HAMILTON – If home-course advantage exists in high school golf, the Hamilton Broncs used that to their favor.
Max Toenjes (Hamilton) took a four-stroke lead into Saturday, but finished two strokes behind Billings Central’s Liam Clancy’s Round 2 score. Despite that, Toenjes’ score of 69 in the first round gave him enough of a cushion to win the boys Class A state title, two strokes ahead of Clancy.
Toenjes’ first-place finish, in addition to three more Broncs with top 25 finishes, helped Hamilton secure the boys team state title as well, 14 strokes ahead of Polson.
After one round of competition from the girls, Sidney’s Kaelyn Volk held a one-stroke lead over Glendive’s Breilyn Riggin and Butte Central’s Tricia Joyce. However, Volk’s score of 89 dropped her to a sixth-place finish, and Riggin seized her opportunity. The Glendive native shot an 80 on Saturday, which propelled her to an individual state championship, three strokes ahead of Lewistown’s Kinsey Irvin.
Despite Volk missing out on the individual title, she does leave western Montana with some hardware. Thanks to two top-5 finishes and one more in the top 15, the Sidney Eagles won the Class A team championship by 21 strokes over Whitefish.