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Polson boys finish second at state A golf

 

SIDNEY — The Laurel boys managed to hold onto their opening-round lead and finished off the weekend as Class A state golf champions Saturday at Sidney Country Club.

The Laurel boys won by nine strokes over Polson. Libby's Ryggs Johnston completed a unique sweep by winning the individual Class A title five months after finishing first in Class B for the Loggers.

The boys team standings were a bit murkier after one round of play, but Laurel added six strokes to its lead Saturday and finished with an overall score of 654.

“We were confident coming into the tournament, but we were still concerned,” Laurel coach Jim O’Neil said. “We believed that we were the best team all year, but we knew that the best team doesn’t always win.”

Laurel’s Carson Hackman (157) was his team’s low scorer and the only Locomotives golfer to stand atop the podium Saturday afternoon.

“I’m most proud of how we put individual success aside and put the team first,” O’Neil said. “We had some guys who didn’t play as well as they would have liked, but they gutted it out and got it done as a team.”

Johnston shot a tournament-record 134 to win by 12 strokes over Billings Central's Liam Clancy, last year's champion.

“It’s nice to win a second title in the same calendar year,” Johnston said. “I missed a few putts and wish I would have been able to shoot a little lower, but it’s good to know I can still win even though I didn’t play my best.

“I just have to play my own game. I know that if I go out and play the way I’m supposed to, I’ll always have a chance to get it done.”

Rounding out all-state selections for the boys were Clancy (146), Polson’s Carson McDaniel (152), Hardin’s Tristan Belue (156), Laurel’s Carson Hackman (157), Livingston’s Winston Oppelt (159), Hamilton’s Tristan Hanson (160), Polson’s Matt Hobbs (161), Frenchtown’s Derek Wolff (161), Laurel’s Paul O’Neil and Cash Golden (164), Hamilton’s Zach Taylor (164), Sidney’s Chase Morehouse (164), Hamilton’s Bryce Reed (165) and Billings Central’s Nick Pasquarello (166).

SIDNEY — The Laurel boys managed to hold onto their opening-round lead and finished off the weekend as Class A state golf champions Saturday at Sidney Country Club.

The Laurel boys won by nine strokes over Polson. Libby's Ryggs Johnston completed a unique sweep by winning the individual Class A title five months after finishing first in Class B for the Loggers.

The boys team standings were a bit murkier after one round of play, but Laurel added six strokes to its lead Saturday and finished with an overall score of 654.

“We were confident coming into the tournament, but we were still concerned,” Laurel coach Jim O’Neil said. “We believed that we were the best team all year, but we knew that the best team doesn’t always win.”

Laurel’s Carson Hackman (157) was his team’s low scorer and the only Locomotives golfer to stand atop the podium Saturday afternoon.

“I’m most proud of how we put individual success aside and put the team first,” O’Neil said. “We had some guys who didn’t play as well as they would have liked, but they gutted it out and got it done as a team.”

Johnston shot a tournament-record 134 to win by 12 strokes over Billings Central's Liam Clancy, last year's champion.

“It’s nice to win a second title in the same calendar year,” Johnston said. “I missed a few putts and wish I would have been able to shoot a little lower, but it’s good to know I can still win even though I didn’t play my best.

“I just have to play my own game. I know that if I go out and play the way I’m supposed to, I’ll always have a chance to get it done.”

BOYS

Rounding out all-state selections for the boys were Clancy (146), Polson’s Carson McDaniel (152), Hardin’s Tristan Belue (156), Laurel’s Carson Hackman (157), Livingston’s Winston Oppelt (159), Hamilton’s Tristan Hanson (160), Polson’s Matt Hobbs (161), Frenchtown’s Derek Wolff (161), Laurel’s Paul O’Neil and Cash Golden (164), Hamilton’s Zach Taylor (164), Sidney’s Chase Morehouse (164), Hamilton’s Bryce Reed (165) and Billings Central’s Nick Pasquarello (166).

Scores by Team

LAUREL (654) — Carson Hackman 80-77-157; Paul O’Neill 80-84-164; Cash Golden 85-79-164; Kade Ewalt 86-87-173; Ryan Kallem 82-93-175

POLSON (663) — Carson McDaniel 75-77-152; Matt Hobbs 79-82-161; Trey Kelley 83-83-166; Hogan Kelley 96-88-184; Colby Devlin 106-97-203

BILLINGS CENTRAL (666) — Liam Clancy 77-69-146; Nick Pasquarello 81-85-166; Mathew Haden 92-86-178; Ryan Adolph 90-90-180; Malachi Stewart 88-103-191

HAMILTON (670) — Tristan Hanson 81-79-160; Zach Taylor 85-79-164; Bryce Reed 86-79-165; Tanner Hanson 92-89-181; Cannon Hawkes 98-91-189


GIRLS

Rounding out the top 15 and earning all-state honors for the girls were Lewistown's Kinsey Irvin (161), Butte Central’s Tricia Joyce (167), Frenchtown’s Courtney Ockler (176), Ronan’s Brooklyn Olson (188), Billings Central’s Perry Widdicombe (190), Dillon’s Lindsey Huber (191), Havre’s Taegan Fee (192), Whitefish’s Megan Archibald (194) and Ella Shaw (196), Lewistown's Abby Gremaux (197), Whitefish’s Gracie Young (200), Sidney’s Torey Dahl (200) and Lewistown's Val Kolstad (200).

Scores by Team

SIDNEY (722) — Tierney Messmer 80-77-157; Kaelyn Volk 82-76-158; Torey Dahl 104-96-200; Emma Torgerson 106-104-210; Sarah Karanjai 103-109-212

LEWISTOWN (773) — Kinsey Irvin 82-79-161; Abby Gremaux 100-97-197; Val Kolstad 101-99-200; Annie Franz 105-110-215; Allison Denton 124-120-244

WHITEFISH (815) — Megan Archibald 101-93-194; Ella Shaw 99-97-196; Gracie Young 94-106-200; Kendall Reed 116-109-225; Annie Nixon 124-120-244

MILES CITY (860) — Ashtyn Swigart 103-102-205; McKenzie Taylo 109-101-210; Amber Taylor 116-106-222; Chaney LaPlante 115-108-223; Allie Wagner 117-129-246

POLSON (866) — Cali Cannon 104-102-206; Berkley Ellis 116-101-217; Esme Yayarbrough 110-109-219; Amanda Farley 112-112-224