By Tyler Allen Explore Big Sky Senior Editor

BOZEMAN – The Lone Peak High School golf teams brought their irons north to Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman on April 14. The boys’ team placed third out of 13 squads, and the girls took fourth in a field of nine, at the Manhattan High School Invitational.

Junior Charlie Johnson shot a 79 – his lowest round in tournament play – on his 17th birthday. Seniors Quinn and Trevor House scored an 80 and 81 respectively, and freshman Liam Germain qualified for the state tournament with a 107. It was the first round of 18 holes Germain had ever played, after two practices this spring.

Senior Teyha Braun, who shot an 88, paced the Lady Big Horns, and senior Janie Izzo scored a round of 110 – both qualified for states at the Boulder High School Invitational in Helena on April 9. Junior Katie Reid qualified for states in Bozeman with a 116 – girls must shoot a 120 or below in tournament play to qualify – and sophomore Saylor Tatom just missed qualifying with a round of 126, the second 18-hole round in her young career.

“I recruited quite a few pros in the area … that have been working with the kids,” said first year Head Coach David Hardwick, who is also the Director of Lodge and Golf Operations at the Yellowstone Club.

Greg Wagner and Mike Wilcynski from Moonlight Basin and Jenny Wilcynski from the Yellowstone Club have all offered their services to the high school golfers this season. Hardwick said he’s also recruiting Tim Phelps from Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. The team has been practicing on the golf simulator at Lone Peak Brewery, Bozeman’s Black Bull golf course and the Big Sky Resort driving range, retrieving their own balls.

The LPHS golf teams take a week off for spring break and return to action Tuesday, April 28 at the Seely-Swan High School Invitational.