Lady Cougars notch another win
The Cougar golf teams played in three tournaments last week, and once again the Lady Cougars proved their dominance, winning two of the three.
On Tuesday, Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman was the first stop of the week for the Manhattan Invitational.
The girls’ team finished second, with a score of 430, behind the reigning state champion Three Forks Wolves. As Coach Jeromey Burke noted, the Wolves’ 353 is a score Columbus hasn’t seen all season long from any of its competitors. This is the first, and only, meet all season that the Lady Cougar team has not finished in first place.
Individually, Olivia Hess led the team with a third place finish and score of 88. Bailey Johannes finished in 10th with a score of 101. Karsen Marjerison shot a 119, and Baley Gordon scored 125.
On the boys’ side, Dylan DeBruycker shot a 101, Gabe Brocklebank finished with a 102, and Trey Stampfel scored a 107.
On Thursday, the teams were back at it – this time on Eaglerock Golf Course in Shepherd.
The Lady Cougars found themselves back on top, winning the meet with a team score of 419.
Hess and Johannes once again earned places in the top 10, with Hess finishing in third with a score of 94 and Johannes coming in close behind at fourth, shooting a 97. Both Gordon and Marjerison shot 114.
Brocklebank led the boys with a score of 98. Stampfel shot a 102, and DeBruycker scored 115.
Saturday was the Cougars’ home meet at Stillwater Golf Course in Columbus.
The girls easily won the meet with a score of 428.
Johannes led the team, shooting a 92 to finish in second. With a score of 99, Hess finished in fourth place. Chloe Ketchum and Gordon both shot a 114, and Marjerison rounded out the team with a 115.
DeBruycker shot a season-best 97, followed by Brocklebank with a score of 99, and Stampfel with a 102.
Burke was happy to see DeBruycker “finally breakthrough and play the way he is capable of” in Columbus. Burke is impressed with his boys’ willingness to consistently work and said they will continue to find ways to cut off strokes.
The girls had another good showing, and Burke believes that if both Hess and Johannes play really well on the same day, the girls have a chance to shoot as a team in the 300s, which is their goal for the season.
In the next week, the Cougar golf teams have two meets – Saturday in Harlowton and Wednesday in Roundup. The Roundup meet marks the end of the regular season and is the last meet before the Cougars go to the divisional meet.