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Bozeman frosh Justus Verge, Billings West’s Carrie Carpenter open State AA golf leads

Posted at 9:01 PM, Sep 27, 2018

BUTTE — The stage wasn’t too big for 15-year-old Justus Verge. Not yet, anyway.

The Bozeman freshman shot a 4-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a five-stroke lead after the opening day of the Class AA state golf invite at the Butte Country Club. Verge leads fellow Bozeman Hawk J.R. Small, as well as Billings West’s Blake Loberg and Billings Skyview’s Cody Brunner, by five.

Verge, along with twin brother Jordan, was expected to lead a balanced Bozeman team into the two-day event as a heavy favorite. The Hawks totaled 284, well ahead of second-place Billings West’s 309. Billings Skyview is in third place with 310 total strokes, while Missoula Sentinel and Kalispell Glacier are tied for fourth with 312.

Justus Verge blitzed the back nine, shooting 4-under after turning the corner according to the official scorecard. Jordan Verge (73) is all alone in fifth place after the first 18 holes.

Jack Johnston of Missoula Sentinel, the highest-returning golfer in the boys field, sits in a tie for ninth place after shooting an opening-round 76. Johnston placed sixth in the 2017 state invite.

Billings West sensation Carrie Carpenter leads the girls race after 18 holes, shooting an opening-round 73. Missoula Sentinel’s Emily Garden is in second place, four strokes off the lead, while Bozeman’s Annika Danenhuaer and Kalispell Flathead’s Marcella Mercer are tied for third with identical 78s.

Carpenter earned a fourth-place finish at last year’s state invite, carding a two-day total 166. Defending champion Laurel Ward of Bozeman is tied for sixth place after totaling an 83 on Thursday. Fellow Hawk Danenhauer is the defending runner-up, while Cora Rosanova, last year’s fifth-place finisher, is currently in fifth with an 81.

Bozeman owns an eight-stroke lead in the girls team standings.

The Class AA state golf meet will conclude on Friday.

Individual scores and team scores can be found below.

2018 Class AA golf state meet

Boys individual results

Bozeman #2 Justus Verge 66
Bozeman #3 J.R. Small 71
Billings West #2 Blake Loberg 71
Billings Skyview #1 Cody Brunner 71
Bozeman #1 Jordan Verge 73
Butte High #1 Kaven Noctor 74
Bozeman #4 Jack Thorsen 74
Billings Senior #1 Brady Cady 74
Billings Skyview #2 Adam Nedens 76
Missoula Sentinel #1 Jack Johnston 76
Glacier #2 Will Salonen 76
Great Falls High #1 Connor Mora 78
Billings West #4 Mason Johnson 78
Missoula Sentinel #2 Joe Opitz 78
Missoula Sentinel #3 Connor Kessler 78
Glacier #1 Keaton Cassidy 78
Glacier #3 Sam Manaker 78
Billings Senior #2 Tyler Hall 79
Billings West #1 Jace Rhodes 79
Helena High #1 Gavin Anderson 79
Helena High #2 Caleb Binfet 79
Helena Capital #1 Gabe Witham 79
Billings Skyview #3 Ben Pope 80
Missoula Sentinel #4 Jaden Dennis 80
Glacier #4 Ethan Purdy 80
Bozeman #5 Ramey Lloyd 81
CMR #1 Tucker Pietrykowski 81
Billings Senior #3 Siam Wilailuck 81
Billings West #3 Peyton Streiff 81
Butte High #3 Carsten Quam 82
Billings Senior #4 Jhett Braley 82
Missoula Big Sky #2 Ryan Harvey 82
Missoula Hellgate #1 William Philliber 82
Billings West #5 Dylan Ahgren 83
Billings Skyview #5 Ben Ebel 83
Missoula Big Sky #1 Zach Harvey 83
Butte High #4 Ty Insko 85
Great Falls High #3 Trenton Olson 85
Missoula Hellgate #3 Aiden Gappert 85
Great Falls High #2 Tyson St. John 86
CMR #3 Connor Ferguson 87
Missoula Big Sky #3 Carson Suchecki 87
Helena Capital #2 Trevor Swanson 88
Helena Capital #3 Cas Bloomquist 88
Helena Capital #4 Brett Stoos 88
Helena High #4 Tucker Hauer 89
Helena High #5 Austin Zeiler 89
Flathead #1 Ezra Epperly 89
CMR #2 Landen Blades 90
Missoula Sentinel #5 Zach Hangas 90
Glacier #5 Caden  Willis 90
Flathead #2 Joston Cripe 90
Billings Skyview #4 Killian Yeager 91
Missoula Big Sky #4 Hayden Ellis 91
Missoula Hellgate #4 Kade McCulloch 92
Billings Senior #5 Reece Mayala 94
Flathead #3 Drew Lowry 94
Butte High #2 Danny McCloskey 95
CMR #5 Fox Weymouth 95
Helena Capital #5 Cale Hines 96
CMR #4 Brevyn Goosen 97
Butte High #5 Kellen Lean 98
Missoula Hellgate #2 Luke O’Leary 98
Helena High #3 Luke Thomson 98
Missoula Hellgate #5 Thomas Huguet 99
Flathead #4 Spencer Christy 101
Flathead #5 Sam Huckeba 108
Great Falls High #4 Briggs Johnson 114

 

Boys team scores

Bozeman — 284
Billings West — 309
Billings Skyview — 310
Missoula Sentinel — 312
Kalispell Glacier — 312
Billings Senior — 316
Butte — 336
Helena High — 336
Missoula Big Sky — 343
Helena Capital — 343
Great Falls CMR — 353
Missoula Hellgate — 357
Great Falls High — 363
Kalispell Flathead — 374

Girls individual scores

Billings West #1 Carrie Carpenter 73
Missoula Sentinel #1 Emily Garden 77
Bozeman #2 Annika Danenhauer 78
Flathead #1 Marcella Mercer 78
Bozeman #1 Cora Rosanova 81
Bozeman #3 Laurel Ward 83
Billings West #4 Kadence Fischer 83
Helena High #2 Ginny Kerr 84
Butte High #1 Kodie Hoagland 85
Helena High #1 Reyla Williams 85
Billings Skyview #2 Aliay Morrow 86
Butte High #5 Emily Kelly 88
Helena Capital #1 Kylee Longenecker 88
Bozeman #5 Maya Priebe 89
Glacier #1 Kate Trunkle 89
Billings West #5 Patyn Viker 90
Billings Skyview #4 Cierra Sundheim 91
Butte High #2 Grace Luoma 92
Billings Senior #1 Gigi Montague 92
Billings Skyview #3 Meilyn Armstrong 92
Butte High #4 Kennedy Lean 93
Bozeman #4 Sami Yates 93
Billings West #2 Nevin Larsen 93
Great Falls High #1 Kelly Jones 94
Helena High #3 Lauren Williams 94
Helena High #4 Pilar Santos 94
Billings Senior #3 Sami Benson 95
Billings West #3 Raelynn Bruyere 95
Billings Senior #4 Cassidy Venner 96
Flathead #2 Jillian Wynne 96
Butte High #3 Ella Prigge 98
Billings Senior #5 Bryn Turnquist 98
Billings Skyview #5 Amanda King 98
Great Falls High #3 Hannah Fehres 99
Billings Senior #2 Sidney Overby 99
Billings Skyview #1 Kyra Hart 99
Missoula Sentinel #2 Marissa Breum 100
Missoula Sentinel #3 Kate Nelson 101
Missoula Big Sky #4 Erin Murphy 102
Great Falls High #2 Morgan Sunchild 103
Missoula Sentinel #4 Sofia Fero 104
Glacier #4 Abi Manger 104
Glacier #2 Hailey Iverson 105
Helena Capital #3 Makayla Lawrence 107
Helena Capital #2 Lexi McNew 108
CMR #2 Bailee Potratz 109
Glacier #3 Avery Andersen 110
Flathead #3 Cassidy Lavin 110
Flathead #5 Tess Huckeba 112
Glacier #5 Hannah Nikunen 114
Helena Capital #5 Zita Graveley 115
CMR #1 Morgan Zuidema 116
CMR #3 Nichole Linder 116
Helena High #5 Jordan Johnson 116
Flathead #4 Sierra Dilworth 117
Missoula Big Sky #5 Morgan Jacobson 118
Great Falls High #5 Morgan Sukut 121
Great Falls High #4 Alexa Fjelstad 122
Helena Capital #4 Kendra Fuller 137

 

Girls team scores

Bozeman — 331
Billings West — 339
Helena High — 357
Butte — 358
Billings Skyview — 367
Billings Senior — 381
Missoula Sentinel — 382
Kalispell Flathead — 396
Kalispell Glacier — 408
Great Falls High — 417
Helena Capital — 418
Great Falls CMR — no team scores (not enough qualifiers)
Missoula Big Sky — no team scores (not enough qualifiers)