Led by the effort of Jasmine Grossman, Manhattan qualified its girls golf team for the state tournament for the first time since 2006 Tuesday in Anaconda.
Grossman carded a 99 at the Class B Division 3 Tournament en route to placing eighth at Old Works Golf Course. She led the Tigers to a fourth place finish with a team score of 494.
“I’m so proud of them because yesterday we had our practice round and it really took a lot of energy out of all the kids,” longtime Manhattan coach Pat Lynch said. “The girls just stuck with it today. Tough course Anaconda is and they came through.”
Grossman earned all-conference honors by placing in the top 15, and Ashley McCormack came up one placing shy of doing the same after finishing 16th with a 124.
Kristen McCormack was 17th with a 125, while Cayli Chapman was 24th with a 146 and Ella Halvorson 30th with a 161.
Missoula Loyola won the team title with a 379 after placing three golfers in the top 6. Katie Fagg won individual honors with a 78, while teammate Isadora Tomazeli was the runner up with an 85.
Bigfork was second with a 414, while Anaconda placed third with a 447. The top four teams advanced to state.
Manhattan’s boys did not qualify for state nor did an individual advance after failing to place in the top 15.
“They had a pretty good effort,” Lynch said. “I think we’re about a year away from getting to that state tournament with this group of boys.”
Missoula Loyola won the team title on the boys’ side with a 332. Anaconda, Florence-Carlton, and Broadwater County rounded out the state qualifying teams with scores of 372, 373 and 389, respectively.
Three Forks was fifth with a 395, and finished just one placing shy of advancing to state as a team.
“We didn’t end the way we kind of wanted to. We had a goal in mind all year for the boys that if we could shoot 350, 360 we were pretty sure we’d make it to state,” first-year Wolves coach Aaron Harkins said. “We shot 395 and lost out of making it to state by six strokes. Boys took fifth — they played hard, it just wasn’t enough today.”
Three Forks’ lone individual state qualifier was John Jennings, who was 12th with a 91.
Riley Blaker was 17th with a 97, while Colter Miller (102), Tanner Sayers (107), and Zach Pitcher (105) rounded out the team.
“They were kind of bummed, but it is what it is,” said Harkins. “We’ll take John (to state) next week and see how it goes.”
Makenzie Rowan placed 13th with 115 and will be lone representative for Three Forks’ girls. Taylor Rafferty carded a 130 and Brooklyn Hossfeld a 155.
“Taylor and Brooklyn, they’re freshmen and they played hard for me this year,” said Harkins. “It was good to get them some experience at one of these postseason tournaments.”