GREAT FALLS — Butte High’s girls’ golf team played from a different perspective Tuesday at the Eagle Falls Golf Course.
The Bulldogs fired a 357 on the second round of the Great Falls Invitational, falling from a tie for first place to third place.
Bozeman shot a second-round 334 for a 647 total and the team title. Billings West matched Monday’s 342 for a 648 and second. The Bulldogs, who shot 340 on Monday’s round at the Meadow Lark Country Club, were next at 697.
Butte High’s boys placed fourth in team standings of the tournament that included every Class AA team. (Results)
Butte High coach Eric Mankins called Tuesday a learning experience for his Bulldogs, especially his girls’ team.
“It’s a lot different being the hunted instead of the hunter,” Mankins said. “We’ll learn from this and get better.”
Kodie Hoagland placed third overall to lead the Bulldog girls. The sophomore followed Monday’s 79 with an 83 for a 162.
Carrie Carpenter of West won medalist honors at 157. She beat Bozeman’s Sami Yates by three shots. Bozeman’s Cora Rosanova, who was tied for the first-round lead at 78, placed forth at 165, one shot better than teammate Cooper Knarr.
Butte High’s Ella Prigge cracked the top 10, placing ninth at 170. She shot a final-round 170.
Also for the Bulldogs, Grace Luoma hit a 91 for a 179 and 13th place, MacKenzie Finnegan shot 95 for a 186, and Kennedy Lean hit 97 for a 194.
On the boys’ side, Butte High’s Kaven Noctor surged up the leaderboard with a 75. He finished fifth at 155.
Bozeman teammates Justin Verge and J.R. Small shared medalist honors at 140. Small shot a 67 on Tuesday to make up a five-shot deficit.
Bozeman’s Jordan Verge took third at 148, followed by Missoula Sentinel’s Joe Opitz at 151.
The Hawks lit up Eagle Falls for a 289 and a 585 total to easily win the team title. Sentinel was a distant second at 647. Helena Capital was third, while Butte High placed fourth at 664.
Butte High improved 12 shots from Monday for a 326.
Bulldog freshman Jack Prigge finished 12th in his first high school tournament. He shot 83 for a 163.
Also for the Bulldog boys, Ty Insko hit an 84 for a 168, Dawson Muffich shot 87 for a 181 and Hunter Salcido improved 15 shots for an 84 and a 183.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Monday and Tuesday at the Missoula Invitational. Butte High will host a tournament at Fairmont Sept. 4-5.