Lander

The Lander Tigers pulled off a double championship Friday at the Douglas Golf Course.

The Lander girls team made it two in a row with a total score of 602 to win the Wyoming State High School Class 3A Golf Championship. That was 13 shots better than runner-up Buffalo (615), with Torrington (617) finishing third.

On the boys side, the Tigers won their first state title since 2013, and seventh overall, after carding a 671. Host Douglas was second with a 690 and Star Valley was third with a 719.

Wheatland won last year’s title, which was reduced to a one-day affair because of the weather.

Individually, Lander’s Jaren Calkins shot a 72 on Friday to finish with a 143 and defeat defending champ Hudson Roling of Thermopolis by three strokes. The two entered the final day tied after shooting matching 71s on Thursday. Cody’s Christian Eissinger was a distant third with a 164.

Lander also got top-10 finishes from Wilson Brockie and Dominic Yates.

Torrington’s Caleigh Essert, who was second in 2015 and third last year, was in control throughout the two days to win her first state title. Essert shot a 157 (79-78) to knock off two-time defending state champion Macy Jacobson of Lander. Jacobson was second with a 171 (91-80), while Worland’s Katelin Schuerraman was third with a 186.

The Class 4A and Class 2A state tournaments are scheduled for Monday-Tuesday in Evanston and Sheridan, respectively.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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