Both Laramie High School golf teams finished in third place at the season-opening Wheatland Invite last Thursday and Friday.

Three golfers posted top-five finishes from an individual standpoint. Senior Kenzie Yeend fired a two-day total of 190 and took third. Lady Plainsmen sophomore Camryn Nagy carded a 201 total and placed fifth. On the boy’s side, freshmen Jackson McClaren had a nice high school debut with a four-place finish. He fired a two-day total of 170, just nine shots behind the leader.

As a team, the Laramie girls shot 642 and took third behind Torrington and Cheyenne Central.

The Plainsmen shot 768 and placed third out of four complete teams in the field. Cheyenne Central and Douglas were ahead of LHS.

Laramie is back on the course Monday (today) for a one-day event at the Douglas Community Club.

KOWB’s David Settle had a chance to briefly visit with second-year Laramie head coach Logan Spence before the season began. They talked about last year compared to this year, both squads, the schedule, and state in Cheyenne.

Spence said it’s a very, very young boys’ team led by a freshman and four sophomores that played in the first tournament. The girls’ team is led by a pair of seniors, in Kenzie Yeend and Emily Cattles, while Nagy was an all-conference performer last spring season. Other than Nagy, LHS golf has no other golfers returning with honors from last fall. That’s when both teams took eighth place at the state championships.

After a quick start to the season, Laramie will get a chance to practice before next week’s Casper Invite, Aug. 20 and 21. They go to Rawlins Aug. 30 and 31 before LHS hosts the Laramie Invite Sept. 6 and 7. Coach Spence said he expects a lot of Class 4A teams at that event since it’s a tune-up before the state championships in Cheyenne, Sept 14 and 15.