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Tin Cup

Kelly Walsh's Logan Hensley hits a drive during the annual Tin Cup against Natrona County Sept. 8, 2018 at Paradise Valley Country Club.

The Kelly Walsh boys had the top-four finishers to win the Class 4A West Conference spring golf tournament Tuesday at Rolling Green Country Club in Green River.

Logan Hensley, last fall’s runner-up at the state championships, carded a 137 to lead the two-time defending state champs. He was followed by teammates Russel Sprecher (143), Taj Sutherland (144) and Austin Neuman (152). Evanston’s Braxton Lind also had a 152 to tie Neuman for fourth place.

On the girls’ side, Natrona County had four golfers in the top 10 to take the team title. Sophie Spiva was the top golfer for the Fillies, finishing third with a 167. Cami Langley was fourth with a 168, Roselyn Brownell was fifth with a 170 and Jordan Vanetti eighth with a 183.

Defending state champion Kyra Sponenburgh of Evanston took home individual medalist honors with a 153 to finish 12 strokes ahead of Kelly Walsh’s Jocelyn Olson.

Host Green River, Rock Springs, Laramie and Jackson also competed.

The Class 2A spring golf championships were held over the weekend at the Kendrick Golf Course and Hidden Bridge Golf Club in Sheridan with the Kemmerer boys and the Tongue River girls winning the team titles.

Tongue River junior Sadie Koltiska shot a pair of 88’s across the two rounds to win the girls’ individual title by 13 strokes. Her effort helped the Eagles win the team championship by 14 strokes. Mackenzie Aksamit finished 10th to help the Eagles rebound from a third-place finish at the 2A state championship in the fall.

“Tongue River doesn’t have a golf course in the valley so we drive about 40 minutes each way to practice,” Eagles head coach Robert Griffin told the Star-Tribune. “So to see all that work pay off was really cool.”

Hardy Johnson, the Thermopolis standout who won the individual championship in the fall, repeated that feat in the spring by shooting a 145. The Bobcats held off Kemmerer during the fall by 2 strokes but were unable to do so again, as the Rangers won the team title by 28 strokes.

Ben Wergin, Kemmerer’s leading individual, finished third and was the only member of the winning team to finish inside the top 10.

Thermopolis was unable to close the gap on the Rangers due to the drop-off in strokes after Johnson and ninth-place Jeffry Clark. Those two finished inside the top 10 but the nearest Bobcat after that finished in 31st.

Lusk took third, Sundance finished fourth, Tongue River earned fifth, followed by Wright and Lovell. Tongue River’s Nick Summers, who tied for third during the fall season, was the only individual within 27 strokes of the individual medalist, finishing 7 strokes back for silver.

While Tongue River took most of the girls’ glory, Kemmerer’s Olivia Neilson helped the Rangers to second place with her own silver-medal outing. Wright standout Vicky Van Vleet, the individual champion from the fall, struggled through the first round and finished eighth.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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