Cook wins third straight 3A title

The Lovell Bulldogs golf team concluded the fall golf season with a strong showing at the Class 3A State Tournament Friday and Saturday in Buffalo.

The Lady Bulldogs placed third at State with a team score of 615, seven strokes ahead of Cody and 38 strokes behind Evanston. Wheatland won the girls title for the second straight year with a team score of 552.

Greybull junior Erika Cook won her third straight individual state title but it wasn’t easy. Cook and Isabell Salas of Green River were tied after both shooting a 76 after day one. On day two, Cook shot an 80 and Salas an 82 as Cook won the title by two strokes.

“After the first nine holes on day two Erika was down by four strokes,” coach Dane Robertson said. “She had to make a hard push on her back nine to claim her third straight individual championship and she made it happen. She fought and battled back and ended up winning by two strokes.

“I’m very proud of her ability to stay focused through adversity and grind her way to the top spot. Coach Dan Wolvington was essential to keeping Erika in the proper mental space through the end. Dan is a great coach that is awesome at keeping athletes calm in high energy situations.”

Lovell High School junior Madison Wolvington placed 27th in Buffalo by shooting a 113 the first day and a 114 the second day for a 227.

Greybull High School senior Lauren Cook placed 37th at State as she shot a 125 Friday but improved on Saturday and shot a 116 for a two-day total of 241.

LHS senior Alex Walker placed 39th at State as she shot a 116 the first day and struggled the second day and shot a 126 for a tournament score of 242.

This was the last fall contest for Lauren Cook and Walker.

The Lovell boys and Worland were tied for third after the two day tournament and had to play a playoff hole. Lovell won the playoff hole by two shots to place third with a team score of 690.

Rocky Mountain High School senior Mason McCollam finished his senior year, tying for 10th place with Luke Robinette of Evanston and Blaine Johnston of Douglas with an 80 the first day and an 84 the second for a two-day score of 164. McCollam earned all-state honors for his top 10 finish.

Lovell senior Carter Lundberg placed 14th in Buffalo as he shot an 81 the first day and an 85 the second for a 166. This was the last fall golf contest for Lundberg.

RMHS junior Max Cooley finished in 17th as he shot an 80 Friday and a 92 Saturday for a two-day score of 172.

GHS junior Brandon Burns placed 38th at State with a 93 Friday and a 95 Saturday for a 188.

Rounding out the Lovell boys was LHS junior Parker Anderson as he shot a 100 the first day and a 102 the second for a 202.

Robertson said he will miss the seniors but gets some back for the spring golf season.

The Lovell golfers are now into the offseason, preparing for the spring golf season in April.