by Kurtis Workman
Press Staff Writer
Home field advantage is an advantage for a reason and the American Falls High School golf teams took full advantage of playing on their home course Wednesday, March 26, hosting the AF 2A/4A Invitational, including teams from Grace, Preston and Soda Springs, by sweeping the tournament.
For the second week in a row Andrew Cortez posted the lowest round for the varsity boys. Cortez took first place on Wednesday, March 19, with a score of 74 to win the AF 3A Invitational. This week he dropped four strokes ending the day at 70 after 18 holes tying for medalist honors with Sawyer Jensen of Preston.
Austin Torres tied for second at 80 strokes last week. This week Torres improved by six strokes notching a 74 for the day picking up third place.
Overall the AFHS boys’ varsity golf team comprised of Cortez, Torres, Chase Woodworth and Nathan Love shot 318, defeating second place Soda Springs by 27 strokes.
Coach Doug Good said he was happy with the improvements.
“This was a very strong performance on the boys’ side. Everyone gave a good, strong effort,” said Good.
Woodworth shot an 85 and Love finished the round with an 89.
On the girls’ side Hunter Funk dropped nine strokes from the previous week coming into the clubhouse with a 105 and grabbing third place. Janessa Bauer finished just one stroke behind Funk at 106. Bauer shaved eight strokes off her score from the previous week.
“These were personal bests for Funk and Bauer today. The girls had a nice balanced attack,” said Good.
The girls’ team of Funk, Bauer, Alexa Barrett and Tiffani Andersen won the invitational tournament with a score of 454, 11 strokes ahead of second place Grace.
Barret scored 110 and Andersen ended the day at 133.
There were no girls’ junior varsity teams at the tournament, but American Falls, Soda Springs and Grace were able to roster boys’ J.V. teams. Individually the Beavers grabbed two individual winners with Bryan Lankford placing first with an 80 and Chase Fehringer coming in second with a 90. The American Falls High School boys’ junior varsity team of Lankford, Fehringer, T.J Wasia and Michael Mainord, placed first overall with a score of 407, 52 strokes ahead of second place Soda Springs.
Wasia finished the round at 108 and Mainord scored a 120 for the day.
Good said he was happy with the overall outcome of the tournament.
“Anytime you can sweep a tournament you have to be pleased,” Good said.
The Beaver golfers were to have played at Juniper Hills Country Club on Monday, March 31, however that tournemanet has been postponed until Thursday, April 3, weather permitting. The Beavers are also scheduled to play in the Snake River Invitational at the Blackfoot Golf Course today Wednesday, April 2, again weather permitting.
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