Libby’s Johnston Leads State Golf Tournament Entering Final Day

Tournament action resumes Thursday in Shelby after inclement weather causes one-day delay

Ryggs Johnston has a commanding lead at the Class B high school state golf tournament in Shelby as the final round resumes on Thursday.

The sophomore at Libby High School shot an 11-under 61 at Marias Valley Golf and Country Club in Shelby on Tuesday. The tournament was postponed Wednesday due to weather but resumed Thursday morning for the final round.

Colton Hudson of Huntley Project is in second place after shooting a 69 in the first round, followed by Bucky Crippen of Missoula Loyola, 71, and Peter Brown of Colstrip, 73.

Bigfork’s Colton Stodghill and Augie Emslie both shot an 83 in the first round and are vying for all-state honors.

Bigfork’s Isabella Santistevan shot an 88 in the first round and is tied for sixth on the girls side.

Johnston is the defending state champ in Class B. A year ago, he shattered the all-class state record by five strokes. He finished with a 68-63 — 131 on the Johnny Walker Course at Pryor Creek Golf Club in Huntley.

Last fall he committed to play at Arizona State University after graduating.

Last summer, he tied for fifth overall at the Junior America’s Cup in Mexico against many of the top amateur golfers in North America. He was the fourth-best golfer from the U.S. and finished only three strokes out of second place and five out of first.

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MHSA Class B State Golf Tournament

Marias Valley Golf Club, Shelby

In Shelby

BOYS

Team scores — 1. Missoula Loyola, 323; 2. Colstrip, 328; 3. Townsend, 333; 4. Big Timber, 345; 5. Shelby, 348; 6. Conrad, 350; 7. Manhattan, 351; 8. Huntley Project, 356; 9. Libby, 356; 10. Glasgow, 361; 11. Shepherd, 362; 12. Choteau, 367.

Individual Leaderboard

Ryggs Johnston, Libby, 29 32–61

Colton Hudson, Huntley Project, 35 34–69

Bucky Crippen, Missoula Loyola, 33 38–71

Peter Brown, Colstrip, 37 36–73

Bryce Mocabee, Shepherd, 42 34–76

Blake Finn, Big Timber, 40 37–77

Cale Ostrom, Conrad, 39 40–79

Scott DeMars, Townsend, 39 41–80

Bryan Swanson, Missoula Loyola, 41 40–81

Cody Graveley Townsend 41 40–81

Josh Eckmann Jefferson 39 42–81

Thomas Sellman Missoula Loyola 40 41–81

Trenton Durocher, Choteau, 41 41–82

Colton Stodghill, Bigfork, 43 40–83

Josh Neth, Manhattan, 41 42–83

Jaden Graveley, Townsend, 43 40–83

Jayce Griffith, Roundup, 46 37–83

Augie Emslie, Bigfork, 42 41–83

Chad Nebel, Shepherd, 44 39–83

Kyle Vandenacre, Conrad, 42 41–83

Nathan McCormack, Manhattan, 43 40–83

Hunter Boos, Red Lodge, 39 44–83

Lane Bradley, Colstrip, 41 43–84

Dylan Beckman, Thompson Falls, 45 39–84

Brock Whitted, Shelby, 46 38–84

Cliff Weller, Big Timber, 42 43–85

O’shon Old Mouse, Colstrip, 45 40–85

TJ Reynolds, Shelby, 43 43–86

Ty Bradley, Colstrip, 42 44–86

Chris Arkinson, Rocky Boy, 48 38–86

Steven Cantalupo, Manhattan, 44 44–88

Easton Hatfield, Townsend, 45 44–89

Jarod Anderson, Shelby, 40 49–89

Tucker Kane, Red Lodge, 45 44–89

Aaron White, Shelby, 45 44–89

Ike Braaten Glasgow 44 45–89

James Farmer, Ronan, 46 44–90

Kyler Crabtree, Choteau, 49 41–90

Macager McAllister, Shelby, 44 46–90

Dylan Beck, Missoula Loyola, 47 43–90

Cody Ross, Glasgow, 49 41–90

Blaine Myrick, Glasgow, 47 43–90

Carter Brownlee, Big Timber, 45 46–91

Damon Sadler, Poplar, 48 44–92

Jordan O’Dell, Choteau, 42 50–92

Caleb Patton, Big Timber, 45 47–92

Kaden Fossum, Glasgow, 46 46–92

Sean Kaleva, Missoula Loyola, 46 46–92

Bridger Russell, Conrad 45 49–94

Blake Vandenacre, Conrad, 48 46–94

Brett Williams, Townsend, 46 48–94

GIRLS

Team Scores — 1. Three Forks, 363; 2. Missoula Loyola, 366; 3. Shelby, 379; 4. Columbus, 407; 5. Bigfork, 418; 6. Thompson Falls, 418; 7. Poplar, 419; 8. Big Timber, 448; 9. Glasgow, 453; 10. Huntley Project, 467; 11. Cut Bank, 517

Individual Leaderboard

Kylie Esh, Missoula Loyola, 36 34–70

Skyler Martin, Shelby, 43 40–83

Katie Fagg, Missoula Loyola, 41 42–83

Tanna Campbell, Big Timber, 39 45–84

Sydney Rochford, Three Forks, 41 44–85

Megan Vandenacre, Conrad, 50 38–88

Isabella Santistevan, Bigfork, 47 41–88

Bailey Johannes, Columbus, 45 44–89

Abbey Aklestad, Shelby, 48 42–90

Katie Bieler, Choteau 49 41–90

Olivia Hess, Columbus, 47 43–90

Elsie Brown, Thompson Falls, 47 44–91

Shainy Mack, Three Forks, 45 46–91

Brooklyn Olson, Ronan, 47 44–91

Makayla Rowan, Three Forks, 47 46–93

Isadora Tomazeli, Missoula Loyola, 47 46–93

Brennan Larson, Roundup, 47 46–93

Hailey Brunelle, Poplar, 51 42–93

Brittney Robinson, Three Forks, 42 52–94

Darian Truman, Eureka, 49 46–95

Megan Slagter, Baker, 48 47–95

Katie Friez, Forsyth, 48 48–96

Julia Vanicek, Thompson Falls, 48 49–97

Taylor Jones, Three Forks, 52 47–99

Jessica Bronner, Thompson Falls, 52 47–99

Mia Frederick, Poplar, 47 55–102

Melissa Paulsen, Bigfork, 51 51–102

Kendall Anderson, Shelby, 50 53–103

Bailey Johnson, Shelby, 52 51–103

Andi Crane, Huntley Project, 56 49–105

Morgan Nunn, Townsend 53 53–106

Maddy Hellinger Shelby, 55 53–108

Carly Stodghill, Bigfork, 53 55–108

Baylee Gordon, Columbus, 55 53–108

Madilyn Emter, Big Timber, 53 56–109

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