House takes 2nd at golf divisional
In only her second golf match of the season, Columbus golfer Tana House placed second at the Southern B divisional tournament.
House shot a 91 at Pryor Creek Golf Club in Huntley on a drizzly May 9 and qualified for the state tournament for the fourth time. She had missed most of the golf season following an ACL injury during the basketball season.
“Tana had a really rough start to her round but was able to turn it around and finish strong,” Columbus head coach Jeromey Burke said. “She shot a 43 on the back nine.”
Olivia Hess was sixth for the Cougar girls with 103. Bailey Johannes was seventh with 107, and Karsen Marjerison shot a 146. Hess and Johannes will advance to the state tournament as individuals. The girls team will also advance to state.
“Our girls ended up finishing third,” Burke said. “Our team score was 447, but I think we have every opportunity to bring that number down before next week.”
Hess and Johannes finished in the top 10, continuing solid play for the year, Burke said.
“I was very proud of Karsen as well – she’s only a freshman,” Burke said. “She played her second 18 holes of golf on a pretty big stage – and in some terrible weather – but came through for the team.”
For the boys, Ryland Stampfel took sixth place with a 83, Chaz Krone shot 93, Erik Howell had 108, Dylan Debruycker had 104, and Ben Plymale had 108.
“Ryland will be the only boy moving on to state for us,” Burke said. “Chaz was right there, but missed out on the top 15 by only two strokes.”
As a team, the Cougar boys had opportunities to reach fourth place but just didn’t take advantage of them, Burke said.
“Dylan closed the season really strong, and I was happy to see his hard work pay off,” Burke said. “I was happy with the attitude of all our boys and the effort they gave all season.”
Burke was optimistic about the Cougars at state.
“Our golf games are pretty good going into next week,” he said. “If we can shore up some things mentally, we could end up surprising some people.”
The state Class B golf tournament will take place on Monday through Wednesday, May 16-18, with the girls at Eagle Rock Golf Course in Billings and the boys at Pryor Creek Golf Club in Huntley.