Butte’s Hoagland second, Prigge third at State AA

BOZEMAN — Make if 4 for 4 for Kodie Hoagland.

The Butte High senior closed her remarkable prep golf career Friday by placing second at the Class AA State tournament. (Results)

Hoagland improved nine shots from a first-round 82 to a final-round 73 on the Cottonwood Hills Golf Club. Her 155 total put her seven shots behind Billings West’s Bella Johnson, who hit 71-77 to win the state title.

Third-place Kenzie Walsh of Billings Senior finished 10 shots behind Hoagland, who earned All-State honors for the fourth time as a Bulldog. That distinction goes to the top 15 individuals.

Hoagland placed 15th as a freshman, 12th as a sophomore and seventh as a junior. She also was part of Butte High teams that twice hoisted the third-place team trophy.

As this chapter of Hoagland’s golf career came to an end, Butte High’s Jack Prigge saw his junior season close with promise. Prigge matched par at 72 for the second straight day to finish third at 144. Only Gallatin seniors Jordan and Justus Verge finished ahead of Prigge.

Jordan Verge shot a final-round 66 to claim the individual title at 137. Justus Verge took second at 141 after a 70 on Friday. Jordan Verge closed out the win by shooting a 6-under 30 on the front nine, which was the last nine of the tournament.

The boys played the back nine first.

Prigge dropped to 2 over after a pair of bogies early in the front nine. He rallied back with an eagle on No. 7.

Prigge’s 144 was two shots better than his cousin Joe McGreevey of Helena Capital. McGreevey, a veteran of the Southwest Montana Junior Golf Tour like Prigge, tied with Kalispell Glacier’s Will Salonen for fourth place at 146.

Butte High freshman Brenner Booth improved three shots for an 83 and tied for 37 at 169. Booth and Prigge were the only boys to qualify for State. You need four players for a team score.

Gallatin took the team title, following Thursday’s 294 with a blistering 287 and a 581 total. Kalispell Glacier placed second at 606, and Capital took third at 615.

West won the girls’ team title at 661 after a final-round 341. Billings Senior took second at 706, and Bozeman placed third at 710.

Butte High improved 19 shots for a 438 and moved up to ninth place at 895.

Freshman Dylann Bartoletti improved eight strokes for a 108 and a 224 for the Bulldogs. Taylor Sullivan finished at 243, while fellow freshman Kendyllen Lean finished at 273.

The Butte High girls qualified for State as a team by placing third at the Western A Divisional.

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