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Tigers off and running at 4A state golf

Idaho Falls’ Megan England at the 4A state golf tournament at Pinecrest on Monday. Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com

By LUKE O’ROARK
loroark@postregister.com

Idaho Falls High School senior Quinn Detrick knows Pinecrest Golf Course well.

Why wouldn’t he: Detrick and the rest of the Tigers practice on the 81-year-old course — sandwiched next to Northgate Mile — every day.

“We know how it works,” said Detrick, sporting a backwards, black hat during the first 18 holes of the 4A state championship Monday. “We know how to play in the wind, we know how to play it if it’s in any condition, really.”

The 18-year-old Detrick led the Tigers during day one of the championship, shooting a 4-over-par 74 on Idaho Falls’ home course.

His 74 tied for sixth-best on the day, while the Tigers sit fifth in the team standings after the first round.

“He did really well today,” Idaho Falls coach Kevin Kavran said of Detrick. “I know he could’ve even done better.”

Detrick said his skill at Pinecrest stems from playing golf since the age of 2 as well as his ability to maintain hot streaks — something he hopes to harness during the two-day championship.

“My goal has been to play college golf, so doing high school golf is kinda warming up to that,” Detrick said.

Detrick, though, wasn’t the only golfer who found success at Pinecrest.

Idaho Falls’ Grace Neiswanger at the 4A state golf tournament at Pinecrest on Monday. Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com

Bishop Kelly led after day one thanks to three golfers — Brady Bonfilio (69), Sam Goodman (68) and Nick Roberts (68) — garnering scores under par. Roberts’ and Goodman’s 2-under-par rounds were Monday’s best.

All five of the Knights’ golfers finished with a score of 77 or better, even causing reactions for some spectators watching the constantly-updated leaderboard screen.

Twin Falls also found success.

Its boys team finished day one with a total score of 301, good enough for third place (Minico’s boys are second at 297). Its girls team finished day one atop of the leaderboard with a 349.

“We’re playing fairly well,” coach Steve Meyerhoeffer said. “Our boys aren’t playing quite what I’d hope, but we’re hanging in there.”

Meyerhoeffer added that his boys team must start quicker in order to shorten their 21-stroke deficit with the Knights.

“My boys have won six straight, so they’re definitely thinking about (the pressure),” Meyerhoeffer said.

It wasn’t all roses and fair winds Monday — especially for Skyline coach Tyson Bowen.

Skyline girls sit seventh with a combined score of 472. All five golfers finished with a 100-score or higher. Emily Hill finished with the Grizzlies’ best score: 113.

Skyline finished 73 strokes behind sixth-place Middleton.

“It was a struggle,” Bowen said. “All my girls, they’re all brand new to golf, so just for them to qualify is awesome.”

The Idaho Falls girls are fourth after an opening-round 383. London Hall led the Tigers with an 84, 11 off the pace of leader Bailey Henley of Canyon Ridge.

Day two of the 4A Championship is Tuesday morning at Pinecrest. Play begins at 8:30 a.m.

Class 4A

Thursday at Pinecrest Golf Course

First round

Boys

Team scores: 1. Bishop Kelly 280; 2. Minico 297; 3. Twin Falls 301; 4. Century 324; 5. Idaho Falls 331; 6. Vallivue 336; 7. Ridgevue 341; 8. Lakeland 361

Individuals (top 10): T1. Nick Roberts (Bishop Kelly) 68; T1. Sam Goodman (Bishop Kelly) 68; T2. Chance Mosely (Minico) 69; T2. Brody Bonfilio (Bishop Kelly) 69; 5. Daniel Gaspar (Twin Falls) 72; T6. Joey Gibson (Minico) 74; T6.Quinn Detrick (Idaho Falls) 74; T7. Matthew Gibson (Minico) 75; T7. Alec Dykas (Bishop Kelly) 75; T8. Drew Meyerhoeffer (Twin Falls) 76; T8. Preston Meyerhoeffer (Twin Falls) 76

Local teams

IDAHO FALLS (331): Quinn Detrick 74, Brandon Ball 82, Jake Hendrickson 87, Tiger Lui 88, Ethan Sutton 89

Girls

Team scores: 1. Twin Falls 349; 2. Canyon Ridge 351; 3. Bishop Kelly 356; 4. Idaho Falls 383; 5. Moscow 390; 6. Middleton 399; 7. Skyline 472

Individuals (top 10): 1. Bailey Henley (Canyon Ridge) 73; 2. Mackena Ranch (Moscow) 81; 3. Hannah Holloway (Bishop Kelly) 82; 4. Tayllor Ward (Twin Falls) 83; T5. Brinlee Stots (Twin Falls) 84; T5. London Hall (Idaho Falls) 84; 7. Lizzy Godinho (Bishop Kelly) 85; T8. Eliza Cresto (Twin Falls) 87; T8. Grace Neiswanger (Idaho Falls) 87; 10. Sam Fitzpatrick (Canyon Ridge) 89

Local teams

IDAHO FALLS (383): London Gall 84, Grace Neiswanger 87, Megan England 105, Kate Vetter 107, Veronica Boccalini 114

SKYLINE (472): Emily Hill 113, Shelby Lee (118, Brooke Shuldberg 120, Marisa Sargis 121, Zoe Davis 125

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