The American Falls High School golf team has had a successful start to its season and has played a number of tournaments these last couple of weeks. The varsity boys’ team currently consists of seniors Janson Worton, George Barrett and Logan Mower, junior Chase Woodworth, and sophomore Austin Torres. The girls’ team fields three seniors with McKenzie Garner, Charidee Permann and Faby Villa, sophomore Hunter Funk, and freshmen Janessa Bauer and Alexa Barrett. The boys JV team currently consists of Nathan Love, Christian Nicks, Chase Fehringer, TJ Wasia and Travis Dahlke.
The teams’ first outing was hosting the 3A teams of the district and Preston on Wednesday, March 27. The teams performed very well on their home course and almost swept the tournament. Both boys and girls varsity teams won the team competitions, with the boys’ varsity carding a team score of 322. In second place was Marsh Valley, with a team score of 359 followed by Snake River with a 361. Individual honors went to American Falls’ Austin Torres, posting an impressive early season round of 74. He was followed by Sawyer Jensen of Preston with a 75 and teammate Logan Mower, carding an 81.
On the girls’ varsity side, American Falls again posted the team victory, with a team total of 420, followed by Marsh Valley’s team score of 490. Individual honors went to AF senior McKenzie Garner, shooting a solid round of 86, followed by Snake River’s Hannah Murdock at 92 and Shae Davids rounding out the top three with a 104.
The following week, the boys’ team traveled to Juniper Hills Country Club on Monday, April 1, for the annual Century team match play competition. The varsity boys’ teams included Barrett and Torres as the number one group, Worton and Woodworth as number two, and Mower and Fehringer as number three. The tourney scheduled some tough match ups for the American Falls boys, as all teams played larger Pocatello schools. In the end, the team of Barrett and Torres defeated a team from Century, while the teams of Worton and Woodworth and Mower and Fehringer lost to teams from Highland and Pocatello respectively. The West team, of which American Falls was a part, lost to the East by a final point tally of 11 – 7.
Two days later, the American Falls varsity teams competed in the Snake River Invitational tournament, held at the challenging Blackfoot Golf Course. While the American Falls girls again came out on top, the boys did not fair as well. The girls’ team won the tourney, with a team score of 456. Second place went to Bear Lake with a 567. Individually, Snake River’s Hannah Murdock edged out American Falls’s McKenzie Garner, shooting a 92 on her home course, with Garner close behind her with a 94. Third individually went to April Beck of Aberdeen with a 96. On the boys’ side, the American Falls boys finished third in the tournament, with a team score of 360. First place went to Aberdeen, with a score of 353. Second went to Snake River, with a team score of 356. Individual honors went to Kollin Keller of Snake River, carding a score of 83. American Falls’ Janson Worton tied two others for second with an 86.
American Falls continues their schedule this week, with both varsity teams traveling to Highland Golf Course for the Gate City Invitational Thursday, April 11. The shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. On Friday, March 12, the varsity girls and JV boys travel to Lava Hot Springs for a tournament hosted by Marsh Valley.