For the second straight year, Bishop Kelly’s Hunter Ostrom came from behind to win the 4A boys golf state individual championship.
The Notre Dame signee followed his first-day 73 with a second-day 72 at the 4A state tournament at Kuna’s Falcon Crest Golf Club. He finished with a tournament score of 145, two strokes clear of Twin Falls’ Daniel Gasper, to win his third individual state title.
Ostrom rallied from fourth place last year. He entered Tuesday in a tie for third place and remained steady as competitors ahead of him fell by the wayside.
Twin Falls came away with the boys team title at 598, edging Bishop Kelly by two strokes and winning its sixth straight state championship.
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Two other Knights finished inside the top 10 — Brody Bonfilio in third place at 147 and Nick Roberts in 10th place at 157.
Twin Falls also won the girls team title at 696, 41 strokes ahead of Middleton.
Canyon Ridge’s Bailey Henley took home the individual girls title with a two-day score of 151. Bishop Kelly’s Hannah Holloway (79-88—167) was the top local finisher in fourth place.
Emmett senior Jessica Lyter made sure it didn’t come down to another playoff, firing a second-day 75 at River Birch in Star to run away with the girls individual title at 158, 10 strokes ahead of the field.
Lyter lost the state title last season on a playoff hole. But after entering the day tied for first, she quickly broke free of the pack.
Kellogg won the girls team title at 777, seven strokes ahead of Buhl, which dominated the boys team race at 614, 27 strokes clear of Gooding.
Buhl’s Kasey Crossland edged teammate Hayden Eckert on a playoff hole for the boys individual title after both finished at 140.
Nampa Christian swept the team titles at RedHawk in Nampa, with the boys winning their first title since 2013 and the girls their first since 2011.
Parker Johnson led the boys, finishing third with a two-day score of 154 as Nampa Christian topped second-place Cole Valley Christian by 14 strokes. Taylor Fouts paced the girls in fifth place at 188 as the Trojans edged Lighthouse Christian by 17 shots.
Aberdeen’s Bo Knittell won the boys individual race at 146, and Soda Springs’ Tyler Erickson won the girls title at 159, 10 strokes ahead of second place.