Bozeman Golf

Bozeman golfers celebrate their sweep of the Butte Invitational on Thursday in Butte.

As Bozeman arrived at Butte Country Club on Thursday morning, the Hawks felt positive vibes.

Both the boys and girls teams led the standings after the first day of the Butte Invitational and were comfortable returning to the course where they swept the Class AA state titles a year ago.

This time, Bozeman swept the competition again. The boys won first place with 602 strokes, 36 ahead of Kalispell Glacier and the girls needed 666 strokes to beat Butte by 45.

“We love playing that course. It’s in great shape,” Hawks head coach Matt Clark said. “The kids definitely improved Day 2 scores. That’s all we can ask. We want to keep getting better and keep improving.”

After cruising through the first day of the tournament Wednesday at Old Works, Bozeman followed through on Clark’s mission for daily improvement. All five golfers on both teams Thursday either bettered their score or equaled Wednesday’s total.

Jordan Verge won the boys tournament by shooting a 68 after a 75 the day prior while brother Justus Verge took second by shooting a 71 following a 75. Their parents often shift between watching one at a time but were able to watch both simultaneously in the same group Thursday. J.R. Small also finished well with a 73 on Thursday to round out the all-Bozeman top three.

On the girls side, Sami Yates followed up her 82 with a 79 to finish in second place and Cora Rosanova finished with an 81 for the second straight day for third while Cooper Knarr took fourth with a repeat 82.

For the fourth time in four tournaments this season, Bozeman won both titles.

“We don’t take any of that stuff for granted,” Clark said. “There were some really good teams at this tournament and really good teams not at this tournament. … We just want to keep things in perspective.”

With three regular season tournaments left, the Hawks are hoping to peak at state. When players came off the course Thursday, they shared with Clark what areas of their game need work.

So with just a few weeks left, Bozeman is well on its way to accomplishing its goals.

“I think just coming into the season there were such high expectations. They were self-imposed high expectations,” Clark said. “The kids are incredibly driven. They’re just a good group to be around.”

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.