Golfers endure winds, rain and lightning delay
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School golf teams dealt with a lot of weather for the Gary Nelson Memorial Tournament at Cottonwood Country Club, Friday.
Temperatures in the 50’s and gusty winds greeted golfers in the morning. A lightning delay stopped play for 45 minutes in the afternoon, and heavy rain fell off-and-on throughout the day.
DCHS head coach Tom McLaren said pace of play was slow, but that the rain shouldn’t have been much of a problem for the athletes.
“The wind is more of an issue than the rain. It’s been flipping around all over the place, but everyone’s enjoying the same weather,” he laughed.
DCHS senior Breilyn Riggin still managed to shoot a 97 and take fifth place on her home course despite the weather.
Tierney Messmer of Sidney took first with an 86, putting a lot of distance between her and teammates Shaelyn Bowlds (94) and Kaelyn Volk (97). The Lady Eagles took first, Miles City was second and Laurel was third.
Tyra Rowsey shot 114, and Hailey Cantrell was in the clubhouse at 135 to round out the DCHS varsity girls.
The Dawson boys struggled, but freshmen Trenton Reinhart managed 106, which was the lowest score by a Red Devil.
Miles City’s Deven Doughty blew away most of the competition with an 81, but his teammate Nick Anderson stuck on his heels with an 84. The performances were good enough to give the Cowboys the team championship, with Laurel finishing second and Sidney third.
DCHS junior Alec Christensen had his short game working, shooting 109 on the day thanks to some effective pitching and putting.
Sophomore Kane Knudson was third amongst Red Devils, closing with 111.
Caden Nierson shot 119 and Dalton Michelson finished at 126.
Ethan Carney, another DCHS freshman, shot an impressive 118 given the conditions. He could be the second freshman Devil on the varsity squad come next week if he continues to shoot well.
Rounding out the rest of the DCHS junior varsity was Andrew Svenvold, shooting 140. Dalton Vickers was two strokes back of Svenvold, and newcomer Nike Djiade shot 152 in his first competitive round.
The Red Devils are in Sidney on Saturday. The JV squad will play a round in Miles City on Monday, and the Billings Central Invitational tees off at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Golf Course on Thursday.