Orediggers golf team lands Butte High’s Hoagland

Orediggers golf team lands Butte High’s Hoagland
Kodie Hoagland sits between her parents, Hal and Missy, Tuesday after she signed an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play golf at Montana Tech.

By Bill Foley

If you watched Kodie Hoagland play golf for Butte High over the last couple of years, there is a really good chance you also saw Montana Tech coach Sean Ryan.

Ryan followed Hoagland’s from tournament to tournament in hopes of landing the four-year All-State Bulldog.

“I’ve been telling people, ‘Man, I could have saved a lot of gas money if I would have just ridden with Hal and Missy to all the tournaments I went to,’” Ryan joked, referring to Kodie’s parents.

All that time paid off on Tuesday as Hoagland signed an NAIA National Letter of Intent to take her game to the Orediggers.

“That’s part of the testament to the quality of player that Kodie is,” Ryan said of the time spent recruiting Hoagland. “She’s got such a bright future, and she had such a great high school career. She was very deserving of our best effort and the best that we can do because I think she is going to be a real difference maker for us.”

Hoagland comes form a golfing family. Her sister Hailey played for the Bulldogs before putting together a stellar career at the University of Montana. Her brother, Trey, played for Butte High and Montana Tech, and her brother, Will, was a Bulldog.

Hailey and Will were on hand as Kodie signed during a ceremony at the Oredigger Hall of Fame Lounge in the HPER Complex.

“I’m excited,” Kodie Hoagland said. “I’m excited to stay home.”

While she did not inform Ryan of her decision until over the weekend, Hoagland said she had been leaning toward becoming an Oredigger for a while. Seeing former Bulldog teammate Kennedy Lean sign with Tech a little more than a year ago piqued her interest.

“When Kennedy signed it kind of made me be more interested,” Hoagland said. “I loved being her teammate. I think that definitely had an impact, and just knowing all the girls that play and stuff. It just made me more comfortable with the teammates and the program and stuff.”

Hoagland said she gave the decision some thought this weekend, deciding to make the move before basketball season starts. Hoagland is a starter for the Bulldogs. She is also a standout on the Bulldog softball team.

“I think I just wanted to do it before I started every other season and just kind of put the main focus on that,” she said.

In all, Hoagland is on track to become an 11-time letter winner at Butte High.

Golf, though, is what she will do in college.

The signing comes after Hoagland won the first two Western AA Divisional golf tournaments in 2020 and 2021. She won three straight tournaments at the end of her senior season before finishing runner up at the Class AA State tournament in Bozeman.

She said she is looking forward to joining an Oredigger team that is on the uptick. Tech’s women set the school record for a low score this fall, and Ryan said he has another key addition coming later this week.

“I think we’ll be really good,” Hoagland said. “I’m very excited.”

Hoagland placed seventh at State as a junior, 12th as a sophomore and 15th as a freshman. She helped the Bulldogs hoist the third-place trophy in 2018 and 2019 before placing fourth in 2020.

The top 15 receive All-State recognition, and Hoagland joined an exclusive club by doing that all four years.

“Kodie had a tremendous high school career,” Ryan said. “Being a four-time All-Stater is really tough to do. That shows that you can play at a really high level. She was the best of the best in Class AA golf. This is really exciting for us.”



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