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Cordingleys lead locals on final day of 5A golf

Madison’s Colten Cordingley assess his next move at the 5A state golf tournament at Teton Lakes Golf Course on Tuesday. Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com

By PAUL LAMBERT
prsports@postregister.com

REXBURG — One Cordingley child said hello to the state golf tournament this week, and another said goodbye.

Representing Madison High School at Teton Lakes Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, freshman Brynlee Cordingley and big brother Colten led all District 6 golfers at the 5A Golf Championships.

Colten, a senior and Utah State commit, was third in the boys field with a 75-74—149, and Brynlee placed 11th with an 85-95—180.

In the boys team competition, Rocky Mountain dominated the field with a stroke count of 580, 48 better than Madison’s runner-up total. The Grizzlies’ Sam Tidd posted a tidy 71-69—140 to claim state medalist honors.

Led by medalist Payton Ferringer’s 70-76—146, Highland (682) claimed the girls title by two strokes over Centennial.

Considering her total body of work on the Teton Lakes layout, however, perhaps no golfer had a better couple of days than young Brynlee Cordingley.

She is hardly a Noob on the Billy Casper designed course, having played hundreds of rounds under the watchful eye of former Teton Lakes club pro Brett Cordingley.

In all those rounds, Brynlee had very rarely broken 90, and had never gone so low as her Monday 85.

In fact, with a 12-foot putt from just off the green on the par-5 18th, Brynlee recorded her very first eagle.

Brynlee Cordingley

“That was pretty cool, because I played better on the back (nine) than I did on the front, which doesn’t really happen,” she said. “And that, that was my best ever.”

Big brother Colten paid his final respects to Teton Lakes in fine style, rolling an 8-foot birdie putt on that same 18th green to close out his prep career with a 3.

What makes that birdie more notable is the back-nine eruption that preceded it, as Colten took a double bogey on the short par 4 14th, followed by a quadruple bogey on the par-5 15th.

“I had already chipped in for par on 11 after hitting it into the hazard, and after I doubled 14, I knew I needed to do something extra on 15,” he said. “But that nine kind of put a damper on things.”

Colten laughed it off — literally — and finished par, par, birdie to claim bronze medal honors.

“I was laughing about it, after hitting a 3-wood out of bounds from 240-yards on 15,” he said. “I just said to my guys, ‘Well, at least I hit it good.’”

Also honoring all things District 6 was Hillcrest No. 1 Jacob Bigler whose 78-79—157 placed him in a tie for 16th.

Carrying the District 93 banner a little bit higher than Bigler was Bonneville senior McKade Neeser who closed out his prep career with a 78-75—153, tied for ninth.

“It was a little nerve wracking being the only individual from Bonneville, and I didn’t score quite as well as I wanted,” Neeser said. “But I started to come around today and made some putts.”

5A state championships
Final round
Tuesday at Teton Lakes golf course

Girls

Team scores: 1. Highland 682, 2. Centennial 684, 3. Timberline 692, 4. Eagle 713, 5. Lake City 729, 6. Post Falls 745, 7. Rocky Mountain 760, 8. Madison 789

Individuals (top 10): 1. Payton Ferringer (Highland), 70-76—146, 2. Kaitlyn Flemming (Meridian), 76-79—155, 3. Kaitlynn Deeble (Centennial), 77-80—157, 4. Emily Dodge (Lake City) 81-83—164, 4. Livvy Nuxoll (Boise), 83-81—164, 6. Alex Gordon (Timberline) 78-87—165, 7. Maddie Cudworth (Timberline) 81-85—166, 8. Lexi Rowe (Highland), 81-86—167, 9. Tess Cowley (Eagle), 83-87—170, 10. Sydney Catlin (Timberline) 88-84—172, 10. Carlee Swenson (Centennial) 82-90—172.

Local teams:

MADISON (789): Brynlee Cordingley 85-95—180, Chloe Miller 99-90—189, Ashlyn Zollinger 98-106—204, Hallie Chchos 111-105—216, Sophie Jeppeson 115-112—227.

HILLCREST (INC): Ally Adamson 86-95—181.

BONNEVILLE (INC): Taylor Walker 106-108—214.

Boys

Team scores: 1. Rocky Mountain 285-295—580, 2. Madison 312-316—628, 3. Eagle 310-322—632, 4. Coeur d’Alene 312-322—634, 5. Post Falls 313-322—635, 6. Hillcrest 325-319—644, 7. Mountain View 328-330—658, 8. Boise 335-324—659.

Individuals (top 10): 1. Sam Tidd (medalist, Rocky Mountain), 71-69—140, 2. Carson Barry (Rocky Mountain) 69-74—143, 3. Colten Cordingley (Madison), 75-74—149, 3. Jake Slocum (Rocky Mountain), 73-76—149, 5. Tyler Joplin (Eagle), 73-77—150, 5. Cameron Flores (Post Falls), 76-74—150, 7. Taylor Henry (Eagle), 73-79—152, 7. Drew Reinke (Rocky Mountain), 72-80—152, 9. McKade Neeser (Bonneville), 78-75—153, Casey Winter (Meridian) 82-71—153.

Local teams

MADISON (628): Colten Cordingley 75-74—149, Lincoln Hirrlinger 77-79—156, Oakley Layton 79-77—156, Zac Martin 83-86—169, Briar Leishman 81-97—178.

HILLCREST (644): Jacob Bigler 78-79—157, Tristan Groth 83-78—161, Davis Weathester 80-83—163, Preston Garn 84-88—172, Brian Greenig 95-79—174.

BONNEVILLE (INC): McKade Neeser 78-75—153.

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