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Rocky Mountain, Bishop Kelly boys win state golf titles

From left, Rocky Mountain golfers Carson Barry, Drew Reinke, Ranger Downs, Sam Tidd and Jake Slocum celebrate their 5A state tournament victory Tuesday at Teton Lakes Golf Course in Rexburg.
From left, Rocky Mountain golfers Carson Barry, Drew Reinke, Ranger Downs, Sam Tidd and Jake Slocum celebrate their 5A state tournament victory Tuesday at Teton Lakes Golf Course in Rexburg. Courtesy of Rocky Mountain

Sam Tidd went to the doctor after his first round of golf at the 5A state tournament and learned that he had a 100-degree temperature and a sinus infection.

As bad as the Rocky Mountain High junior might have been feeling, Tidd still carded a 3-under-par 69 to match the lowest round of the tournament at Rexburg’s Teton Lakes Golf Course on Tuesday. He edged teammate and defending champion Carson Barry for the individual title by three strokes.

“We’ve been neck-and-neck since we were like 10 years old,” Tidd said. “He’s one of my best friends, though, so it’s fun.”

Tidd, an Oklahoma commit, finished at 4-under 140 over two rounds, and Barry, an Oregon State commit, was at 1-under 143 to lead the Grizzlies to their second team championship in a row. Tidd was two strokes back of Barry after the first day.

“Those two are always fighting it out,” Rocky Mountain coach Mike McCrady said. “They’re honestly a product of each other.”

Rocky Mountain won by 30 strokes last season and was more dominant in 2017. The Grizzlies (4-over 580) finished 48 strokes ahead of Madison (628). Eagle was third (632).

Grizzlies freshman Jake Slocum took fourth (149), junior Drew Reinke was eighth (152) and senior Ranger Downs (155) finished 11th. All five golfers had their score count on at least one of the two days.

“Our kids never really let up,” McCrady said. “It’s really all about beating each other. That’s how it’s always been.”

See complete results from every classification here.

HIGHLAND GIRLS

Payton Fehringer won her second straight individual title with ease, helping Highland collect its second team championship in three seasons.

Fehringer was the only golfer to record a round under par and finished with a 2-over 146 total. Meridian’s Kaitlyn Fleming was second (155) and Centennial’s Kaitlynn Deeble was third (157).

Centennial was tied with Highland for the team lead after the first day, but the Patriots ended up in second by two strokes. Timberline took third.

BK BOYS

Bishop Kelly ended a string of second-place finishes and the six-year reign of Twin Falls with a 22-stroke victory in the 4A state tournament at Pinecrest in Idaho Falls. The Knights wrapped up the 36-hole tournament with a 27-over 587 to easily beat second-place Minico (609) and third-place Twin Falls (622).

“Boy, we went out and played pretty much lights out the first day and got a really big lead,” BK coach Vince Derig said. “Then all the pressure was on everyone else.”

Senior Sam Goodman, who shared the first-round lead, separated himself from the pack for an even-par 140 and a two-shot win over Minico’s Chance Mosely. BK’s Nick Roberts was third (145), Brody Bonfilio sixth (149) and Alex Dykas ninth (153).

“I just think we had a really good mindset going in, and we didn’t want to have to be playing from behind,” Derig said.

Canyon Ridge (701) swept the girls team and individual titles. Bailey Henley finished at 8-over 148, 12 strokes clear of second-place Makena Rauch (160), of Moscow, and BK’s Hannah Holloway was third (168).

Bishop Kelly (740) was the top Treasure Valley finisher in the girls team standings in third place.

HOMEDALE

Homedale’s Daniel Uranga followed his first-round 77 with a 4-over 76 to finish as the 3A state runner-up at Idaho Falls Country Club. Andrew Cortez of American Falls earned medalist honors with a 1-over 145, and Fruitland sophomore Jake O’Neil was third (153).

The Kellogg boys ended Buhl’s four-year run in the team category with a 36-hole total of 647. The Buhl girls won their first championship since 1990 behind Kylie Crossland’s winning total of 170.

COLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN

The Cole Valley Christian boys won a one-hole playoff against conference rival Nampa Christian to claim the program’s first 2A state championship. Not to be outdone, the Chargers’ girls turned a five-stroke advantage after the first day into a nine-stroke victory at Jefferson Hills in Rigby.

“We had three state titles to our name, and all three were in basketball from many years ago, so this is quite awesome to be bringing this home,” Cole Valley coach Jeffrey Blackman said. “This coach has been bawling his eyes out for about three hours now. It’s crazy.”

The Chargers’ Rylie Brown and Ellie Blackman each totaled 174 to tie for third, and Jack Curran (151) was the team’s top male finisher, in third place.

Bear Lake’s Peyton Johnson (146, boys) and Soda Springs’ Tyler Erickson (156, girls) won individual titles.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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