The Lovell High School golf team traveled to Jackson for the 3A West Regional Tournament Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 17-18, with the boys placing fifth out of the seven teams that participated in the tournament.
The Bulldogs shot a 386 on Wednesday and a 394 Thursday for a team total 780 to finish fifth ahead of Powell and Cody.
The top scorer for the Bulldog boys was senior CJ Murphey as he shot 43-47=90 on Wednesday and 50-39=89 on Thursday to place ninth with a 179.
“He played well,” Coach Jason Beal said. “The second day he started off a little bit slow but finished strong.”
Senior McKay Baxendale placed second for the Bulldogs with a 47-48=95 on Wednesday and a 52-46=98 on Thursday for a 193. Placing third among the Lovell squad members was junior Hunter Tippetts, who shot a 48-51=99 on Wednesday and a 47-51=98 on Thursday for a two-day total of 197.
“McKay and Hunter both had consistent rounds on both Wednesday and Thursday,” Beal said.
Other golfers competing for the Lovell boys squad were sophomore Lane Hoover, who shot a 51-51=102 on Wednesday and a 54-60=114 on Thursday for a 216, and senior Justin Mickelson, who shot a 133 on Wednesday, but improved by 24 strokes to shoot a 109 on Thursday to finish with a 242.
Lovell’s lone female golfer, Cassi Colvin, shot a 127 on Wednesday and a 114 on Thursday to finish the tournament with a 240 score.
“The rest of the team had a good showing on a difficult course,” Beal said. “Lane shot well in the first round and then struggled a little bit the second day. Justin and Cassi had a difficult first round, but came on strong the second round.”
The Bulldogs will now travel to the 3A State Tournament at the Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club Golf Course in Cody Friday and Saturday. The tournament is set to begin on both days at 9 a.m.
By Sam Smith