Oppelt, Goetz both finish 3rd in final tourney before Divisionals in Browning

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


Playing in the final tournament of the regular season, Winston Oppelt and Hunterrose Goetz each turned in a third-place finish at the Beaverhead Golf Course in Dillon. Oppelt’s third place finish helped the Ranger boys team to a first-place finish overall.

“The boys took first place with a team score of 340, which is the lowest team score they have posted all season,” said head coach Liz Cahoon. “It is one thing to have one or two boys play well, but it is a higher accomplishment entirely to have an entire team post low scores together. I am very happy with all of the scores my players brought in.”

Goetz shot a 99 in Dillon for her third-place finish. She was six shots behind second place, while Butte Central’s Tricia Joyce won the tournament with an 84. Park’s only other girl golfer, Kennedy Hader, shot a 126.

On the boys’ side, Park’s team win saw the top four Ranger golfers all turn in scores in the 80s.

Led by Oppelt’s 81, which was two strokes behind second place and three strokes behind the winner, Elliot Engbers and Lane Marshall both shot an 85. Engers and Marshall finished just outside of the top five, and Max Serafin shot an 89.

The team score of 340 was five strokes better than Butte Central’s 345.

Now the Rangers turn their attention to the post season and trying to advance to state.

“We are incredibly excited for divisionals next week,” Cahoon said. “We will be leaving for Browning on Thursday, our practice round is Friday and we play our divisional tournament on Saturday. With the scores my players have been posting, I am confident we will place well next week, and we’ll be on our way to the state tournament in Hamilton.”