Campbell, Finn earn honors at state golf tourney

On day two of the state golf tournament, it was one last chance for some of the best prep golfers to make a final push toward a  championship title. Big Timber’s Tanna Campbell trimmed five strokes off her opening-day score, scoring a 79 to finish with a final score of 163 for fourth place on Saturday at the Class B State Golf Tournament at Marias Valley Golf & Country Club in Shelby.

Campbell closed out the tournament just three strokes behind third place Skyler Martin of Shelby at 160. Missoula Loyola’s Kylie Esh brought home the gold after shooting 70 and 76 for a two-day final score of 146, maintaining a double-digit lead over teammate Katie Fagg of Missoula Loyola at 159. 

The Three Forks girls team won the team championship with a 714, ahead of Shelby at 741 and Missoula Loyola (757). 

Campbell led the Lady Herders team which took eighth at 874. Madilyn Emter wrapped up tournament play with a 202 for Big Timber, improving on her first round score in the final round by 17 strokes (109, 93) finish 24th overall out of more than 60 golfers.  

Rylee Wittrock shot a 256 (126, 130) and Holli Kovatch had a 283 (148, 135) for the Herders

For the boys, Big Timber’s Blake Finn shot a 76 for the second round of the state golf tournament to finish with a 153 for seventh place. Townsend’s Scott DeMars edged Finn by a single stroke for sixth place at 152. Libby’s Ryggs Johnston is the won the Class B individual boys state championship with a final score of 128 (61, 67). Bucky Crippen of Missoula Loyola took second at 142 and Colton Hudson of Huntley Project was third with a 143 (69, 74). 

The Herders boy’s team was fifth overall with a group score of 687 (345, 342). Missoula Loyola boys team won the tournament at 642 (323, 319) ahead of Townsend (645; 333, 312) and Colstrip (646; 328, 318).

Cliff Weller shot an individual score of 169 (85, 84) and Caleb Patton (92, 99) and Brandon Schwers (96, 95) each finished with a 191 at the tournament for the Herders. 

Finn and Campbell also received All-State honors for their individual performances at state.  

By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers



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