Lady Cougar golf brings home the hardware
The Lady Cougars continued their season-long trend of winning meets, bringing the divisional championship trophy to Columbus on Monday.
Before looking ahead to the state meets next week, here is a recap of the final stretch of the golf season, as both the Columbus and Absarokee golf teams were busy.
April 29, the Cougar golf teams competed in Harlowton. The girls’ team took first place with a three-player team score of 300. Olivia Hess took second place with an individual score of 88. Bailey Johannes finished in third, shooting a 98. Baylee Gordon scored 114, Karsen Marjerison shot a 117, and Chloe Ketchum rounded out the team with a 144.
On the boys’ side: Gabe Brocklebank led the group with a 95, Dylan DeBruycker shot a 108, and Trey Stampfel scored a 119.
Next, was the last regular season meet in Roundup on May 3. Coach Jeromey Burke said it was a good opportunity for the kids to scope out the competition for the divisional meet.
The girls’ team again took first place, this time with a four-person score of 424. Hess not only led her team, but also the meet as she won with a score of 94. Johannes finished close behind in second place after shooting a 99. Similar to Harlow, Gordon scored a 114 and Marjerison shot a 117. Ketchum shaved 16 strokes off her previous score, ending the day with a 128.
Brocklebank once again led the boys with a 95. DeBruycker and Stampfel both improved on Harlow performances, shooting 98 and 99, respectively. Braydon Barker also competed with the team, scoring 109. Burke was happy to see three of the boys shooting in the 90s.
The post-season began with the divisional meet in Shepherd at the beginning of this week.
The Lady Cougars won the meet with a 432 team score. Hess finished in second place with a 93, Johannes finished in fourth scoring a 98, and Marjerison finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place, shooting a 114. Gordon finished with a score of 127 and Ketchum shot a 134.
Burke was impressed with how the girls each fought back from a rough front nine to pull away from Huntley on the back nine.
The Cougar boys performed pretty well at divisionals, with Brocklebank shooting 98, DeBruycker scoring 101, and Stampfel shooting a 109.
All of the boys ended their season in Shepherd, with Brocklebank the closest to qualifying – he finished in 21st place and the top 15 advance.
Burke is proud of how all the boys on the team improved, saying “their hard work was the reason their scores consistently went down as the season went on.”
As Columbus was playing in the Class B Divisional Meet in Shepherd, Class C Absarokee was playing in Columbus in their last opportunity to qualify for state.
The girls’ team took the meet with a three-player team score of 317. Hana Kelly led the team, scoring a career low 95 and earning first place. Katrina Feddes finished in second, with a 102. Maggie Howes and Chloe Flynn rounded out the group, shooting a 120 and 130 respectively.
As a team, the Absarokee boys shot a 335. Mikol Degele finished in third with a score of 88. Zacc Degele shot a 117, and Kodi Martin scored a 130.
Feddes and Mikol both shot career bests this season. In White Sulphur Springs last weekend Feddes shot a 96. Earlier in the season, Mikol scored an 85 at Cottonwood Hills Golf Club in Bozeman.
Coach Gregg Feddes says the Absarokee golfers all made significant improvement this season, and he is looking forward to continuing the progress at the state meet.