Prigge, Choquette in the hunt at State Junior golf

Prigge, Choquette in the hunt at State Junior golf

BOZEMAN — Butte golfers Jack Prigge and Chase Choquette are in contention after the first round of the two-day Montana State Junior Championships at Cottonwood Hills Golf Course.

Prigge carded a 2-over-par 74 and sits in a tie for fifth place in the 16-18 age group. (Results)

Justus Verge of Bozeman shot a 3-under 69 to take the lead. His brother Jordan holds down second place with a 73.

Carson Hackmnann of Laurel and Will Salonen of Kalispell are tied at 73, and Prigge is tied with Zeke Boos of Missoula.

Playing in the 13-and-under division, Choquette shot a 76 on the first round. That puts him in a tie for sixth place with Royce Taylor of Laurel.

Hamilton golfer Brady Powell took the first-day lead with a 67. He is one shot better than Maxwell Milton of Polson. John Gilbert of Helena shot a 70, Cooper Bourret of Bozeman shot a 71, and Colin Jensen of Billings shot a 74.

In the 14-15 age group, Kade McDonough of Missoula shot a 70 to take the lead. He is two shots ahead of Bozeman’s Hunter Emerson.

In the girls’ 16-18 group, Hamilton’s Macee Greenwood shot a 72 to take a three-shot lead over Samantha Yates of Bozeman. Samantha Benson of Billings and Emma Woods of Fairfield shot 76.

Butte’s Kodie Hoagland is competing in the 16-18 age group. She has some work to do after a first-round 91.

Kira Connell of Bozeman hit an 87 to lead the girls’ 13-and-under division, and Addiley Lloyd of Bozeman shot a 79 and tops the field in the 14-15 group.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday.

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