Justus Verge pulled out his glove, bent down and cleared snow out of the line of his putts. Some competitors tried making a path with their hands while others used towels.

Verge tried once with his hands but felt the snow was too cold. So he improvised as he traversed the messy conditions Tuesday at Meadow Lark Country Club in Great Falls.

“Otherwise the ball would literally not go anywhere at all,” Verge said.

But that was about the only improvising Verge (144) did as he won his second straight individual Class AA title and led the Bozeman boys (620) to a second straight team title, 68 strokes ahead of second-place Missoula Sentinel. The Hawks girls (700) won their fourth consecutive state championship, beating Billings West by 22 strokes, as Bozeman's Cooper Knarr (163) tied for second among girls.

The two team titles cap a season in which both the Bozeman boys and girls won all eight tournaments they competed in.

Verge, Knarr and everyone else in the field dealt with challenging, wintry conditions. But the Hawks built its program to ignore outside factors and focus solely on each upcoming shot.

Bozeman developed a tendency to improve on the second day of tournaments. So while the Hawks girls trailed by six strokes after Day 1, they responded like normal.

“We didn’t have a lot of doubt in ourselves especially because we’d been down before,” Knarr said. “It was nothing new to us. We knew we could come back. A lot of girls felt like they could do better today.”

And they did.

All five of Bozeman’s girls improved their scores from Monday to Tuesday. Senior Cora Rosanova followed up a 90 with an 84 to tie for fifth. Sami Yates dropped from 89 to 86 to tie for seventh. Franchi Ceartin bettered her Day 1 score of 98 by eight strokes while Halle Vandersloot went from 99 to 90 as the two finished in 18th and 19th.

After 40 mile per hour winds affected play Monday, snow factored in Tuesday. The tournament had already been delayed a week due to a storm in Great Falls when it was originally scheduled.

A light snow persisted throughout the beginning of the round and grew thicker in the final 30 minutes. The Montana High School Association considered calling off the tournament, Hawks head coach Matt Clark said, but he and other coaches lobbied to continue it.

Had the tournament been called, Day 1 scores would have held as the only ones that counted. Rosanova and senior boys captain J.R. Small would have had their careers cut a day short.

“J.R. Small and Cora Rosanova have put so much into this program and have been kind of the lifeblood of our program,” Clark said. “We built our program around these two individuals. I just couldn’t fathom them not being able to finish their senior season.”

As golfers approached the end of their rounds, Clark and others in attendance encouraged them to speed up. Clark approached Knarr’s group and informed players that if they didn’t hurry up, the round might not count.

Bozeman preaches to take each shot seriously in tournaments, and players still did, but they ran from green to tee box and didn’t waste time.

“Never. Never. Never. No,” Clark said when asked if he’d previously experienced anything similar. “Usually you don’t get the tournament in if it’s going to be snowing. But we were so far along, there were only a couple holes left.”

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Bozeman's Cooper Knarr watches her putt on the sixth hole during the Class AA tournament Tuesday at Meadow Lark Country Club.

Knarr had never played in snow before, and when she reached the 16th hole, she and others in her group didn’t know they could move snow out of the way. She three-putted for bogey while other players struggled too.

Once Knarr learned she could clear a path, she finished out the final two holes strong. But after she’d mark her ball on the green, ice encircled it before she placed it back down.

“That was so crazy,” Knarr said. “It was something so unique that I don’t think will ever happen again.”

Coming off last year’s individual title as a freshman, Verge felt pressure. He acknowledged he and his teammates were favorites given their dominance last year and this year. But Verge did his best to block that out, focus on his own game and tackle the task in front of him.

He stayed out of trouble by consistently saving pars, which he said provided as much or more momentum than birdies would have. He’s played in snow before but never in a tournament.

Verge was followed by his brother, Jordan Verge (148), who finished just four strokes behind him. Small closed his high school career tied for eighth with teammate Ramey Lloyd, each shooting 164. Daniel Loomis (174) tied for 19th.

“It was definitely a grind out there,” Justus Verge said. “The greens are usually pretty quick, but they got pretty slow. It was hard work. You definitely had to have 100% of your focus in it today.”

Upon finding out Bozeman won and he repeated as state champion, Justus felt relief. Knarr felt something similar when the girls won. The program raised its level this year.

As Gallatin High is set to open next year, Knarr recognized how special these state championships are before the Hawks split up.

Leading up to and during the tournament, the Verges tried not to think about playing their final tournament for Bozeman before they transition to Gallatin. But then reality began to set in.

“I’m starting to think about it now,” Justus said. “I didn’t want to look back and think I could’ve focused more for my team.”

Ultimately, he had nothing to regret. Nothing, not even the treacherous conditions, could slow down the Hawks’ dominance.

Once both teams clinched victory, players made snow angels, threw snow balls at each other and posed for photos surrounded by a white background instead of a green one.

“What incredible memories,” Clark said. “It was a pretty amazing experience.”

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