By Maria Wyllie
Explorebigsky.com Editorial Assistant

BIG SKY – The Lone Peak High School girls’ and boys’ varsity golf teams have had a strong season, with four girls and five boys qualifying for the state tournament at Ennis May 20-22.

The boys’ team, which consists of freshman Charlie Johnson, and sophomores Tate Tatom and triplets Griffin, Quinn and Trevor House, placed second overall in last year’s state tournament and have a record of six first place wins and two second place finishes.

All five players qualified for states, but with only four players allowed to compete, the four sophomores will play, and Johnson will attend as an alternate.

Mike King coaches both teams and expects the boys to come out on top at states.

“Lone Peak is the overwhelming favorite to win the title for state and individual this year,” King said. “This would be the first state championship for the school, so the whole team is pretty fired up to do that.”

He said the players are very competitive and are dedicated to improving and establishing a winning program for themselves, as well as future players.

The girls’ team comprises sophomores Gabrielle Gasser, Janie Izzo, Karlie Perry, Molly Sharr and Tehya Braun. King says they have less experience, but they are improving fast. All players are showing individual gains but are less consistent overall, so mileage on the course has been a primary focus this season.

At the state qualifiers at Ennis on May 13, the boys won first place and the girls finished second in the team competitions. In the individual competitions, Tatom finished first and Trevor second; Braun finished fourth for the girls.

Tournament results are looking promising, as King says everyone is practicing hard and seems to be peaking at the right time.