GREAT FALLS — The season couldn’t have started off much better for Butte High golfer Shealyn Hafer.
The Bulldog senior fired a 4-over-par 75 Tuesday at the Eagle Falls Golf Club to claim medalist honors at the Great Falls Invitational.
Hafer shot a first-round 76 Monday at the Meadow Lark Country Club and finished with a 151 total. She made up four shots on Kalispell Glacier’s Teigan Avery, who shot 72-79 for a 151 total. Hafer won a scorecard playoff for the title.
“It feels really good, especially with all the (Class) AA schools there,” Hafer said.
The tournament title was the first in high school for Hafer, who earned All-State honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
“It’s a great way to start off the year,” she said.
Actually, the tournament didn’t start off so hot for Hafer, who competed in the Montana/Alberta Ryder Cup last week in Whitefish.
“I started off pretty rough yesterday,” she said. “I was 6 over after six holes and I came back.”
Hafer played the final 30 holes at 2 over par. She shot 37 on the front and 38 on the back on Tuesday.
“My mental game was pretty good,” she said. “I didn’t get too mad after that start. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
“That was a lot of ground to make up and she did it,” Butte High coach Eric Mankins said. “Good for her.”
Hanna Zwemke of Billings West and Bridget Beyer of Bozeman tied for third place, eight shots behind Hafer and Avery.
Fellow Butte High senior Hailey Ogolin shot 83 both days and claimed seventh place as the Bulldogs tied Billings Senior for sixth place in team standings at 752. Butte High shot 376 both days.
Sophomore Alexis Williams shot a 99 for a 202, while freshman Sadie Starcevich hit 119 and a 233.
Great Falls High shot a second-round 366 to win the team title with a 715. First-day leader Billings West dropped 24 strokes to 371 to place second at 718. Glacier placed third at 725.
On the boys’ side, Great Falls Russell followed Monday’s 299 with a 301 for a 600. That was one shot better than second-place Billings West. Billings Senior was third at 605, followed by Helena Capital at 606 and Glacier at 607.
Butte High tied for eighth place with Helena High with a 639. The Bulldogs followed Monday’s 319 with a 320.
CMR’s Easton Enott shot a 71 for a 140 and medalist honors. He topped West’s Joey Moore by two shots. Glacier’s Cody Sherrill was third at 143, followed by Austin Walter of Billings Senior and Garrett Woodin of West at 144.
Junior Trey Hoagland followed Monday’s 80 with a 76 for a 156 to lead the Bulldogs. He tied for 23rd.
“Trey came back today, and that was nice to see,” Mankins said.
Freshman Isaiah Weldon shot an 80 Tuesday for a 157 and a tie for 27th place. Sophomore Houston Green (163) and junior Will Kilmer (167) each shot 82 Tuesday. Levin Mullaney (172) shot a 91.
Butte High is back in action next Monday and Tuesday when the Bulldogs head to Billings. Mankins said the goal is to improve from week to week.
“There’s got to be more consistency,” he said. “That will come.”