Loco golf rides winning streak into Divisional tournament

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Sam Norman almost holed this chip on Laurel Golf Club’s 6th hole during the Laurel Invite on Sept. 17. Norman and Cameron Hackmann shot matching 73’s to tie for first place on a gusty day. The Loco boys took first, beating Billings Central by 29 strokes. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

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Breana Jensen hits a tee shot at Laurel Golf Club on Friday. Jensen was one of only two players to break 90 during a difficult and windy day. She shot 81 to take medalist honors and Hannah Adams had 83 which was good for 2nd. The Lady Locos won the tournament by 35 shots over Livingston.

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Trey Ewalt hits a recovery shot on the par–5 4th hole at Laurel Golf Club during the Laurel Invite on Friday.

The Lady Loco golf team extended their Class A tournament winning streak to 31 after picking up victories at the Billings Central and Laurel Invites last Thursday and Friday.

At the Central Invite at Peter Yegen Golf Course, Hannah Adams and Breana Jensen tied for 1st after shooting matching 75’s. It was Adams’ fourth tournament in a row where she finished 1st or a tie for 1st and Jenson’s 5th consecutive tournament finishing 1st or 2nd. Haylee Adams was 6th after an 85, Molly Cooney 12th after a 92 and Alyssa Robertus T13 after a 93.

Their team total of 327 put them 29 strokes ahead of 2nd place Livingston.

The next day in strong winds at Laurel Golf Club, Jensen and Adams were the only players to break 90. Jensen was medalist with an 81 and Hannah Adams runner–up with an 83.

The girls’ 357 total was 35 shots ahead of Livingston. Robertus took 8th with a 96, Haylee Adams 9th with a 97 and Molly Cooney finished in 10th after a 98.

On the JV squad, Madison Harada shot 107, Alivia Kuhr 118 and Kenadie Berg posted 154.

On the boy’s side, Eli Weisenberger shot a career–low 72 at Peter Yegen Sept. 16 to tie for 3rd place after firing a 33 on the back nine of the par 71 course.

Cameron Hackmann took 6th after a 74, Sam Norman and Trayson Hart tied for 9th after a pair of 78’s and Trey Ewalt was T15 after an 81. Casey Wilson shot 82 for the JV team.

The team’s 302 was good for a 2nd place finish behind Livingston who shot 297.

The boys took advantage of playing at their home course on Friday in spite of 30 mph winds. The team easily won the tournament, besting Central by 29 strokes with a 308 total.

Hackmann and Norman finished on top with outstanding one–over 73’s in the blustery conditions. Weisenberger was the only other player in the field to break 80, posting a 79 to take solo 3rd.

Trayson Hart tied for 7th with an 83 and Trey Ewalt finished T12 after an 86.

Now both teams are in Sidney playing their practice rounds for the Divisional tournament tomorrow.

At last year’s tournament at Lake Hills Golf Course in Billings, the girls won by 61 strokes on their march to their third State title in a row. They took four of the top five spots individually with Hannah and Haylee Adams taking 1st and 2nd place respectively.

The boys took 2nd, finishing five strokes behind Billings Central with then–senior Carson Hackmann taking medalist honors.

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