shot in Sidney on Wednesday.
“It was a pretty good day,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “That’s our best score so far this year, and it’s the best score we’ve had in a couple of years. We were right around 300, and that’s eventually what we want to break.”
For the second straight tournament, the Bearcats were bolstered by four individual medalists.
Andrew Holloway led the way by finishing in a tie for second with a 72. That score was two shots better than his winning tally in Sidney.
Michael Hadden finished in a tie for sixth with a 75, which was his season low by three shots.
Freshman Jonah Wright shaved seven strokes off his season best to place 13th with a 78.
Scottsbluff’s other medalist was Koy Potthoff, who finished 14th with a 79. It was Potthoff’s second round in the 70s as he had a 77 in Sidney.
Also for the Bearcats, Jared Pilkington finished with a 96.
“Those are pretty decent scores this early with the course conditions the way they are,” Klein said. “We played the ball up in Sidney where you can move it around everywhere. We played it down today and you get a lot of bad lies around the greens. I saw a lot of scolded balls going over greens. I thought today’s score was a lot better than Sidney’s score was.”
The par 70 Airport Golf Course proved to be in very good playing condition. It’s the same course in which the Wyoming Open is contested on.
“It’s a different type of course,” Klein said. “You can miss the fairway by a step and just be unplayable in a pine tree. It’s a decent layout. You have to hit the ball straight or you get penalized.”
Scottsbluff will now be off from tournament competition until the Bearcats enter the Gothenburg Invite on April 18. That will begin a brutal stretch of action in which Scottsbluff will play four tournaments in the span of only five days.