Columbus Lady Cougar golf team wins three meets in four days

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, May 2, 2019
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The Lady Cougars with their first place trophy last Thursday. From the left: Chloe Ketchum, Cady Ekle, Kodi Obert, Karsen Marjerison, and Morgan Mayo.

The Columbus Lady Cougar golf team had a strong week, taking home first place hardware from every meet they competed in.

Things got kicked off on Wednesday, April 24, with the Forsyth Invitational at Forsyth Country Club. The Columbus girls team earned first place with a score of 445, beating Huntley Project by five strokes.

Junior Morgan Mayo shot an 18-hole score of 103 – good for third place overall and first on the team. She was followed by senior Karsen Marjerison in fifth overall with a 105 and freshman Kodi Obert in 10th with a score of 110. Freshman Cady Ekle scored a 127 and junior Chloe Ketchum was right behind with a 128.

The Cougar boys team also did well in Forsyth. The team finished fourth with a team score of 385, only two strokes behind third-place Huntley Project.

Columbus had two individuals finish in the top 10 – junior Trey Stampfel in fourth with an 85 and freshman Caden Meier in sixth with a score of 90. Juniors Bray-don Barker and Carson Mitchum tied with a score of 105, and senior Stone House rounded out the group by shooting a 108.

The Cougar teams turned around on Thursday, April 25, and played in the Johnny Walker Memorial Tournament in Huntley at Pryor Creek Golf Club. Again, the girls team defeated all other competitors, but this time more handily – Columbus won with a team score of 430, 20 strokes better than second-place Big Timber.

Marjerison led the Lady Cougars with a 101-stroke third place finish; Mayo was right behind with a 103, good for fifth overall. Obert scored a 113, Ekle shot a 127, and Ketchum ended the day with a 131.

The boys team finished in sixth place with a 413. Barker was the only Cougar to break the top 10 with a score of 94, good for 10th place. Meier was close with a 95, followed by Stampfel with a 111, House with a 113, and Mitchum with a score of 117.

Last Saturday, Columbus played in Harlowton at Jawbone Creek Country Club. For the third time in four days, the Lady Cougars returned home with a first place plaque, this time taking three of the top four individual spots, too.

Marjerison won the entire meet after shooting a 94, and she was followed by Obert in second with a 100 and Mayo in fourth place with a 103. Ketchum scored a 109 and Ekle had a 127.

On the boys’ side, Stampfel finished fourth individually with an 18-hole score of 89. Meier scored a 97, and Barker followed closely with a 99. Mitchum scored a 102; House put up a 118.

Columbus Head Coach Jeromey Burke said last week was a good one. He commended Mayo for placing in all three meets and working through some of the little details to play more consistently. He was glad Marjerison accomplished her goal of shooting under 100 and that Obert earned a personal best in Harlowton with a


Barker, Burke noted, played the most consistently on the boys team.

“Team-wise, our boys have a shot next week at divisionals, but they are going to need to want to go fight and compete for it,” Burke noted. “We’ll need to get to work this week and figure out a way to cut some strokes.”


The Park City Panthers traveled to Broadus to take on Rolling Hills Golf Course, and the boys team was successful on a cool, blustery day, winning the meet with a three-person score of 258.

Leading the group was senior Austin Popp with a third place finish for his 18-hole score of 85. Right behind was senior Tristen Johnstone with a score of 86 and sophomore Tucker Johnstone with an 87. Freshman Mason Rathbun shot a 120.

Only two girls competed for Park City, so there were not enough competitors to post a team score. Freshman Kendyll Story earned third place individually with a 121 and sophomore Abby Hoffman shot a 139.

Park City also competed in Harlowton last weekend. Tucker Johnstone tied for first place with a score of 78, but he lost the play-off to officially take second. Tristen Johnstone shot a 79 for third place. Rathbun shot a 124 to round out the group.

As for the girls, Story shot a 113, beating the 120 qualifying standard, thus earning a place at the state meet in the middle of May. Hoffman finished with a 141.

“I am very pleased with our results over the weekend,” said Park City Head Coach Mark Rathbun, adding he is “hopeful for some decent weather to finish off the regular season this week and next.”


The Husky golf team brought three competitors to the meet in Harlowton last weekend. Junior Maggie Howes qualified for the state meet with a score of 112.

The other two Absarokee golfers were close to qualifying, with sophomore Haley Richardson shooting a 124 and sophomore Andrew Espeland with a 111 (100-stroke qualifying standard).

Husky Head Coach Gregg Feddes said that while the season started off slowly with some bad weather and new players learning the game, the Absarokee golfers have begun to play better. He’s hoping a couple more Huskies can qualify for state during the final three meets of the regular season this weekend.


The Columbus golf team played in its last regular season meet on Wednesday, May 1, in Roundup. The Cougars will play in their divisional meet on Monday, May 6, at Pryor Creek in Huntley.

As for Park City and Absarokee, the teams will play in Livingston on Friday and in White Sulphur Springs on Saturday. The last meet of the regular season, and so the final opportunity for the golfers to qualify for state, is on Monday in Columbus.