Frontrunners maintain position

Big Timber’s Tanna Campbell is cementing her place at the front of the pack with two first place finishes in Bozeman’s Cottonwood Hills Club and Harlowton’s Jawbone Creek Country Club in late April. Campbell finished with an 83 at Cottonwood, followed by teammate Lynette Hathaway with a 142 and Holli Kovatch with a 148.

Also joining Campbell on top was Blake Finn, who’s been a golfing powerhouse this season, nabbing first in Bozeman with a 77 and second at Harlowton with a 79. 

Herder golf coach Dan Campbell said conditions were on the cool side at Cottonwood Hills with a bit of rain and wind, but nothing too terrible. 

“Those two have been pretty consistent number ones for me all season and shot some really good average scores,” Dan Campbell said of Blake and Tanna. “Tanna had a high streak at the beginning of the season but that has dropped back down.”

Also golfing strong on the boys side was Cliff Weller who shot a consistent 43 on the front nine and 41 on the back for a total of 84 at Cottonwood. Brandon Schwers put up a 101, followed by Tyler Butler with a 108 and Nolan Johnston with a 109.

Big Timber traveled to Harlowton April 29, which proved to be the site of a breakthrough for Carter Brownlee who shot a personal record with an 83 — low enough to nab fifth place. 

The lows 80s is the goal, coach Campbell said. 

“We always hope to shoot around 80 — that’s really competitive in boys,” he said. “If you can get four of them to do that you have a chance at winning state.”

Not far behind Brownlee was Caleb Patton who shot an 89 followed by Cliff Weller with a 94 and Keegan Durfee with a 99. 

On the girls side in Harlowton behind Campbell was Madilyn Emter with a 110 and Holli Kovatch with a 126. Dan Campbell said the three, along with Rylee Wittrock who shot a 130, had a real chance at qualifying for state.

Also golfing for the Lady Herders was Marissa Morgan who put up a 155 in Harlowton.

The team will play in Three Forks today where Dan Campbell said they had to focus on avoiding the water.  “There’s a lot of water on the right hand side — for beginning golfers and younger golfers, the misses are generally to the right,” he said.

But coach Campbell is also looking ahead to state, which is set for the third week in May in Shelby. The top four teams in the division will qualify along with the top 15 individual golfers. 

 

By Mackenzie Reiss / Pioneer Editor 

 

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Photo courtesy of Sheri Campbell

 

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