Yelenich ties for 15th, earns All-State honors

Yelenich ties for 15th, earns All-State honors

LAUREL — Gator Yelenich is an All-State player.

The Butte Central senior tied for 15th place at the Class A State golf to tournament, which concluded Friday at the Laurel Golf Club. (Boys’ results; girls’ results)

The top 15 players are designated All-State, and Yelenich earned the distinction one year after he missed it by two shots.

Yelenich followed Thursday’s 86 with an 88 for a 175 to tie with Reece Jensen of Billings Central.

The All-State honor comes a eight days after Yelenich earned all-conference accolades by placing 12th at the Western Divisional tournament in Frenchtown.

Cameron Kahle of Whitefish claimed medalist honors. He followed a 79 with a 77 for a 176 to match Carson Hackmann of Laurel for the top spot. Kahle edged Hackmann on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff for the state crown.

Laurel’s  Nick Pasquarello took third at 157, followed by Hamilton’s Tristan Hanson and Lewistown’s Caleb Myers at 158.

Laurel won the team title. The Locomotives hit a 324 after Thursday’s 341 for a 665 total. Billings Central placed second at 669, and Hamilton took third at 678.

The Maroons only had three players, and a team needs four for a team score. BC senior Cole Johnson improved one shot for a 97 Friday and a 196 total. Sophomore Austin Harrington hit a 100 for a 200 total.

Laurel’s Hannah Adams won medalist honors on the girls’ side. She followed an 83 with an 82 for a 165 total. Haylee Adams of Laurel placed second at 170, and Corvallis’ Macee Greenwood placed third at 171.

The Locomotive girls ran away with the team title at 742. Whitefish placed second at 803, and Corvallis took third at 805.

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