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Big Timber’s Tanna Campbell edges Townsend’s Lynzee Dexter for State B golf title

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Big Timber’s Tanna Campbell won almost every tournament she entered this year.  She wasn’t about to let that record go in the one that mattered most.

Campbell battled back from a three-shot deficit to force a playoff at the State B golf tournament Wednesday at Eagle Rock Golf Club, eventually winning with a par on the first extra hole to claim the title.

Campbell beat Townsend’s Lynzee Dexter, who came into the day with a three-shot lead after an opening round 80 on Tuesday, the best individual score of the tournament.  Dexter made bogey on the playoff hole, the Par 5 18th, as her par putt slid by the left side of the cup.

“I’m really, really excited. Kind of startled,” the Herders junior said.  “I didn’t really know where I was. I didn’t know Lynzee and I tied until everybody told me.  It was pretty exciting. Golfing with Lynzee was like the cherry on top because we’ve been golfing together since we were like tiny, so it was just a  good way to end.”

The two tied atop the leaderboard with a two-day total of 164.  Shelby freshman Skyler Martin finished third, two shots back with a 166 total.  Three Forks won the team title over Shelby by 49 shots.

Heather LaPlante didn’t come close to needing any extra holes to claim the State C title.

The Broadus Hawk shot a final round 90 Wednesday for a 189 total, winning the tournament by 10 shots at the Hamilton Golf Club.  LaPlante’s led wire-to-wire after an opening round 89.

Broadus’ girls finished third as a team with a 654 total.  Lone Peak won the title at 638.  Harlowton was second at 643.

Harlowton’s boys did them one better by winning their State C team title.  The Engineers shot a two-day total of 513, beating second-place Seeley-Swan by 16 shots.

The Blackhawks got the last laugh in a tight individual race.  Seeley-Swan’s McKinley Nicholas outlasted Plentywood’s Andrew Eberling and first-round leader Garrett Woldstad of Harlowton in a three-man playoff to claim the title.

Woldstad was eliminated with a bogey after the first playoff hole, and Nicholas’ par on the third hole gave him the crown over Eberling.  The three finished with a 166 total.

Woldstad opened with a 77 Tuesday, before an 89 Wednesday.  His teammates, Reed Wasson, finished tied for fourth at 169.

The most impressive performance of the week, though, came from Libby’s Ryggs Johnston.  The freshman phenom shot a two-day total of 131 at the State B boys tournament on the Johnny Walker course at the Pryor Creek Golf Club, including a final-round -8, 63, to give him the win by six shots over Anaconda’s Caleb Stetzner.

The 131 total shatters the previous MHSA state record two-round best of 136 set by Glacier’s Larry Iverson in 2008.

“It meant a lot to me,” Johnston said after the tournament.  “As a freshman, my goal was to win four state championships. So just getting the first one, that’s a big deal, and starting in June big ones will start out of state, so hopefully I can use this momentum to play good in those.”

Johnston was tied with Bigfork’s Joseph Potkonjak after shooting a 68 in Tuesday’s first round.  But Johnston birdied his first three holes Wednesday to take a lead he never relinquished.

Stetzner got within one shot after draining a 20-foot birdie putt on the Par 4 11th, but it lasted less than a minute, as Johnston made a birdie of his own on the same line to push his lead back to two.

Stetzner finished second at 137, while Potkonjak finished third at 141.  That helped Bigfork win the team title at 657.  Huntley Project closed well Wednesday to finish second at 661, one shot ahead of Shelby in third.

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