POLSON – All eyes are on the hometown Polson girls’ golfers this week at Polson Bay Golf Course as the Pirates shoot for their third straight team title.
Polson, which won last year’s tournament at Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda by an astronomical 57 strokes, returns nearly a full fleet of talent from the ’ship team of 2012. That experience-laden corps has a Polson team aiming for the first three-peat in girls’ State A golf since Billings Central achieved the feat from 2008-10.
The task begins Friday morning when the first round begins play at 9 a.m.
At the top of Polson’s posse is Jaylin Kenney, a third placer at state last year, but she’ll have much the same help this go-around as the last. Also back for the Pirates are Nicole Clairmont and Peyton Anderson, both part of Polson’s run of four girls in the top eight at state, along with state placer Lauren Dupuis.
But the rest of Class A isn’t ready to crown the Pirates just yet and Polson doesn’t have to look far to find potentially its biggest threat.
The Whitefish girls won the one-round Northwestern A divisional tournament last week ahead of Polson by three strokes. The State A tournament, of course, is played over two days, which would give Polson amble time to make up the slight deficit.
Erin Tabish – last year’s state runner-up – won their divisional tournament by shooting an 84, five strokes ahead of Polson’s Anderson and Kenney. Whitefish put three more girls in the top eight at the event in Malia Morris, Georgia Donaldson and Katie Fyall as well.
Then there’s the rest of the field, which includes defending individual champion Christal Tokash of Livingston. She’s again in the top flight four-some Friday – a group that also includes Polson’s Anderson and Whitefish’s Tabish – that tees off just before 11 a.m. for the first round.
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