2022 Class C State Golf Tournament Guide | Golf

BILLING — Manhattan Christian’s Caidin Hill graduation means that this year, for the first time in a long time, there will be someone new at the top of Class C men’s golf.

But the more things change, the more they tend to stay the same.

Hill won state titles in 2018, 2019 and 2021 — there was no season in 2020 because of the pandemic — and helped Manhattan Christian win the tag team championship each time. Despite Hill’s loss, the Eagles are set for a fourth consecutive crown and are coming off a 15-stroke win in the first ever Western C Division last week at Marias Valley in Shelby.

The Manhattan Christian girls, meanwhile, have won four straight tag team championships and had no trouble winning their game of the divisional tournament a week ago.

Paityn Curtiss of Plentywood, an individual state medalist last year, is only in his second year and is back to defend his crown. Curtiss won the Eastern C Division last week by five strokes.

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The two-day Class C State Golf Tournament, hosted by Fairview High School, begins Tuesday at Sidney Country Club. Here is a breakdown of the individual and team contestants:

State C Golf

May 17-18

at the Sidney Country Club (organized by Fairview)

Individual medalists 2021: Caidin Hill, Manhattan Christian (boys); Paityn Curtiss, Plentywood (girls)

Tag Team Champions 2021: Manhattan Christian (boys); Christian of Manhattan (girls)

If not for the pandemic, Hill could have been a four-time state champion. But Manhattan Christian has been in good hands this season with presenters Cavan Visser and Logan Leep each placing in the top five at splits. Carter VanDyken finished in the top 10.

Ari Nicholas of Seeley-Swan shot an 81 to win the Western Division and should be in contention this week. Nicholas shot a 75 earlier this season at the Ranch Club in Missoula.

Others to watch include Dillon Warren and Karson Stensland, both of Great Falls Central, as well as Bryson Banhmiller of Highwood, East Division champion Adam Paine and teammate Carson Solberg of Westby-Grenora, Braxton Wolfe of Scobey and Jakob Gill of Plentywood.

Whoever wins will be the first unnamed titlist Caidin Hill since 2017.

“It will be interesting,” Manhattan Christian coach Tom Hubers said. “Obviously, when kids graduate, there are always new kids who are looking forward to it.”

On the girls’ side, Curtiss of Plentywood may have an advantage considering she’s no stranger to Sidney’s background. She won the Eastern Division there last week shooting 94.

Grace Aamot shot an 85 at Shelby to win the splits and lead Manhattan Christian to the tag team title last week. Hubers expects Aamot to be in the game this week.

Hubers said Curtiss, the defending champion, “played really well last year, and it was great to see such a young kid win. But I expect Grace to be there. She’s playing well at golf right now and she’s focused this week.

Ashtyn Curtiss from Plentywood, Casha Corder from Fort Benton, Mia Nicholas from Seeley-Swan, Emma Isaacs from Broadus, Annika Lunde from Wibaux and Becca Lynn from Hobson are among the other names to watch.

On the team side, Manhattan Christian is supported in his race for a fifth consecutive championship by Tori Cook and Natalie Walhof. Both finished in the top six at splits last week.

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