Competitive season ahead

Bulletin photo by Jonny Clinton

Tayden Roadifer chips onto the green Monday at the Buffalo Golf Club as the Buffalo High School boys golf team goes through one of a pair of qualifying rounds before heading to Sheridan Thursday and Friday. The Bison and Lady Bison golfers will host a tournament next week at the club.

After dipping their toes in the water in Powell and Cody in the Park County Tournament last week, the Buffalo High School golf team will head to Kendrick Golf Course in Sheridan on Thursday and Friday with a full squad and something they haven’t had the last couple of seasons – plenty of competition pushing for a spot in the varsity rotation.

“We’re having a couple of qualifying rounds this week,” coach Tim Marton said. “Right now we have three, maybe four solid players. We’re trying to find that kid that fits that fifth slot for the boys. It’s a good position to be in.”

The ladies return three players who bring in plenty of experience in Riley Tomich, Sidney Hall and Darian Mehling. It could be a breakout year for Mehling coming off a successful 2018 season.

The senior is coming off the Park County Tournament where she posted one of the top girls scores to start out the competition in Powell with an 89.

“Sidney is consistent and Riley has gotten to play quite a bit,” Marton said. “Darian is set to have a good season. She has a good short game and can drive it. The girls are going to keep getting better all season. We’re glad we’ll be able to post a team score for the girls.”

The Bison boys look good with Olie Wagner, James Southerland, Joe Musselman and Trevor Stowe returning from successful campaigns last year.

A newcomer looks to be holding his own to start the year. Freshman Keehan Rickett shot 93 and 83 to start out his high school career the right way.

“Keehan will probably step in as our number one player as a freshman,” Marton said. “He played a lot of golf this summer and it shows. Olie looks good and he’s been playing a lot this summer. It’s nice to have a group that actually pushes each other. We had a couple of boys shoot in the mid-eighties Monday during the qualifying.”

Another qualifying round Tuesday should solidify a top five heading to Sheridan this week.

The BHS golfers will host their tournament next week at Buffalo Golf Club.

“We’re doing this qualifying and we’ll see how things go,” Marton said. “The main thing is the kids are getting to play some golf. It’s the only way you get better at the game.”

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