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Laurel girls, Billings Central boys win Eastern A golf titles

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 23:31:52-04

BILLINGS -- As they have made a habit of doing all season, the Laurel girls ran away with the Eastern A divisional golf tournament on Thursday at Lake Hills Golf Course in Billings.

Laurel had four girls in the top five, including the top two spots, which were occupied by twin sisters Hannah and Haylee Adams. Hannah claimed the individual title with a 7-over-par 79, while Haylee finished just one stroke back at 8-over.

"The sibling rivalry is really there. We had no idea how close we were to each other until the final hole. ... I think we're just ready to go to state now and do our thing," Hannah Adams said.

"I heard (Hannah) say 79 and I was like, 'Oh my gosh. I could have actually beat her with two strokes.' It was a close call. I didn't realize how good I was playing the last couple of holes," Haylee Adams said.

Breana Jensen and Alivia Webinger finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for Laurel. Molly Coony finished seventh, giving the Locomotives five golfers in the Eastern A's top seven.

Miles City's Karsyn Swigart finished third after shooting an 85. Sidney finished second in the team race, 61 strokes behind the Locomotives.

Laurel's boys couldn't make it a Locomotive sweep on Thursday, though, as Billings Central finished five strokes ahead of Laurel to capture the team title.

Billings Central was led by Nick Pasquarello, who won a pair of state titles during his two years in Laurel. Pasquarello shot a 2-over-par 74 to finish second individually, one stroke behind Laurel's Carson Hackman.

Golfers had to battle the elements, which was a factor in the scores being a little higher than expected as golfers had to grind through the round.

"You really have to go back to the old adage that it's one shot at a time. You really have to be disciplined and make yourself do that knowing that the next shot you have to hit has no relevance to the shots previous to that," Laurel head coach Jim O'Neil said. "It was a grind. It was a marathon, an endurance test out there (Thursday). The greens were slick, the wind was a factor. It was kind of hot and dry. Mental focus, as well -- about every third or fourth hole you have to readjust yourself and focus back in."

"When the wind really started picking up, it got really tough out there," Billings Central head coach Mark Hutchinson said. "The course was in just perfect condition. The greens were great. A couple of the pins were really tough, though. We had a couple really short putts that they hit them and I thought, 'That's in.' Last second, took a hard turn right and just missed. It was tough out there for everybody."

Havre finished third in the team race, just one stroke ahead of Livingston. Central's Malachi Stewart finished third with a 79, Reese Jensen finished tied sixth with an 82 and Conor Walsh finished 10th with an 84. Laurel's Landen Gradwohl finished sixth with an 82 and Trey Ewalt finished eighth with an 83.

The State A golf tournament will be held next week at Butte Country Club, as Laurel's boys and girls teams will each be seeking a three-peat.

Top four teams and top 30 individuals can be found below.


Top 4 Teams
1stBillings Central319
Top 30 Individual
1stCarson HackmanLaurel73
2ndNick PasquarelloBC74
3rdMalachi StewartBC79
4thJake HendersonFergus80
5thRyder LeeMC81
6thLanden GradwohlLaurel82
7thReese JensenBC82
8thTrey EwaltLaurel83
9thDanyk JacobsenPark83
10thConor WalshBC84
11thCaleb SpanglerHavre84
12thElie WeisenbergerLaurel86
13thLiam HigginsPark86
14thMatthew HansenSidney88
15thCade EwaltLaurel89
16thCaleb Chamblis89
17thCarter Wichman91
18thJosh Warp92
19thBryce Hayes92
20thBraden Kindopp94
21stTheron Peterson94
22ndTaven Coon94
23rdKaden Harding95
24thFischer Brown96
25thTruman Pierce96
26thCarson Barta97
27thChance Marshall99
28thConnor Brown100
29thTate Hazen101
30thWill Tipton102


Top 4 Teams
Top 30 Individual
1stHannah AdamsLaurel79
2ndHaylee AdamsLaurel80
3rdKarysn SwigartMC85
4thBreana JensenLaurel85
5thAlivia WebingerLaurel90
6thKarly VolkSidney95
7thMolly CoonyLaurel96
8thSarah KaranjaiSidney96
9thAshlan MortensonPark99
10thJessica GublerPark100
11thKenzie BenderBC101
12thKiaralynn WedingerLockwood101
13thKara AllenPark101
14thJocelyn StaplesHavre102
15thAdriana BeyerleSidney102
16thElla Norby102
17thEmilee Iverson107
18thCarlee Kato108
19thElsa Cajune108
20thJori Haugen109
21stIzzy Mecklenburg113
22ndMariah Fogle114
23rdAnna Gremaux118
24thGianna Gutowski118
25thRevonna Alamo119
26thGemma Sharples119
27thBrookLynn Behl120
28thCancence Blankenship122
29thErin Hafemann123
30thSylvie Mckeon-Hanson125