Golfers hit strong

Big Timber sophomore Tanna Campbell returns to the course for the Lady Herders and appears to be in hot pursuit of her second-consecutive state girl’s golf title. 

On the opening par-five hole, Tanna reached the green in two strokes and went on to get a birdie, setting the tone for the front nine. Tanna finished the round with a 42 and went on to take first place with an 85 for the day at the Huntley Project Invitational at Pryor Creek Golf Course on Thursday in Huntley.

Big Timber coach Dan Campbell said that she has been putting a lot of pressure on herself but is also settling down and playing more consistent golf.

“She knows the game well and she’s very competitive,” Dan Campbell said. “She has been working on her short game — chipping, putting —which has improved her scoring.”

On Tuesday, Tanna led with an 87 to finish in second place, helping the Lady Herders take fourth place overall with 475 team points at the Bridger Creek tournament. Madilyn Emter shot a 104, Holli Kovatch had a 136 and Marissa Morgan finished with a 148 for Big Timber. 

At Pryor Creek, Cliff Weller shot a 79 to take fifth place and Blake Finn had an 84 for the Big Timber boys team to take second place behind Colstrip at 308 points.

Caleb Patton finished with a 91 and Carter Brownlee and Keegan Durfee each scored a 95 for the Herders. 

“Weller and Finn have been real consistent as the 1-2 players on the team,” Dan Campbell said. “Weller has developed his game over the summer and is shooting well below where he was at last year.”

Finn finished 14th at the state tournament last year as a freshman.

Campbell said he likes where his team is at mentally at this point in the season as Big Timber approaches the Shepherd Invitational at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Eagle Rock Golf Course in Billings.

For Tanna, Eagle Rock has a special significance — it’s the course where she won her state title last year. 

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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers

 

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