Lovell High School senior Lane Hoover and junior Kyle Wolvington earned All-State honors for the LHS golf team by placing in the top 10 at the Class 2A State Tournament Friday and Saturday in Gillette that was hosted by Moorcroft.
The meet was shortened to a one-day tournament due to rain canceling day two of the tournament.
As a team, the Bulldogs placed eighth with a score of 451, eight points behind Tongue River and 38 points ahead of host team Moorcroft.
“The state golf tournament was a really fantastic culminating event for our golf team,” coach Craig Lundberg said. “I can’t begin to say how proud I am of those that came out for golf this year. Then, to top it off, we ended up getting two kids in the top 10, and having them both be All-State was truly a highlight for me.”
Individually, Hoover placed fourth by shooting an 89, one stroke behind Colby Uran of Midwest and one stroke ahead of Wyatt Sigel of Sundance-Hulett.
“I know that Lane has worked tirelessly in the off-season to become a better golfer and to have him go out with his All-State medal is awesome,” Lundberg said.
Wolvington just made the top 10 by shooting a 96, tying with Dylan Miller of Lusk, and was two strokes ahead of Nathaniel McAdoo of Big Horn.
“Kyle is in the same boat,” Lundberg said. “When he first started out, his scores were not exactly where he wanted them to be, but he kept working and he was also able to receive an All-State award.”
Other Bulldogs golfers were sophomore Brandon Holzer, who shot a 120 at State, freshman Carson Wagner, who shot a 146, and sophomore Zach Abraham, who shot a 150 at the tournament.
“I know that Brandon Holzer had very high expectations with how he wanted to do at State and I really think he put too much pressure on himself,” Lundberg said. “Brandon has come a long way this season and has improved tremendously. If he keeps working at the game, I think he can be a really consistent golfer for us.
“Carson and Zach both came into golf this fall with really no experience. I know that the state tournament didn’t go how they wanted it to, either. Both of them are capable of much better scores then they posted. I felt bad for them because they did not play to their potential. However, they should look on the bright side of things and see how much they improved over the course of just six weeks.”
Freshman Kirk Thomas, sophomore J.R. Dickson and junior Kendal Rasmussen were on the team but did not compete at the state tournament.
“All of our golfers improved from the start of practice until the end,” Lundberg said. “Kirk and J.R came every day to practice and you could see that they were starting to get it and gain more confidence.
“Kendal Rasmussen came out and I enjoyed her being there. She made great improvement.”
Now with the fall golf season over, the Bulldog golfers will look forward to the spring season with Lovell scheduled to participate in the Worland Invitational April 6, 2017.
“I’m excited for the spring golf season and I really hope that we can get some more athletes out here to compete for us,” Lundberg said. “Golf may seem like a pretty simple game in theory, but reality tells a totally different story. It’s a fabulous game and something that I hope more youth in our community start thinking about.”
By Sam Smith