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Herders claim win at Harlowton

Boys take first, girls post personal bests after long pair of weeks on the links
Chris Aiken, Pioneer Staff Writer

Marissa Morgan tees off on the third hole at the Harlowton Invitational golf meet on April 28. Morgan, a senior this year, hit a personal best 114 (59-55) in Harlowton to help the Herders to a second-place finish (CHRIS AIKEN/ Big Timber Pioneer).


It was all shorts and t-shirts — and even sandals — at the Harlowton Invitational on April 28. The sun and stillness came as a nice contrast to last year’s meet, which was spoiled by driving rain and golf bag-toppling wind. 

The invitational capped a two-week, five-meet gauntlet for the Herders, who are finding their strokes with just two weeks to go until divisionals. All five girls brought home personal record scores, as did two of the boys. 

“They’re starting to hit their groove,” said assistant coach Sheri Campbell. “We pretty much played our whole season in three weeks, but we’re just happy to be playing.” 

Madilyn Emter led the way for the girls, riding a strong back nine into fourth place with a score of 89 — her best round since last year’s state tournament in Shelby, where she posted a 93. 

“It’s fun when you’re doing good,” she said.

Rylee Wittrock and Lynette Hathaway played strong supporting roles for the Herders, scoring 105 and 106, respectively. Marissa Morgan and Holli Kovatch rounded things out, each scoring 114 after picking up several strokes on Holes 10 through 18. 

Hathaway, clad in sandals, hoped to steady her drive on the second half of the course, but said she was pleased with her strokes on the fairway. 

“Irons have been good,” she said, “and my chipping has been good, so that’s been helpful.”

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