Gardiner’s Thomas shoots 93, qualifies for state tournament
The sun was bright and the wind was low, making for a perfect day for a high school golf tournament on Thursday in Park County. And the fairways were a healthy green, which contrasted the large blue and white mountain ranges in the backdrop.
Gardiner sophomore Clancy Thomas took full advantage of the optimal weather and playing conditions, following up a 45-stroke performance on the front nine with a 48 to finish with a 93 on the day, seven strokes under the qualifying mark to earn an invitation to the state tournament in a Class B/C golf tournament at the Livingston Golf and Country Club.
Clancy joins the ranks of his fellow sophomore teammates Sean Rehmer and Jacob Perius after becoming the third Gardiner player to clinch an early spot at the state tournament on May 16-17 at the Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake.
Rehmer, who qualified for the postseason on Tuesday at Townsend, led with an 85 for the Bruins. Gardiner’s Jacob Perius also made the cut for state in Townsend and shot an 89 Thursday for the Bruins.
Townsend’s Jaden Graveley conquered the course, sealing a win after recording a 69 to finish just under par for the Bulldogs. Scott Demars, of Townsend, took second with a 74 ahead of Manhattan Christian’s Kyle Frye and Josh Neth, of Manhattan, who both wrapped up the tournament with 70 apiece.
Bennett Roberts had a 109 and Oscar Dalling scored 111 for the Bruins.
A total of 68 Class B and C players turned out for the only varsity golf tournament this season at the Livingston golf course. Gardiner coach Dave Perius said that playing diverse courses such as the one in Livingston and the upcoming tournament on Tuesday at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman really helps prepare the players for adjusting to different terrains.
“The kids are really understanding the nuances of the game,” Perius said. “It’s amazing how far some of these kids can drive the ball. But they are learning that scoring points comes from chipping and putting no matter where you play.”
For the girls, Three Forks finished in the top four for the tournament, led by Sydney Rochford with an 81, Shainy Mack (87), Taylor Jones (95) and Makayla Rowan (96) for the Wolves.
Gardiner’s Chloe Chase and Emma Roberts continue to chase their ticket to state, finishing just outside the qualifying score. Chase led with a 122 and Roberts had a 127 for the Bruins.
The Gardiner Bruins will play against host Manhattan Christian on Tuesday at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman.