It came down to the final hole, and as has been the case this golf season, the two vying for the girls title were Broncs.
Jackson juniors Jacqueline Neishabouri and Sara White went 1-2, respectively, at the Broncs Invitational, which wrapped up Thursday evening at Snake River Sporting Club.
Neishabouri took the title by shooting a 177 across the two-day tournament, which began Wednesday at Shooting Star. White was one stroke back at 178.
“We were neck and neck, and I love Sara so much,” Neishabouri said. “She’s an amazing golfer, but it’s also fun to have that competitiveness within the team.”
Jackson’s third golfer, Martha Olson, placed fifth in the tournament with a 215 while dealing with lingering back issues.
As a team, Jackson shot a 573, defeating second place Rock Springs by 102 strokes.
Among the boys, Ridge Kling place highest among the home team, finishing third with a two-day total of 183.
The winning boy was Braxton Lind, of Evanston, with 173, and his school took the team championship.
Kling was leading as an individual, and the Broncs had the team lead through the first day.
“The whole day, I just didn’t really get it,” Kling said. He shot an 84 at Shooting Star to start before settling for a 99 the second day. “I just think after I hit one bad shot, I just couldn’t get over it.”
Jackson had three top eight performances, with Oliver Orchard and Jake Coosaia tying for eighth at 200.
This was the first tournament hosted by the Jackson Hole High School team since 2010. For the girls, finally getting to compete on their own stomping grounds was fun.
“It’s more pressure to be at home, but at the same time it’s just so much fun to play the courses you know,” White said.
“It’s also nerve-wracking,” Neishabouri added, “because we want to be the best since we’re from here.”
See a full story on Jackson’s first home golf tournament in nearly a decade in the upcoming Sept. 18 edition of the Jackson Hole News&Guide.