CHS bring home 2 state championships
Thursday, May 27, 2021
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Front row, from the left: Aubree Mitchum, Molly Hamilton, Kodi Obert, Cady Ekle and Paige Lethert. Back row: Coach Jeromey Burke, Landon Olson, Mike Courts, Kincaid Teske, Chase Anderson, Coach Bob Fitzgerald and Caden Meier. (Courtesy photo)

The Columbus High School Cougar golf teams were crowned State B champions last weekend.

It was the first team title ever for the girls and the seventh state title for the boys.

Aubree Mitchum led the girls with a fifth place finish with rounds of 92 and 90. Kodi Obert was 12th with rounds of 100 and 98. Molly Hamilton posted rounds of 108-95 followed by Cady Ekle with 111-97 and Page Lethert at 108-103.

The historic team title did not come as a complete surprise to coach Jeromey Burke.

“I was confident going in the girls had a very good chance of competing for a championship if they played the way they had all spring. After the first day, we were down a couple strokes to Big Timber, but I felt like we just had an average day and I knew if we could take some strokes off our third and fourth scores we would be just fine,” said Burke. “When Cady came in with a 97 and Molly with a 95 (her PR) to start off our scoring, I was pretty confident.”

Burke said that he had taken for granted that his Top-2 girls would play well and keep the squad in step with other teams.

“To have all four scores in the 90s, and Paige with a 103 made for a pretty dominant Day 2,” said Burke.

The boys put two players in the Top-10 — Mike Courts was seventh with rounds of 80 and 87 and Landon Olson was ninth with rounds of 86-82. Caden Meier was 11th with rounds of 79-90. Rounding out the team was Chase Anderson (89-89) and Kincaid Teske (98-95).

“After divisionals, I said I really felt our boys were just a few mistakes away from shooting a really good score and they certainly proved that was the case. The way Loyola and Conrad were playing, we had to really have some boys turn it on in order to hang with them,” said Burke. “Mike Courts had an a outstanding overall performance.”

On Day 1, Courts and Meier shot personal best rounds of 80 and 79 respectively.

Olson again provided stability while “Anderson kept our other two scores in the 80s, so we were able to post a solid score of 334 to take the Day 1 lead.”

Loyola made a run on Day 2, but still fell short by eight strokes.

Burke said he was “extremely impressed” with the mental toughness his kids showed especially on the second day, knowing the wind was going to make for pretty tough conditions and they were in a position to take home a couple state championships.

“The boys and girls had everyone step up at different times and carry their weight when a teammate or two was struggling. Neither team relied on the other teams playing badly and instead made the commitment to go out and win the tournament by playing well. It really was the ultimate team effort and ended in two state championships,” said Burke.