A more veteran girls and a younger boys teams will represent Laramie High School at the Wyoming Class 4A State Golf Championships in Cheyenne.

The tournament features 36 holes of medal play Friday and Saturday at the Airport Golf Club. Groups will go off and holes 1 and 10 according to tee times.

Laramie finished seventh in the boys’ team standings last year, while the Lady Plainsmen took eighth.

Two seniors and a sophomore will comprise the Laramie girls’ squad. Seniors Kenzie Yeend and Emily Cattles will be playing their final state tournament, while sophomore Camryn Nagy plays in her first.

On the gentleman’s side, there are two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors. Freshman Jackson McClaren and Colter Harvey, sophomore Titus Wookey, and juniors Braden Six and Thayne Thatcher will play for the Plainsmen.

Cattles, McClaren, and Yeend joined KOWB’s David Settle for a conversation on the state golf championships, their preparation, as well as some fun discussion about courses and eating out.

Laramie head coach Logan Spence says they’ll set up the Airport Golf Club so it challenges the players each day.

“On the boy’s side, you’ve gotta think that to be all-state (top 10), you’re gonna have to shoot better than 75-75. You’re gonna have to be aggressive. You’re going to have to go out and play well.”

Spence said it’s about firing at pins and taking some risk.

“It’s not a very long course. The green areas are probably the most challenging part of the course. If you can be aggressive and get yourself in good positions, then it’s a place where we should be able to score well.”

He also feels the course sets up well for the ladies.

“If you just watch the girls, our three girls hit the ball off the tee just as good as pretty much any team. It’s around the green where we’re going to have to play well if we’re going to have a chance.”

Kelly Walsh is the defending team champion in both boy’s and girl’s divisions. The KW girls are seeking a 3-peat. The Trojans figure to have competition from East on the boy’s side. The Lady Plainsmen have an outside chance at some hardware with good play according to Coach Spence.

Action on the links begins at 8 a.m. both days. After weather played a factor the last three years, it looks good for this weekend with temperatures in the middle-to-upper 80’s and some lighter winds in Cheyenne.

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