Flathead, Glacier golfers chasing titles at invitational

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Flathead and Glacier are contending for individual and team titles at the Kalispell Invitational golf tournament.

The Flathead girls, led by sophomore Marcella Mercer, lead the team standings with a 374 total following Wednesday’s action at Northern Pines Golf Club.

Mercer is second in individual play, trailing Missoula Sentinel’s Emily Garden, who shot a 7-over 79, by a stroke.

Mercer was the medalist last week in Helena.

Helping Flathead top the standings was the play of Jillian Wynne and Cassidy Lavin. Both shot 93 and are in a three-way tie for sixth place.

“I was proud of their ability to go out there, grind and manage the course well,” Flathead coach Kyle Dunfee said of his top three.

“One more day.

“Overall, they competed well,” Dunfee said of his team.

“Cassidy Lavin had her best round under my watch. I would guess that she was happy with her play.”

Sentinel’s boys had the best score with a 313 total, but Glacier is right there in second at 319. Hamilton is third at 323.

Connor Mora of Great Falls High and Jack Johnston of Sentinel top the leader board with 1-over 73s.

Keaton Cassidy of Glacier is third with his 75 and Trey Kelley of Polson is fourth with a 76.

Only seven strokes separate Cassidy from Glacier’s No. 4 scorer. Ethan Purdy and Will Salonen both shot 81 for a three-way tie for 11th place. Sam Manaker turned in an 82.

The tournament ends today with the final 18 holes at Buffalo Hill Golf Club. Play starts at 10 a.m.

“I’m elated,” Glacier coach Jim Schaible said of the effort by his boys and girls

“It was just such an emotional day with the rain delay, two groups of people who couldn’t finish and lightning in the middle of the golf course.

“Keaton just kept it together. Even when a shot put him in jeopardy, he got it back. On 18 he was in the deep grass, beat it out of there, put it on the green from 130 to 140 yards out and made the putt for par. He survived, made the good plays.

“Trunkle had a good hole on 18,” Schaible added.

“She chipped one in from 40 yards out for a birdie. Obviously that makes a kid feel great. Her game has improved steadily the last couple weeks. I hope it continues.”

Kalispell Invitational

Wednesday at Northern Pines Golf Club

Par 72 for boys and girls


Team Totals

Missoula Sentinel 313, Glacier 319, Hamilton 323, Great Falls High 338, Missoula Big Sky 342, Polson 350, Great Falls C.M. Russell 353, Glacier JV 356, Missoula Hellgate 361, Flathead 367, Columbia Falls 393, Flathead JV 410


Connor Mora, Great Falls 73

Jack Johnston, Sentinel 73

Keaton Cassidy, Glacier 75

Trey Kelley, Polson 76

Connor Kessler, Sentinel 78

Tanner Hanson, Hamilton 79

Tyson St. John, Great Falls 79

Tucker Pietrykowski, CMR 79

Bryce Reed, Hamilton 80

Joe Opitz, Sentinel 80

Ethan Purdy, Glacier 81

Will Salonen, Glacier 81

Zach Harvey, Big Sky 81

Zach Taylor, Hamilton 82

Tristan Hanson, Hamilton 82

Sam Manaker, Glacier 82

Zach Hangas, Sentinel 82

Matt Hobbs, Polson 83

Ezra Epperly, Flathead 83

Ryan Harvey, Big Sky 85

Trenton Olson, Great Falls 86

Joe Schlegel, Glacier JV 86

Coby Kunda, Glacier JV 86

Caden Willis, Glacier 87

Carson Suchecki, Big Sky 87

Aiden Gappert, Hellgate 87

Trey Perkins, Columbia Falls 88

Kade McCulloch, Hellgate 88

Drew Lowry, Flathead JV 88

Hayden Ellis, Big Sky 89

Tyler Langton, Columbia Falls 90

Landen Blades, CMR 90

Ryan Thomsen, Flathead 90

Andrew Hauser, Sentinel 90

Dylan Fisher, Glacier JV 91

Connor Ferguson, CMR 92

Fox Weymouth, CMR 92

Thomas Huguet, Hellgate 92

Calvin Nowlen, Polson 93

Hunter Berke, Glacier JV 93

Joston Cripe, Flathead 94

Kris Rosenbaum, Big Sky 94

William Philliber, Hellgate 94

Cody Brothwell, Columbia Falls 95

Marcus Gurzynski, Hellgate 96

Jeff Devlin, Polson 98

Daniel Juneau, Great Falls 100

Spencer Christy, Flathead 100

Briggs Johnson, Great Falls 102

Sam Huckeba, Flathead 103

Hunter Driear, Flathead JV 103

Lucas Coulter, Flathead JV 104

Brayce Clack, Hamilton 106

Kane Morisaki, Glacier JV 108

Brevyn Goosen, CMR 110

Carson Bauer, Flathead JV 115

Marcus Killman, Columbia Falls 120

Bobby Dewbre, Columbia Falls 128

Kadin Miller, Flathead JV 144


Team Totals

Flathead 374, Glacier 384, Great Falls High 399, Polson 399, Hamilton 432; not scoring — Great Falls C.M. Russell, Missoula Big Sky, Missoula Sentinel, Flathead JV, Glacier JV


Emily Garden, Sentinel 79

Marcella Mercer, Flathead 80

Kelci Martin, Hamilton 86

Kate Trunkle, Glacier 86

Erin Murphy, Big Sky 86

Alana Griffin, Glacier JV 92

Hannah Fehres, Great Falls 93

Jillian Wynne, Flathead 93

Cassidy Lavin, Flathead 93

Cali Cannon, Polson 94

Hailey Iverson, Glacier 95

Esme Yarbrough, Polson 96

Kelly Jones, Great Falls 96

Marissa Breum, Sentinel 97

Aliy Rose, Hamilton 100

Morgan Sunchild, Great Falls 100

Avery Anderson, Glacier 100

Bailee Potratz, CMR 102

Nichole Linder, CMR 102

Ellie Thiel, Polson 103

Abi Manger, Glacier 103

Amanda Farley, Polson 106

Morgan Zuidema, CMR 106

Katelyne Druyvestein, Polson 107

Morgan Jacobson, Big Sky 107

Sophia Doyle, Hamilton 108

Sheridan Stroop, Flathead 108

Hannah Nikunen, Glacier JV 108

Alexa Fjelstad, Great Falls 110

Morgan Sukut, Great Falls 112

Sierra Dilworth, Flathead 112

Stella Claridge, Glacier 113

Tess Huckeba, Flathead JV 120

Laura Grachek, Flathead JV 120

Blayke Foppiano, Glacier JV 125

Haile Spear, Hamilton 138

Atlanta Waltman, Flathead JV 162

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