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Golfers battle elements to bring home first-place finish

Low temperatures, snow, and horrific wind at last week’s Divisional Tournament in Anaconda could not deter another outstanding performance for the Three Forks High School Golf team.

The Three Forks Girls’ team ended the May 7 tournament as Divisional Champions, with senior Ari Judd finishing in first place.

“The divisional golf round was nothing short of a hard-fought battle. With the wind chill hovering right around freezing all day and intermittent snow, the Wolves golf teams did incredible. The girls took the team trophy by two strokes over a great Florence team, and the boys’ team missed out on a berth at state by a mere eight strokes,” said Head Coach Aaron Harkins.

Three Forks finished with a team total of 136, two strokes above Florence at 138.

Judd finished her round with a 90, four strokes ahead of Logan Mckay of Anaconda.

“Ari showed her mental toughness by overcoming the conditions and all the other girls as she claimed the top honor as Division 3 individual champion. She has worked so hard and has put in so much time. It is great to see it pay off for her,” Harkins said.

Three other Lady Wolves earned All-Conference honors: Kennedy Rogers finished ninth, Paige Lien finished 12th, and Claire Van Vleet ended her round in 14th.

For the boys’ team, Three Forks had two golfers earn All-Conference honors.

“Devon Long (10th) and Hunter Feddes (12th) ended up playing great and taking all-conference honors, which earned them individual spots at the upcoming State Tourney. Devon and Hunter were right on the cut line going into their last few holes, and we are so proud of them for keeping it together and doing what they needed to do to earn a spot at the State Tourney,” said Harkins. “Although the team as a whole did not make it for the boys, we were incredibly proud of the way they played. Tallyn McCauley missed all-conference by two strokes as he tied for 17th place, and Carson Woodland posted an incredible back nine score to get the boys right there for a chance at fourth place, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough.

The Wolves will wrap up the 2024 season at the Class B State Tournament on May 14 and 15 in Shelby.

“I think all the kids who made it are really hoping that we get some decent weather so we can play golf and not have to battle the elements, as golf is hard enough as is,” Harkins said.