BCHS golf teams hit the course running

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Down the middle

Dillon junior Ray Morrison hit a tee shot Tuesday morning at the Dillon tourney. On Monday, he led Dillon at the Butte Central Invitational. J.P. Plutt photo

The Dillon Beaver golf teams met for the first time this season last Thursday and had tryouts for the varsity. Another practice on Friday qualified any player who had been to both practices for varsity competition. And that competition came fast and furious.

On Monday, the team competed at the Butte Central Invitational, and on Tuesday the program hosted the Beaverhead Invitational at Beaverhead Golf Course. Friday, the Dillon teams will see the best from the eastern part of the state at the Livingston Invitational.

The Dillon boys team returns four quality golfers who have been involved in the BGC junior program for numerous years in Parker Puyear, Kenny and Ray Morrison, and Tyler Lagunas, all juniors. The fifth member of the varsity for the first week is Holter Santos, a senior. There are a total of nine boys on the roster.

Dillon head coach Justin Roberts has been at the helm for four years and brings back assistant coach Jim Eisenzimer for his second year on the staff.

“I’m excited, I’ve been with these guys since they’ve got in,” said Roberts on the varsity mainstays. “This is their third year and I’m excited to see what they can accomplish towards the end of the season.”

If the opener at Highland View Golf Course is any indication, this should be the best season under Roberts. Three team members, Ray Morrison, Puyear and Santos, all scored in the 80s.

“We’ve never had three scores in the 80s, so that’s pretty cool,” said Roberts. It was our best team score in my coaching era. I’m just looking to more of it now. These kids are gaining confidence and been in the program, so I’m excited to see what they will do.”

At Butte, the boys tied for fourth place, which with improvement, indicates the team could advance as a team to the state tournament out of the Western A Super Divisional. Four teams qualify and with favorites Polson, Whitefish and Hamilton solid as ever, Dillon will look to steal that fourth spot.

Dillon hosted 11 teams and 82 golfers on Tuesday in a meet that ended after the Dillon Tribune press deadline. There will be a report on the Dillon and Livingston results in next week’s paper.

On the girls side, with just two players, the team is in rebuilding mode. Izzy McCrea and Aubrey Zeren, both sophomores, may get more teammates after cuts in other fall sports.

Butte Central Invitational at Highland View Golf Course, Butte

Boys team scores – Livingston 309, Hamilton 312, Dillon 354, East Helena 354, Corvallis 370, Frenchtown 411.

DILLON (354) –– Ray Morrison 86, Parker Puyear 87, Holter Santos 88, Tyler Lagunas 93, Kenny Morrison 95.

BOYS TOP 10 – 1, Jackson Heath**, Hamilton, 68. 2, Aubrey Kelley, Livingston, 68. 3, Mason Anderson, Corvallis, 76. 4, Max Cianflone, Hamilton, 78. 5, Chance Marshall, Livingston, 79. 6, Danyk Jacobsen, Livingston, 80. 7, Kamas Romney, Frenchtown, 81. T8, Tate Jessop, Corvallis, 82. T8, Justin Brewer, East Helena, 82. T8, Cole Dickemore, Hamilton, 82. T8, Liam Higgins, Livingston, 82. **won scorecard playoff. Girls team scores –– Livingston 373, Hamilton 416, Frenchtown 455, Stevensville 505.

DILLON (N/A) –– Audrey Zeren 125, Izzi McCrea.

GIRLS TOP 10 – 1, Katie Lewis, Frenchtown, 78. 2, Aly Rose, Hamilton, 89. T3, Camille Poncin, Livingston, 91. T3, Ashlan Martensen, Livingston, 91. 5, Elsa Cajune, Livingston, 94. 6, Jessica Gubler, Livingston, 97. 7, Kara Allen, Livingston, 99. 8, Brooklyn Brown Hamilton, 103. 9, Ava Leopold, Corvallis, 110. 10, Emma Hollingsworth Hamilton, 111.