Lady Cougars win divisional golf meet in Shepherd

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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The divisional-champion Columbus Lady Cougars, from the left: Coach Jeromey Burke, Morgan Mayo, Chloe Ketchum, Kodi Obert, Karsen Marjerison, Cady Ekle, and Coach Jill Buechler.

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Absarokee’s Maggie Howes and Haley Richardson with their medals on Monday.

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The Park City boys team poses with their hardware (from the left): Tristen Johnstone, Tucker Johnstone, and Austin Popp.

For the third year in a row, the Columbus Lady Cougars returned home from the divisional golf meet with a first place trophy.

Columbus won the meet with a team score of 424, nine strokes better than second place Big Timber.

The win was a group effort, and each team member played well last Monday at Eagle Rock Golf Course in Shepherd.

Junior Morgan Mayo led the charge with an 18-hole score of 101, good for fourth place.  She was followed by freshman Kodi Obert in ninth place with a score of 106.  Senior Karsen Marjerison shot a 108 for 12th place and junior Chloe Ketchum finished 14th with a 109.  Freshman Cady Ekle shot a 125 to round out the group.

Cougar Head Coach Jeromey Burke explained how his girls “really have put in a lot of work over the last couple weeks to prepare themselves, and it took a team effort across the board to win this one.”  He was impressed that Mayo and Obert were able to lead the team in their first ever divisional meet, and noted how Marjerison has been reliable for the team throughout the season.

It was Ketchum’s play that really closed out the win for the Lady Cougars.

“Coming down the stretch, we knew we’d need Chloe to play well in her last four holes for us to have a chance (and she knew it, too), and she really rose to the challenge,” Burke described.  “She shot the lowest round of her year and closed it out for us.”

Overall, the Columbus coach said he was “happy to see them all face a challenge and go after it without any fear.”

One boy on the Cougar team qualified for state.  Junior Trey Stampfel shot a 92 to finish in fifth place.

Freshman Caden Meier scored a 99, two strokes short of qualifying.  Junior Braydon Barker shot a 103, followed closely by junior Carson Mitchum with a 104.

The Columbus team missed qualifying for state as a group by the slimmest of margins.  The top four teams advance, and the Cougars finished in fifth with a score of 397, one stroke more than fourth place Huntley Project.

Burke commended Stampfel for all of the extra time he has put in throughout the year to reach his goal of qualifying for state.  The coach explained, “He’s been struggling with his swing a bit, but all of the extra time he’s consistently put in this year paid off, and he was able to go out there and play a competitive round against some very good golfers.”

Burke highlighted Mitchum’s play, saying he did a “great job” at divisionals, taking 11 strokes off his yearly average.  The Cougar coach noted that the boys continued to improve as the season progressed, but they unfortunately came up just short on Monday.


The Absarokee Huskies qualified two golfers for the state meet over the weekend, bringing the total number of qualified golfers to three.

On Friday in Livingston, sophomore Haley Richardson qualified for the state meet by shooting a 109, easily surpassing the qualifying score of 120.  Then, on Monday – the last possible day to qualify – sophomore Andrew Espeland qualified on Stillwater Golf Course in Columbus with a score of 98 (the qualifying score is 100).

Junior Maggie Howes had a great weekend, finishing in second place in each of the team’s three meets.  In Livingston she scored a 99, in White Sulphur Springs on Saturday Howes shot a 93, and in Columbus she also finished with a score of 93.  Richardson took third in Columbus with a 108.

Absarokee Head Coach Gregg Feddes said the kids are excited to play in next week’s state tournament.  Howes played on the course for state as a freshman two years ago, so Feddes said she is looking forward to tackling Double Arrow Golf Course again.

“We kind of had a slow start, but these three kids have improved all year long and have been playing their best golf lately,” Feddes explained.  “We are hoping to take that momentum into state.”


The Park City Panthers also finished out the regular season strong in Livingston, White Sulphur Springs, and Columbus this past weekend.

At the Gardiner Invitational held at the Livingston Country Club last Friday, sophomore Tucker Johnstone led the boys team with an 83, good for a fourth place finish.  Senior Tristen Johnstone was right behind with an 18-hole score of 85, followed by fellow senior Austin Popp with an 87.

Freshman Mason Rathbun scored 104, just four strokes over the 100-stroke qualifying score.  Sophomore Chason Fenton rounded out the group with a 124.

The Panthers took first at Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course in White Sulphur Springs on Saturday with a three-person boys team score of 254.

Popp took first with an 81, and Tucker Johnstone shot an 85 for second place.  Tristen Johnstone finished the day with a score of 88, and Rathbun scored a 121.

At the Absarokee-Park City-Rapelje Invitational in Columbus on Monday, the Panthers swept the top three spots individually.  Tucker Johnstone and Popp were tied after the first nine holes, each with a score of 39.  Popp was able to edge out his teammate to win the meet with a 79.  Tucker Johnstone earned second place with a score of 80, and Tristen Johnstone finished in third with an 88.

Rathbun scored a 126, followed closely by Fenton with a 127.  Freshman Lane Hammel closed out the day with a 181.

Sophomore Abby Hoffman, the only Lady Panther competing in Columbus, finished with an 18-hole score of 129.

Four Park City golfers will compete at the state meet.  The boys team of Popp and the Johnstone brothers will look to compete well at state again; last year, the Panther team finished second.  Freshman Kendyll Story will be the only Lady Panther at this year’s state meet.

Park City Head Coach Mark Rathbun said he is excited to take his golfers to state.  He noted that “the boys are playing well right now, and we are looking forward to competing at the state tournament next week.”


Both the Class B and Class C state golf meets will be held at the beginning of next week.

Class B is being held at two different golf courses in Missoula.  The girls’ competition will take place at Canyon River Golf Club, and the boys will compete at King Ranch Golf Course.

Both girls and boys for Class C will play at Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake.

The state meets will be held over two days – Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15.  Each day the golfers will play an 18-hole round.  On Monday, there is an optional practice round for the golfers to become accustomed to the course.