Ronan golf edges county rival Polson by single stroke

| September 3, 2020 12:00 AM

At the Ronan Invitational this past Thursday held at the Mission Mountain Golf Course, the host Maidens and Chiefs maximized their home course advantage by edging both their respective rival Polson squads by a single stroke. Scorecard playoffs determined the sequence for girls 6-7, 9-10 and boys 6-10.

On the girls side, the Maidens captured the team title while Polson Lady Pirate Ellie Thiel took home individual medalist honors with a low 80s finish. This was the second medalist showing by Thiel thus far this season.

Ronan's Macao Jackson led the Maidens with a 94, not only shaving four strokes off her previous outing, but also edging out the top Whitefish golfer in a scorecard playoff when both tied. Maiden Kylee Niemeyer captured the eighth spot, while Polson's Kylee Siefert edged out the top Hamilton contender during a scorecard playoff for ninth.

On the boys side of the spectrum, the Whitefish Bulldogs took home both team as well as individual medalist honors.

The host Chiefs finished third with a 353 by edging Polson by a single stroke. The Chiefs were paced by Colter Cornwell with a score in the mid-80s to finish seventh after his scorecard playoff against Whitefish golfer Gates Gilman. The home course suited the Ronan boys well as they shaved 23 strokes off their previous outing last week in Whitefish.

The Pirate boys were led by freshmen Torrin Ellis and Christian Lund with dual 87s as both closed out the final two slots among the top ten after a three-way scorecard playoff.

Both Ronan and Polson golf squads are slated to competed on two different courses in Frenchtown midweek.

2020 Ronan Invitational

Mission Mountain GC

Thursday, August 26

Girls

Team scores

1, Ronan 400; 2, Polson 401; 3, Hamilton 415; 4, Frenchtown 429; 5, Whitefish 432; 6, Browning 439; 7, Columbia Falls 472.

Top Ten Individuals

1, Ellie Thiel (Pol) 82; 2, Jill SureChief (Bro) 86; 3, Harper Armitage (Ft) 87; 4, Jasi Oyler (Ste) 88; 5, Aly Rose (Ham) 93; 6, Macao Jackson (Ron) 94; 7, Kendall Reed (Wf) 94; 8, Kylee Niemeyer (Ron) 100; 9, Kylee Siefert (Pol) 101; 10, Hayley Bender (Ham) 101.

Girls team results

RONAN (400) – Macao Jackson 94, Kylee Niemeyer 100, Alyssa PrettyOnTop 102, Madyson RunningCrane 104, Aaliyah Decker 112.

POLSON (401) – Ellie Thiel 82, Kylee Siefert 101, Ashley Maki 107, Clare Konen 111, Carly Garrick 115.

HAMILTON (415) – Aly Rose 93, Hayley Bender 101, McKinley Murray 106, Brooklyn Brown 115, Emma Hollinsworth 119.

FRENCHTOWN (429) – Harper Armitage 87, Grace Bintz 102, Grace Martello 114, Kyla Stark 126, Savannah Bertollt 140.

WHITEFISH ( 432) – Kendall Reed 94, Makenna Woody 108, Tallory Workman 110, Maddie Sramek 120.

BROWNING (439) – Jill SureChief 86, Brittney Wagner 102, Brooke Blue 114, Joslyn Grinsell 137, Cassidy DayRider 139.

C-FALLS (472) – Elizabeth Opalka 102, Rylie Cole 102, Eddie Chisholm 133, Emma Cooley 135, Hannah Tyler 143.

LIBBY – Kayley Svenasbye 127, McKenna McNully 130, Gabby Fantozzi 135.

STEVENSVILLE – Jasi Oyler 88.

Boys

Team scores

1, Whitefish 309; 2, Hamilton 345; 3, Ronan 353; 4, Polson 354; 5, Columbia Falls 376; 6, Frenchtown 393; 7, Libby 402; 8, Browning 510.

Top Ten Individuals

1, Billy Smith (Wf) 67; 2, Tanner Hanson (Ham) 73; 3, Marcus Kilman (Wf) 76; 4, Ben Duhame (Ft) 79; 5, Bjorn Olson (Wf) 81; 6, Gates Gilman (Wf) 85; 7, Colter Cornwell (Ron) 85; 8, Luke Sova (CF) 87; 9, Torrin Ellis (Pol) 87; 10, Christian Lund (Pol) 87.

Boys Team Results

WHITEFISH (309) – Billy Smith 67, Marcus Kilman 76, Bjorn Olson 91, Gates Gillman 85, Matthew Peschel 99

HAMILTON (345) – Tanner Hanson 73, Max Cianflone 88, Jackson Heath 88, Cole Dickamore 96, Emerson Widmer 96.

RONAN (353) – Colter Cornwell 85, Dillon PrettyOnTop 88, Troy Alford 89, Ruben Couture 91, Sage Coffman 98.

POLSON (354) – Torrin Ellis 87, Christian Lund 87, Hunter Emerson 88, Carson Hupka 92, Cole Cross 100.

C-FALLS (376) – Luke Sova 87, Cody Brothwell 88, Lane Clark 97, Jaeger Mohr 104, Kale Peters 112

FRENCHTOWN (393) – Ben Duhame 79, Keaton Simpson 102, Aidan Boller 103, Porter Tollefson 109, Logan McNally 121.

LIBBY (402) – Mason Gotham 88, Reece Malyevac 94, Landon Haddock 104, Thomas Roark 116, Dylan Buckner 117.

BROWNING (510) – Benny Kittson 104, Keenan RidesAtTheDoor 124, Shandon Wagner 136, Gus MakesColdWeather 146, Josiah Lahr

STEVENSVILLE – Selwyn Hackett 98.