Cut Bank junior Coalter Littrell chips on to the green during an early season event at Shelby’s Marias Valley course.

Coalter Littrell was the lone Wolf to compete in the State Class B Golf Tournament, held last week in Missoula at the tough Ranch Club Golf and Country Club. “For Coalter to qualify for state in only his second year of golf says something about his character and work ethic,” praised Coach Scott Laird. 

“Coalter’s swing has come a long way and he is just figuring out how to navigate himself around the course and make adjustments as he goes.” Coalter’s two-day total score of 201 placed him 49th in a field of 74 golfers from throughout the state.

The previous week, several of the Wolves hit the highway for the long trip to Wolf Point to compete in the Divisional Golf tournament. “The forecast called for temperatures in the high 50’s, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. The temperature never got above 40 degrees and with the wind, it was quite chilly for the kids,” commented Laird. Littrell qualified with a score of 95 to take 12th place in the tournament. 

Freshman Matt Larson also competed in the tournament, and struggled throughout the day in his first divisional experience, carding a 128 on the day.

“Matt has been our most dedicated golfer and this score was in no way indicative of his year. He has been hovering around the 100 mark for the past few tournaments and just ran into some trouble,” stated Laird.

TaeLynn Still Smoking closed out her senior season with a 108, missing the qualifying score by only four strokes. “TaeLynn was so close to making it. She hit her drive out of bounds on the third hole of the day by inches and that set her back right from the start. She tried to battle back and a few holes bit her, halting her progress. TaeLynn has represented Cut Bank golf for four great years and we will miss her,” commented Laird.

Kendall Hibbs also competed in the girls’ division, touring the course in 127 strokes. “She played pretty well in the practice round, but with a sore back and the cold weather she wasn’t able to keep her momentum going. Kendall has a lot of natural ability and strength, and hopefully she will get out and play this summer to lead the Lady Wolves next year,” commented Coach Laird.

“We want to thank the dedicated players we had this year and remind them to get out and play and that golf isn’t always played in crappy weather,” said Laird. “We also want to thank Don Paulson and Wade Johnson, volunteer coach Ryan Sullivan, Ron Campbell and the Cut Bank Pioneer Press for their continued support. A big thank you also goes out to the Cut Bank Men’s League for their cleanup work and having the course looking so good for our invitational meets,” concluded Laird.

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