Kalispell's Tyler Avery, Bozeman's Cora Rosanova take home Montana State Junior Golf titles

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:50:28-04

On Tuesday morning, the second and final rounds of the Montana State Junior Golf Championships were decided at Polson Bay Golf Course.

The field was split into 13 and under, 14-15, and 16-18 age groups and divided by gender.

On Day 1, future Montana State Bobcat Cora Rosanova (16-18) shot a 71 to take a 10-shot lead into Day 2 over Kalispell's Marcella Mercer (16-18), who shot an 81.

On Day 2, Rosanova kept the foot on the gas and bested her first-day score by shooting a 70 in the final round. Mercer played an incredible round, as well, matching Rosanova with a 70 of her own. Mercer also drilled her first career hole in one on No. 9.

"Everyone in my group I was good friends with, so it was fun to have them there and have it to be able to be on a scorecard, and then posting it on the scoreboard was really fun," said Mercer.

However, Rosanova went on to secure a 10-shot victory.

"I honestly just wanted to play loose golf," said Rosanova. "I didn't really put any pressure on myself because I knew I would play uptight. I just walked in saying I need to play as best as I could and the score will just come out as it comes out."

On the boys side, two players emerged from the 14-15 group as Kalispell's Tyler Avery and Missoula's Kade McDonough both shot 2-under-par 70s on Day 1 to take a one-stroke lead over the field heading into Tuesday.

Two more golfers were in contention on Day 2, as Emigrant's Aubrey Kelley, out of the 13-and-under group, and Whitefish's Cameron Kahle (16-18) finished 2-under-par and 1-under-par, respectively.

In the end, McDonough slipped to a tie for sixth place after shooting a Day 2 75 (+3) while Avery fought through missed fairways to an impressive 71 (-1) for the state title.

"It makes me feel great," said Avery. "I got third at (the Class AA state meet) last year and I'm hoping to get a little bit better this year, so it's giving me a good confidence boost heading into the season coming up."

Here are the final scores:

1*Rosanova, Cora18-3-27170141
2*Avery, Tyler18-3-17071141
3Kelley, Aubrey18-2-37369142
4Kahle, Cameron18-1-17271143
5Hackmann, Carson18E-37569144
T6Opitz, Joe18+1-57867145
T6McDonough, Kade18+1+37075145
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9Boos, Zeke18+2-37769146
T10Braley, Jhett18+5E7772149
T10Bourret, Cooper18+5+47376149
T10Jensen, Reese18+5+77079149
13Groshelle, Eli18+6+17773150
T14Mercer, Marcella18+7-28170151
T14Gilbert, John18+7+27774151
T14Salonen, Will18+7+67378151
T17Noctor, Kaven18+8+37775152
T17Ellis, Hayden18+8+87280152
T19Lloyd, Ramey18+9E8172153
T19Schlimgen, Luke18+9+67578153
T19Engellant, Sam18+9+77479153
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T22Boos, Meredith18+10+57777154
T24Walsh, Conor18+11+18273155
T24Connolly, Logan18+11+57877155
T24Walsh, Kenzie18+11+67778155
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T31Adams, Haylee18+14+68078158
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T54Hoagland, Kodie18+21+108382165
T54Visser, Cullen18+21+118283165
T59Brunner, Tyler18+22+78779166
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T59Johnson, Isabella18+22+118383166
T59Flint, Konner18+22+108482166
T59Stenberg, Eli18+22+118383166
T65Ellis, Torrin18+23+88780167
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76Adams, Hannah18+26+108882170
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T77Warren, Dillon18+27+108982171
T79Teders, Dutch18+28+158587172
T79Engellant, Trey18+28+158587172
T79Williams, Lauren18+28+168488172
T82Rogers, Luke18+29+109182173
T82Nicholas, Malachi18+29+178489173
84Lloyd, Addiley18+30+129084174
85Olson, Bjorn18+31+168788175
T86Cripe, Joston18+32+198591176
T86Conat, William18+32+139185176
T86Suchecki, Carson18+32+198591176
T86Cannon, Cali18+32+158987176
T90Halferty, Sarah18+33+159087177
T90Nowlen, Willy18+33+159087177
92Vandersloot, Halle18+34+169088178
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T93Tanner, Chloe18+35+198891179
T93Visser, Cavan18+35+198891179
T96Lean, Kennedy18+36+189090180
T96Jensen, Colin18+36+189090180
T98Spangler, Caleb18+37+189190181
T98Ewalt, Trey18+37+189190181
100Olson, Landon18+39+199291183
101Priebe, Sara18+42+209492186
T102Williams, Tyler18+43+209592187
T102Nicholas, Mia18+43+229394187
104Washington, Rebecca18+44+179989188
105Thiel, Ellie18+47+239695191
T106Perkins, Michael18+48+239795192
T106Lund, Otto18+48+2991101192
108Weber, Wesley18+49+229994193
109Powell, Coby18+50+249896194
T110Lucas, Wyatt18+51+249996195
T110Feezell, Eli18+51+259897195
T110Tronstad, Jaxson18+51+2210194195
113Cross, Cole18+52+279799196
T114Schroeder, Keanen18+60+30102102204
T114Gage, Strider18+60+28104100204
T116Groshelle, Adam18+63+2710899207
T116Gage, Taegen18+63+32103104207
118Kallis, Oscar18+66+4197113210
T119Maki, Ashley18+67+34105106211
T119Sanders, Harrison18+67+29110101211
121Warren, Carter18+72+36108108216
122Helmuth, Sarah18+75+34113106219
123Ward, Xavier18+95+47120119239
124Nicholas, Eli18+130+65137137274