Panther golf wraps up successful season

The Rangely Panthers golf team, which includes golfers from Meeker High School, took four golfers to to regionals Monday. Phil Arnold (third from left) shot an 85, Pete Hanks 99, Nick Massey 100 and Raiden Ganser shot a 113. Arnold qualified for the state tournament in Boulder Oct. 1-2. COURTESY PHOTO

RANGEY | The varsity Rangely Panthers golf team season competed in their final tournaments in Gunnison and Grand Junction. The varsity team played at the Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison, Colo., on Sept. 12 while the junior varsity Panthers were able to gain more valuable experience, competing at the Chipeta Golf Course in Grand Junction on Sept. 14. The team includes students from both Rangely High School (RHS) and Meeker High School (MHS).

The Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison challenged golfers with plenty of water hazards and some long, narrow fairways. Members of the golf team competing, along with scores, included Phil Arnold (MHS) 88, Nick Massey (MHS) 88, Raydn Ganser (RHS) 97, Pete Hanks (MHS) 102, Elijah Deming (MHS) 104, Tanner Ridgeway (MHS)107 and Marshall Webber (RHS) 116.

Competing at the Chipeta Golf Course was Elijah Deming (MHS), Carson Palacios (RHS), Gabe Richardson (MHS), Tanner Ridgeway (MHS), Wyatt Sufelt (RHS) and Kyle Wangnild (MHS).

The Gunnison Tournament also served as a qualifying round for the Panthers regional team, set to compete at the regional tournament held Sept. 17, again at Gunnison. Qualifying team members included Arnold, Ganser, Hanks and Massey.

All golfers gained valuable experience at the regional level of tournament play with highlights including Arnold scoring 85, below the 88 threshold necessary to compete at the state high school golf tournament. Other members of the regional team competed well with Hanks scoring 99, Massey 100 and Ganser 113.

The state golf tournament will be held in Boulder on Oct. 1-2. The team would like to wish the best of luck to Arnold as he competes in his first state tournament.

The team and all parents thank coach Mark Skelton for his support for this next generation of golfers. All members have had valuable time on several courses and the chance to pursue this challenging sport.

‘The most important shot in golf is the next one’

~ Ben Hogan


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