Dillon golfers enter into post-season at Western A Divisional

J.P. Plutt
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The BCHS golf teams have finished the regular season with meets last week at Helena and Hamilton, and will now travel to Libby for the Friday afternoon Western A Divisional Tournament at Cabinet View Golf Course. The 18-hole affair will determine State A qualifiers from the West for the state A meet at Hamilton.

The regular season tourney finale at Hamilton this past Saturday was the first tourney of the year where a majority of the Western A teams were present. Dillon coach Justin Roberts feels the Hamilton tourney this past Saturday would be fairly representative of what will happen in Libby on Friday. The Dillon boys were fifth in the team standings, with no top 10 players.

The top four teams qualify for state out of divisional and then the next eight best players that are not on the top four teams also qualify for state. Roberts feels Dillon could qualify as many as four players or possibility five through “the next eight” route, and then be able to compete as a team at the state tourney.

“Parker Puyear is our most consistent golfer, he has shot between 82 and 87 I think for every tournament,” said Roberts. “ Ray (Morrison) has been our number two and Braxton (Turney) our number three. Then Kenny (Morrison) and Kyle (Jones).”

Turney is a freshman, Puyear and the Morrison twins are seniors. Jones is a junior. On the team side, Hamilton, Whitefish and Polson will be in a close battle for the title. Corvallis should lurk in the fourth position, with Dillon having a shot at fifth place.

On the girls side, Dillon has placed second in every meet going into Hamilton, but there were only two team scores eligible in those meets. At Hamilton, with six teams eligible, Dillon placed fourth.

The Dillon team is lead by three freshmen – Briley Alberi, Kira Kemph and Tatum Nagel and eighth grader Skylar LaPierre. All four have the ability to shoot under 100, but they have not all done so in the same tournament yet this year. Dillon’s fifth player is Aubrey Zeren, a junior, who has improved her weekly score by over 20 strokes from the start of the year. To get a team score, a team can use the best four of five scores.

“They’re young and they’ve played all summer,” said Roberts. “We had an opportunity to bring Skylar up (from eighth grade) because we didn’t have enough for a full team. We’re super young so the future is bright. We’re not going to win anything this year, but we could sneak up on Hamilton and get third at divisional. At state, it is possible we could finish in the top five.”