Six individuals and six teams were crowned Wyoming High School State Golf Champions for the 2021 season on Saturday.
There was a four-time individual champion and three repeat individual champions. One team won a fourth consecutive title, while the other five champions were new for 2021, including two winning a tag team championship for the first time in school history.
Thermopolis senior Hardy Johnson capped his prep golf career with a dominating effort on his home course for a fourth consecutive state championship. After a first round 77 and an eight stroke lead, Johnson blistered the Thermopolis golf course with a final round 68. Johnson won 19 strokes over his younger brother, Hadley Johnson. Hardy finished with a total of 145 in two rounds, while Hadley finished at 166. Logan Timberman of Upton was third with 175.
The Bobcats have won the tag team title for the fourth year in a row and the sixth time in the past eight seasons. After being tied with Kemmerer after matchday one, Thermopolis won by 40 shots in the team standings. The Upton boys placed third.
On the women’s side, Upton’s Brooklyn Materi escaped on the last lap and came back as the girls’ medalist in Class 2A. Materi held a two-stroke lead after Friday. She shot 86 on the last 18 holes and won by 14 stroke margin with a total of 180. Sheridan Schubarth of Sundance was second at 194 and Elizabeth Holbrook of Big Horn was third at 199.
Led by Materi, the Upton girls won the tag team crown for the first time in school history. They won by 96 shots with a team total of 627. Tongue River was second.
Both individual champions are repeat winners of 2020, as sophomores Erika Cook of Lovell and Parker Paxton of Riverton finished in first place at the Lander Golf Course.
Cook shot rounds of 74 and 76 and won by 15 strokes with a total of 150 in two rounds. She was the only golfer on the course to have both rounds in the 1970s. Isabell Salas of Green River was second (165) while Lily Nichols of Wheatland was third (168).
The Wheatland Bulldogs won the Tag Team Championship for the first time in school history. They had a total of 556 over two days thanks to three top-eight golfers. Green River was second at 558, while Lovell was third at 577.
Paxton won his second consecutive title with a more decisive victory. He shot 66 and 64 for a total of 130. Paxton’s margin of victory was 11 shots. He was the only golfer to shoot back-to-back rounds in the 1960s. Karsten Simmons of Worland placed second at 141, while Cody’s Hunter Hall placed third with a total of 148.
Riverton won the 3A Boys’ Tag Team Championship. Aided by Paxton, they shot 633 and won by 22 shots on Worland. The Wolverines won their fifth boys’ golf title in school history. Buffalo came third in the team standings.
The two Class 4A medalists came from behind in the final round and won their first-ever state championship.
Kelly Walsh’s Haily Kalus won the Women’s State title with a total of 162 over two days. His last lap 78, one of only two in the 70s on the pitch, helped Kalus win by one stroke. Sheridan’s Gabi Wright, who shared the lead after the first round, placed second. Defending champion Samantha Spielman of Sheridan was third, two strokes behind.
Sheridan had four of the top eight golfers and dominated en route to the tag team championship by 29 strokes. Their team total was the third state title in women’s golf in the school’s history.
Sheridan’s Brock Owings came back from behind with a final round of 79 and won his first Boys State Golf Championship. Owings finished with two laps at 155. He clinched a three-stroke victory over Jackson’s Hayes Millham. Defending champion Jackson McClaren of Laramie was third with 161.
The Jackson Broncs rallied to a two-stroke deficit and won the tag team crown by four strokes over Kelly Walsh. Jackson finished at 665 for the second men’s golf championship in school history. This is their first crown in class 4A. Sheridan was third with 670.
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