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State AA golf: Sentinel's Kade McDonough, Bozeman's Sami Yates take home state titles

Bozeman girls, Sentinel boys win team titles
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Posted at 8:51 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 02:17:06-04

MISSOULA — The State AA golf tournament concluded Friday in Missoula with the Bozeman girls making another historic run, and a freshman breaking onto the scene in the boys tournament.

On the girls side, it was Bozeman's three golfers -- Cooper Knarr, Sami Yates, and Franchi Ceartin -- who were positioned first, second and third, respectively, at the beginning of Day 2.

Day 2 teed off at Missoula Country Club that features tighter fairways and more trees than Day 1's venue at Larchmont Golf Course.

To start the day Knarr led Yates by two strokes. By the end of the tournament, Yates and Knarr went back and forth with Yates finishing one stroke ahead, shooting a 74 to win the individual title by one stroke (152).

Knarr finished with a total of 153, shooting a 77 on Day 2.

Ceartin finished tied for fifth with an 18-over-par 161.

In the end, Bozeman crushed the rest of the field as a team, winning the state title with a combined 66-over-par 638.

“Our team just really has been grinding and we’ve been talking about every single tournament like every shot counts," said Yates. "I really think that our team took that to heart and I saw the girls just grinding and really just putting all they had into their golf game.”

It's Bozeman's fifth straight girls team title, dating back to 2016.

The next-closest team was Billings West, led by junior golfer Kadence Fischer. West finished with a combined 699.

"I am so proud of my team, they did so good," said Fischer. "Like we beat some teams that we haven’t beat all year. We really fought through this state tournament."

On the boys side, it was freshman Kade McDonough who held his Day 1 lead and led the Missoula Sentinel Spartans to their first team title since 1999.

McDonough was the only player in both fields to shoot under par on Day 1 at Larchmont, with a 2-under 70. He continued that performance on Day 2 shooting a 2-under 70 once again to finish 4-under with a 140.

Sentinel's Joe Opitz, Andrew Hauser and Zach Hangas rounded out the Spartan scores, shooting 72, 73, and 82, respectively, on Day 2 to help lead them to the title.

"(Thursday) I didn’t even play that bad, I just had trouble adjusting to the greens, so it felt good to just get back to a more common territory," said Opitz.

In the Bozeman Gallatin Raptors' first year as a school, they asserted themselves as a threat in Class AA moving forward.

Their three junior golfers, Justus and Jordan Verge and Stevie Voight, all shot in the 70s on both days and helped lead the Raptors to second place in the team competition.

"Overall, the team played pretty good, we played pretty smart (Friday)," said Justus Verge. "(Thursday) we got in some trouble we probably shouldn’t have. Overall, I think as a team I’m really proud of how we fought and hung in there. No one had their A-game on both days, so it was a grind for sure. But that’s golf, so you have to love the good and the bad."

Jordan and Justus finished in second and third, respectively, shooting a 144 and 150. Voight finished in seventh place with a 10-over 153.

"No matter what we shot, we were going to have fun doing it," said Voight. "I played pretty good over the two days, had some putts that didn’t fall Day 1, but as a team we put it in the trees a little too much (Friday) so that was probably our downfall as a group."

Here are the final boys scores:

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2Verge, JordanGallatin+17470144
T3Verge, JustusGallatin+77476150
T3Groshelle, EliCMR+77773150
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6Salonen, WillKalispell Glacier+97676152
7Voight, StevieGallatin+107677153
8Avery, TylerKalispell Glacier+117480154
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T11Cassidy, KeatonKalispell Glacier+147978157
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T15Ellis, HaydenMissoula Big Sky+187982161
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T33Weymouth, FoxCMR+288091171
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59Philipps, CarterCMR+59100102202
60Falk, BrodieBelgrade+61102102204

Here are the final girls scores:

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2Knarr, CooperBozeman+107677153
T3Mercer, MarcellaKalispell Flathead+178377160
T3Walsh, KenzieBillings Senior+178377160
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T7Hoagland, KodieButte High+198280162
T7Fischer, KadenceBillings West+198181162
10Chapman, CeliHelena High+218381164
11Williams, LaurenHelena High+228580165
T12Wynne, JillianKalispell Flathead+268683169
T12Lloyd, AddileyGallatin+268782169
14Johnson, BellaBillings West+289081171
T15Benson, SamiBillings Senior+298587172
T15Sundheim, CierraBillings Skyview+298884172
17Armstrong, MeilynBillings Skyview+339284176
T18NcNew, LexiHelena Capital+378793180
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20Atkins, EllyBozeman+388893181
T21Priebe, SaraBozeman+409984183
T21Voegele, MeganBillings West+409192183
23Griffin, AlanaKalispell Glacier+439393186
T24Gravely, ZitaHelena Capital+4510682188
T24Brocklebank, AnnikaBillings West+459395188
T24Tanner, ChloeKalispell Glacier+459494188
T27O'Mara, PaigeHelena Capital+469594189
T27McGregor, BarbaraBillings West+469990189
T29Lean, KennedyButte High+479892190
T29Jones, KellyGreat Falls+479595190
31Sunchild, MorganGreat Falls+489695191
32Madsen, AlexCMR+5092101193
33Finnegan, MackenzieButte High+519896194
T34Bury, MakaylaHelena Capital+529996195
T34Ceartin, ZoieGallatin+529996195
36Turnquist, BrynBillings Senior+539997196
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T37Claridge, StellaKalispell Glacier+5496101197
39Savage, MeganButte High+58101100201
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41Williams, BreannaBillings Skyview+6199105204
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T43Murer, McKinlieKalispell Flathead+70108105213
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T45Sandler, KennaKalispell Glacier+73115101216
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48Fero, SofieMissoula Sentinel+84116111227
49Whitaker, JordanBelgrade+89113119232
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52Mamangnun, LeilaBelgrade+95129109238
53Dykhuizen, SophiaKalispell Flathead+96122117239
54Owens, AshleeMissoula Big Sky+99120122242
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56Stensrud, AnnaMissoula Hellgate+112117138255
57Murray, AltaMissoula Sentinel+113124132256