KALISPELL – The first-round leaders never let anyone catch up on Day 2 at the State AA golf tournament. Billings West’s Joey Moore and Bozeman’s Laurel Ward extended their leads to claim the individual championships on Wednesday.

Moore finished his high school career with back-to-back titles, and he did it in style. The Golden Bears senior ran away from the field at Buffalo Hills. The only drama came on the final hole. Sitting at 9-under par, Moore needed a birdie to tie the Class AA scoring record he set last year.

Moore did even better. He drove the green on the short Par 4, nearly holing out for a hole-in-one. Moore then made the short eagle putt to break his own record.

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“I feel bad for my last-year self,” Moore joked after the round. “It’s nice. I think I’m a better player this year than I was last year, so it feels good.”

Moore finished 13 strokes ahead of second place, Great Falls CMR’s Duncan Hollar. He felt much better about his second-round 66 than his first round 67.

“My putter was working (Wednesday),” Moore said. “It wasn’t (Tuesday), but made some changes. It worked out. I hit driver well again. It’s nice to not be in trouble after tee shots all the time. This being a tight course, you kind of have to hit driver well.”

The girls tournament was also controlled by one golfer start to finish. But unlike on the boys side, it wasn’t the favorite who dominated.

Ward came into the tournament as the third-ranked player on Bozeman’s stacked team. The junior grabbed a four-stroke lead after the opening round, thanks to a 76.

She followed it up on Wednesday by once again shooting the best round of the day, a 79, giving Ward a six-stroke victory over Bozeman teammate Annika Danenhauer.

“I just hit every fairway,” Ward said. “I played it safe. I just knew where to hit the ball and had good course management.”

Ward, Danenhauer and pre-tournament favorite Kameryn Basye gave Bozeman a 1-2-3 finish, and an easy repeat for the team championship. Bozeman finished 86 strokes ahead of second-place Billings West, and the Hawks soaring near the top of the leaderboard gave Ward a boost.

“With the added pressure of my team being out there, it was really an honor to play with one of my teammates,” she said. “And just to share this victory with them is just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s incredible.”

Great Falls CMR finished strong to claim its first boys team state championship since 2003. For the second straight day, the Rustlers had four players shoot in the 70s. CMR won by 25 strokes. Great Falls and Billings West tied for second place.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

1. Great Falls CMR – 603
T2. Great Falls – 628
T2. Billings West – 628
4. Bozeman – 662
5. Missoula Sentinel – 665
6. Butte – 668
7. Billings Senior – 673
8. Billings Skyview – 686
9. Kalispell Glacier – 697
10. Missoula Hellgate – 701
11. Missoula Big Sky – 710
12. Kalispell Flathead – 717
13. Helena Capital – 728
14. Helena – 729

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1. Bozeman – 649
2. Billings West – 735
3. Billings Skyview – 778
4. Missoula Sentinel – 781
5. Helena – 791
6. Butte – 793
7. Billings Senior – 808
8. Helena Capital – 873
9. Great Falls – 895
10. Kalispell Glacier – 896
11. Kalispell Flathead – 937
12. Missoula Big Sky – 937

BOYS INDIVIDUAL SCORES

Joey Moore 133 West
Duncan Hollar 146 CMR
Rylan Periman 148 GF High
A.J. Grande 148 Glacier
Ben Kaul 149 CMR
Jack Johnston 151 Sentinel
Will Hoagland 154 Butte
Tucker Thomas 154 CMR
Tucker Pietrykowski 154 CMR
Jace Rhodes 156 West
Thain Johnson 156 GF High
J.R. Small 157 Bozeman
Connor Mora 159 GF High
Braxton Humphrey 160 Senior
Cody Brunner 161 Skyview
Jack Thorsen 161 Bozeman
Isaiah Weldon 161 Butte
Sam Elliott 162
Brayden Aurich 162
Blake Hasquet 163
Adam Nedens 164
Brady Cady 165
Keaton Sunchild 165
River Duce 166
Ben Huguet 168
Peyton Streiff 169
Garrett Neilson 169
Zach Harvey 169
Connor Kieckbusch 170
Blake Loberg 170
Kaven Noctor 171
Gavin Anderson 171
Jaden Dennis 173
Gabe Witham 174
Austin Murphy 175
Ezra Epperly 175
Zane Potratz 176
Ben Pope 177
Jack Bright 177
Tyler Hall 178
Holden Gehringer 178
Sam Miland 178
Ryan Harvey 180
Nico Micheletti 181
Carsten Quam 182
Hanke Mesen 182
Bradley DeMartino 183
Ryan Domako 183
Caden Freeman 184
Blake Heintzelman 184
Jackson Susott 184
Mason Johnson 185
Tyson St. John 185
Soren Rasmussen 186
Shawn Ryan 186
Riley Walsh 187
Simon Clark 188
Keaden Morisaki 188
Caden Willis 188
Cal Irvine 190
Luke Thomson 190
Trevor Swanson 191
Spencer Christy 192
Kade McCulloch 194
Caleb Binfet 196
Ethan Purdy 199
Ben Ebel 203
Tucker Hauer 204
Hunter Watterud 207
Ryan Thomsen 211

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL SCORES

Laurel Ward 155 Bozeman
Annika Danenhauer 161 Bozeman
Kameryn Basye 163 Bozeman
Carrie Carpenter 166 West
Cora Rosanova 170 Bozeman
Emily Garden 170 Sentinel
Peyton Kimmel 186 West
Ellie Jackson 188 Bozeman
Marcella Mercer 190 Flathead
Reyla Williams 191 Helena High
Sev Armstrong 191 Hellgate
Kyra Brockhausen 192 Skyview
Nevin Larsen 192 West
Sadie Starcevich 192 Butte
Jalen Wagner 193 Senior
Ginny Kerr 193 Helena High
Cierra Sundhiem 194
Lauren Peterson 194
Aliyah Morrow 195
Kielar Jones 195
Virginia Montague 196
Kyra Hart 197
Raelynn Bruyere 197
Ella Prigge 199
Lauren Williams 200
Kate Trunkle 200
Grace Luoma 202
Alexis Knight 204
Marissa Breum 204
Alivia Skeslien-Jenkins 205
Cassidy Lavin 205
Kelliann Neary 206
Kennedy Lean 207
Sidney Overby 211
Bailee Potratz 211
Grace Jones 211
Blair Hebnes 212
Hailey Iverson 212
Sarah Qualls 213
Andrea Porch 213
Amanda King 214
Pilar Santos 214
Katrina Adkins 216
Cassidy Venner 217
Morgan Sunchild 218
Makayla Lawrence 223
Hannah Fehres 225
Marrin Chapman 227
Avery Anderson 227
Lexi McNew 228
Morgan Zuidema 231
Kelly Jones 236
Olivia Boehm 237
Sabryn Knight 238
Maddy Morris 239
Hannah Iverson 257
Maisie Hanson 261
Ava Heintzelman 262
Erin Murphy 262
Presley Birdrattler 267
Reide Barkus 269
Lane Mannix 269
Sheridan Stroop 281

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