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Led by Jasmine Grossman, Manhattan’s girls won the team title Saturday at the Ennis Invitational at Madison Meadows Golf Course.

Grossman, a junior, carded a 105 to place fifth, while the Tigers finished with a 463 as a team.

“I believe there was only two or three (full) teams,” longtime Manhattan coach Pat Lynch said, “but that’s not our fault.”

The Tigers boasted three golfers in the top 10 with Ashley McCormack and Kristen McCormack placing sixth and ninth, respectively, with a 107 and 113. The team was rounded out by Kaitlyn McCormick (138) and Ella Halvorson (141).

“That was really a good day for the girls,” said Lynch. “I’m really proud and happy of those girls.”

Three Forks did not field a full team, but received a pair of good performances from Kenzie Rowan and Taylor Rafferty. Rowan carded a 96 to place third, while Rafferty finished with a 122 in her first-ever varsity tournament.

“Really proud of both of those girls,” first-year Three Forks coach Aaron Harkins, who believed Rowan’s was a personal best, said.

On the boys’ side, Three Forks placed third with a 377. The team had carded a 361 earlier in the week at the Manhattan Christian Invitational.

“Scores were a little higher than last week,” Harkins noted, “but that’s alright. That’s golf.”

Riley Blaker led Three Forks with an 86 to place fifth. He was followed by teammates Tanner Sayers (94), Zach Pitcher (98), John Jennings (99), and Colter Miller (100).

“Still working toward our goal of getting that down in the 350, low 360 mark,” said Harkins. “Couple more tournaments and we’ll see how that goes.”

Manhattan finished with a team score of 429 led by a 100 from Nolan Sofie and Adrian Lemeiux. Bryce Stubbs (109) and Gabe Gardner (120) rounded out the Tigers.

“We’re seeing a little more consistency in scoring along with better course management,” said Lynch. “Kids played well in cool and windy conditions.”

Weather permitting, Three Forks will host its annual tournament Thursday at Headwaters Golf Course. Manhattan, was well as Manhattan Christian, is slated to participate in the tournament.

“Hopefully this storm will get through and we’ll get some decent weather,” said Harkins. “And then prepare for divisionals.”

The divisional tournament will be held May 6-7 at Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, while the State B  tournament is slated for May 13-15 in Missoula.