McNeil, West's boys and girls win honors

2013-09-13T16:36:00Z 2013-09-13T23:43:03Z McNeil, West's boys and girls win honorsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
September 13, 2013 4:36 pm  • 

HELENA -- Kortney McNeil of Billings Senior won medalist honors and the Billings West boys and girls swept team titles Friday at the Helena Invitational.

Senior's Sean Benson tied with Great Falls' Cody Babinecz for boys medalist honors with a 141, but Babinecz was declared the winner through a scorecard tiebreaker. Austin Berg of West finished third, three strokes behind Babinecz and Benson.

After a stellar first day for golfers at Green Meadow, scores were a bit higher on the second day at Bill Roberts, but McNeil was still able to distance herself from the rest of the pack. She followed up Thursday's 68 with a 73 on Friday, but managed to turn a one-shot lead into an 11-stroke win.

Teammate Sammy Walter, who had a 69 on the first day, followed with an 83 and held on to second place. West's Hannah Zwemke won a scorecard tiebreaker with Capital's Coral Schulz to finish third. Both shot a 157.

West's boys edged Senior by one stroke to win the team title. In all West (Berg, Nick Bell and David Follett) and Senior (Benson, Austin Walter and Zach Fischer) combined for six of the top 10 golfers. Skyview's Payton Stott shot a 146 to finish tied for fifth.

For the girls, West was 25 shots better than second-place Senior. The Bears had four golfers (Zwemke, Hayden Flohr, Kayla Northrop and Elli Sullivan) finish in the top 10.

Helena Golf Invitational

Final Day

Bill Roberts Golf Course, Par 72


Team scores: Billings West 589, Billings Senior 590, Capital High 596, Billings Skyview 621, Helena 633, Great Falls CMR 636, Great Falls High 639

Top 10 individuals: *Cody Babinecz, Great Falls, 141; Sean Benson, Senior, 141; Austin Berg, West, 144; Skyler Skinner, Capital, 145; Nick Bell, West, 146; Payton Stott, Skyview, 146, Austin Walter, Senior, 147; Tevin Lewis, Capital, 147; (tie) Zach Fischer, Senior, 151; Barron Culver, Capital, 151; (tie) David Follett, West, 152; Easton Enott, CMR, 152.

WEST (301-288) -- Austin Berg 75-69--144, Nick Bell 74-72--146, D. Follett 76-76--152, C. Hunt 76-82--158.

SENIOR (291-299) -- Sean Benson 69-72--141, Austin Walter 72-75--147, Zach Fischer 73-78--151, A. Egan 80-74--154, H. Peters 77-80-157.

SKYVIEW (318-303) -- Payton Stott 75-71--146, G. Passon 78-77--155, D. Kangas 79-77--156, L. Martin 86-78--164, N. Radacher 86-83--169.


Teams scores: Billings West 666, Billings Senior 691, Capital High 693, Helena High 734, Great Falls High 736, Billings Skyview 793, CM Russell 821

Top 10 individuals: Kortney McNeil, Senior, 141; Sammy Walter, Senior, 152; **Hannah Zwemke, West, 157; Coral Schulz, Capital, 157; Hayden Flohr, West, 167; Kayla Northrop, West, 169; Kelsey Martin, Capital, 171; Elli Sullivan, West, 173; Tori McHugh, Helena, 174; Claire Inman, Helena, 175.

WEST (333-333) -- Hannah Zwemke 77-80--157, Hayden Flohr 86-81--167, K. Northrop 83-86--169, E. Sullivan 87-86--173, M. Atkinson 88-93--181.

SENIOR (337-354) -- Kortney McNeil 68-73--141, Sammy Walter 69-83--152, E. Dyre 104-97--201, A. Bofotto 96-101--207.

SKYVIEW (395-398) -- Delaney Schmidt 91-91--182, M. Bartleson 99-102--201, K. Bell 105-97--202, A. King 100-10800208, E. Tolzien 118-122--240.

* -- First place due to scorecard playoff

** -- Third place due to scorecard playoff

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