Four Treasure Valley teams, three individuals win state golf titles

Three individuals also earn championships, including a Bishop Kelly sweep in 4A.

STATESMAN STAFFMay 15, 2013 

Treasure Valley teams claimed half of the eight championship trophies up for grabs on the final day of state golf tournaments.

The Rocky Mountain girls and Eagle boys went wire-to-wire in 5A, and the Bishop Kelly girls won their second straight 4A title. The Nampa Christian boys returned to the top of the 2A podium for the first time since 2007.

Individual champs are Eagle's Graysen Huff (5A boys), and BK's Haley Nist (4A girls) and Hunter Ostrom (4A boys).

5A GIRLS

Rocky Mountain capped an unbeaten season with the first state title in program history.

The Grizzlies (667) denied defending champion Lewiston (690) on its home course with a 23-stroke victory Tuesday at the Lewiston Country Club.

"It was really a team effort, and that was the best part about it," Rocky Mountain coach Mike McCrady said. "... They knew why they were there. They were intense about what they were doing."

Rocky juniors Ryleigh Moore and Carson Pickett each finished with a two-day total of 161 to take fourth and fifth, respectively, after a scorecard playoff. Senior Gabrielle Giesbrecht posted a 165 for seventh, senior Shaunel Fillmore totaled a 181 and sophomore Hannah Giesbrecht added a 182.

"Since the first day, we said our goal was to win the state championship, and now all our hard work paid off," Pickett said.

Lewiston's Amy Hasenoehrl defended her individual title by rallying for a 65 to force a playoff with Vallivue junior Gabby Barker. Hasenoehrl trailed Barker by five strokes after the first day. Barker carded back-to-back rounds of 2-under 70.

5A BOYS

Four Eagle golfers finished in the top 10 to help the Mustangs win their fifth championship in six years.

Teammates Graysen Huff and Colby Dean squared off in a sudden-death playoff to determine the individual winner. Both parred the 18th hole at Lewiston Golf and Country Club on the first try, but sophomore Huff birdied 18 on his second try, while junior Dean parred. "We came here to win as a team, and individually was just an extra bonus," Huff said.

Huff and Dean shot 1-under 143s, while junior Chris Carew (145) was fourth, freshman Josh Gliege (146) fifth and junior Aden Cowley (152) 13th.

Eagle's top four combined for a 574 to beat Coeur d'Alene, which posted a 599. Lewiston (625) was third, followed by Boise (629) and Timberline (633).

District Three champion Mark Brassey of Timberline was one stroke behind the leaders at 144.

4A GIRLS

Bishop Kelly junior Haley Nist posted rounds of 75 and 81 on her way to her first individual title and a second straight team championship. Nist's 12-over 156 at the University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow bettered Hannah Drake of Century by four strokes.

"Today I struggled a bit, but I wanted to keep it together and our team played well together, so I was glad we won,'' Nist said.

Bishop Kelly (682) beat Twin Falls (734) for the second year in a row and now has 11 titles in program history. Century (760) was third and Skyview (794) fourth.

The Knights had four golfers in the top 10 - junior Abby Jorgensen (175, seventh), senior Kindall Murie (175, eighth) and junior Jennifer Wilson (176, 10th). Sophomore Bella Ludwig had a 188. "They had their two best rounds of the year yesterday and today," coach Derek McCormick said.

4A BOYS

Twin Falls won its third straight title, but District Three teams didn't go home empty.

Bishop Kelly freshman Hunter Ostrom carded rounds of 72 and 71 for a 1-under 143 and a six-shot individual victory over Alex Perkins of Twin Falls and Taylor Hopkins of Middleton.

Ostrom solidified his win by birdieing five straight holes in the second round.

"He's shown signs of brilliance all year," BK coach Vince Derig said. "... All of a sudden yesterday he really, really picked up his game."

The Bruins (619) edged Bishop Kelly (625) by six strokes, while Middleton (627) was third.

3A GIRLS

Senior Kaceelyn Pouttu won her fourth consecutive championship to lead Kellogg to a title. Pouttu finished with rounds of 77 and 71 for a 2-over 148 at The Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls. Weiser's Evanann Woodcock was second for the second year in a row with a 165.

Kellogg's top four golfers combined for a 716. Weiser (781) was second, Marsh Valley (800) third and Fruitland (815) fourth.

3A BOYS

Buhl rallied from a nine-stroke deficit after the first day to defeat Shelley at The Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls.

The Indians finished with a two-day total of 637; Weiser (664) was fourth.

Shelley's Keifer Higham sat in a three-way tie for first following an opening-round 2-over 74, but managed to separate himself with a 75 in the second round. Homedale's Reed Maggard was second with rounds of 80 and 73. Maggard's 1-over 73 was the best round of the tournament.

2A GIRLS

Aberdeen (852) held off McCall-Donnelly (866) at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley.

Despite adding 10 strokes to her first-round 70, Castleford's Sierra Harr earned the individual win by 26 shots over Nampa Christian's Megan Castledine.

2A BOYS

Nampa Christian (708) padded its first-round lead to 18 strokes over Valley (726) to win its first boys team title since 2007.

Chris Simmons cracked the top 10 for the Trojans with a 167, while Zak Johnson and Kasen Isaacson each shot 172. Hunter Steinwinter and Colby Guisasola each added totals of 202.

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