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Manhattan Christian Golf 2018 State C Preview

The Manhattan Christian girls and boys golf teams finished first and second at the State C Golf Tournament last year in Seeley Swan. The Eagles will look to continue their dominance this year when the state tournament kicks off at Fairmont Hot Springs on Tuesday. 

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State C Golf Tournament 

May 15-16

at Fairmont Hot Springs 

BOYS

2017 medalist: Reed Wasson (Harlowton) 

2017 team champion: Seeley Swan 

Tee shot: The race for the individual and team titles will be wide open with neither Harlowton or Seeley Swan — last year's No. 1 and 3 teams — qualifying any golfers this year. Manhattan Christian, which took second in the team standings last year while producing three Top 15 individuals, is shaping up to be an early favorite with David Aamot (8th last year) and Caleb Bellach (11th last year) reaching state again. 

Chip shot: White Sulphur Springs' Will Syverson notched the top qualifying mark during the regular season, carding an 80 at Livingston Golf Club...the other two returning Top 10 players from last year are Westby-Grenora's Jeremiah Paine (6th) and Gardiner's Sean Rehmer (7th).

Two putts: The two best individual performances in the history of the State C Tournament belong to Lone Peak's Tate Tatom who shot a 145 at the 2014 tournament and a 146 the previous year. The Big Sky native is now a junior golfer with the Air Force Academy. 

GIRLS 

2017 medalist: Katara Ryan (Sunburst) 

2017 team champion: Manhattan Christian 

Tee shot: Manhattan Christian junior Jillian Frye is the highest returning individual placer from last years tournament, having claimed third place at the 2017 tournament in Seeley Swan with a two-round total of 200 to help the Eagles' girls clinch their second team championship. Frye also logged the best qualifying score for this year's tournament by shooting an even 100 at Overland Golf Course in Big Timber. Teammate Madelyn Liudahl, who claimed ninth place last year, will also be back in the fold. Look for MC to make a serious run at defending its title. 

Chip shot: Tailing Frye in the quest for the individual title will be Belt's Hannah Schweitzer, last season's fourth-place individual placer. Schweitzer's 209 at state last year powered the Huskies to a second-place finish. On the heels of Frye and Schweitzer will be Harlowton's Madison Wasson who took fifth last season. The final returning Top 10 player is Chinook's Carrie Hoffer (6th). 

Two putts: Though the numbers may back the Eagles, recent history favors the Harlowton. The Engineers have clinched three team titles in the past decade (2009, 2012, 2013). Harlowton only qualified two golfers for state last season but will send four this year. 

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