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2019 high school golf state tournament previews

May 12, 2019

5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: May 13-14

Where: Highland Golf Course

2018 boys team champion: Rocky Mountain

2018 boys individual champion: Carson Barry, Rocky Mountain

2018 girls team champion: Eagle

2018 girls individual champion: Payton Fehringer, Highland

Rundown: Highland hosts the 5A state tournament for the first time since 2014. The Rams’ boys finished second at the 5A District 5-6 tournament to qualify for state, led by first-place district medalist Garrett Ulrich (75). Ulrich and Highland will aim to use their home course as an advantage over visiting teams, including three-time defending state champ Rocky Mountain. But Highland has a regional rival to compete with as well in district champion Madison, which beat the Rams by 18 strokes May 6 to win the league hardware. The Highland boys’ last top-four state finish was a third-place mark in 2011.

Highland’s girls failed to qualify for state, marking the end of a run of four consecutive seasons that ended with state hardware. The Rams’ London Richardson qualified for state by shooting a 99 at districts to tie for third.

There will be new individual champions this year, as multi-time winners and defending champs Carson Barry and Payton Fehringer graduated last year.

4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: May 13-14

Where: Twin Falls Golf Course

2018 boys team champion: Twin Falls

2018 boys individual champion: Nick Roberts, Bishop Kelly

2018 girls team champion: Twin Falls

2018 girls individual champion: Tayllore Ward, Twin Falls

Rundown: Pocatello’s boys and girls teams qualified for state after finishing second and fourth, respectively, at the 4A District 4-5 championships. The squads seek Poky’s first state golf trophy since the girls placed fourth in 2009.

The Century girls finished third at districts to qualify for state and boast two of the top seven district finishers in Ciarra Carter and Sofia Lipiello.

Preston’s boys also qualified for the 4A state tournament, led by Garrett Kelley’s fourth-place mark at districts.

Twin Falls swept the 4A District 5-6 titles and looks to continue its prowess at the state level. The Bruins’ boys and girls squads have combined to win nine 4A state titles since 2011, including clean sweeps in 2016 and 2018. Twin also swept 5A state titles in 2005 and 2007.

Defending individual champions Nick Roberts (Bishop Kelly) and Tayllore Ward (Twin Falls) both graduated, meaning there will be new medalists in 2019.

3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: May 13-14

Where: Canyon Springs Golf Course (Twin Falls)

2018 boys team champion: Kellogg

2018 boys individual champion: Jake O’Neil, Fruitland

2018 girls team champion: Buhl

2018 girls individual champion: Kylie Crossland, Buhl

Rundown: Snake River and Marsh Valley have both been successful golf programs since the turn of the century, and both look to claim their first state tournament hardware since 2014, when the Marsh Valley girls won the state title and the Snake River boys finished third. The Eagles girls and Panthers boys won their respective 3A District 5 championships May 7. Sadie Davids carded a 91 to lead Marsh Valley and win the individual title, while Tyler Watt paced Snake River with a second-place 74.

Snake River’s Mia Harper finished second at districts to earn a spot at state, as did American Falls’ Logan Mills, who won the boys title with a 74.

The Panthers and Eagles will try to unseat the Kellogg boys and Buhl girls. Fruitland senior Jake O’Neil is back to defend his individual state title, and Buhl senior Kylie Crossland looks for a four-peat.

2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: May 13-14

Where: River’s Edge Golf Club (Burley)

2018 boys team champion: Cole Valley Christian

2018 boys individual champion: Jack Curran, Cole Valley

2018 girls team champion: Cole Valley Christian

2018 girls individual champion: Tyler Erickson, Soda Springs

Rundown: Grace’s boys and girls are in prime form headed to state, fresh off sweeping the 2A District 5 championships. Grace claimed the top five boys scores at districts, led by Jacob Smith’s 75. Teammate Lindsey Lloyd won the girls title with a 79. The Grizzlies hope the strong finish translates to more state hardware, as Grace’s boys and girls both finished second last year at state. Plus, a Grace team has finished in the top four at state each year since 2015, with the girls finishing second the last two years.

The Bear Lake boys also qualified for state, where the Bears too have had recent success, finishing third in 2017 and fourth in ’16. Bear Lake’s Shayla Preston finished second at districts to qualify for state on the girls side.

The Grizzlies and Bears are tasked with facing Cole Valley Christian, which has swept the 2A golf state titles the last two years. Last year’s individual champions — Cole Valley’s Jack Curran and Soda Springs’ Tyler Erickson — graduated, paving the way for new medalists.