It wasn’t the way the Eagle High boys had pictured winning a fourth 5A state championship in five seasons, but a win is a win.
On the eighth hole of Tuesday’s second and final round, Eagle’s Colby Dean was initially disqualified for using a range finder. Without their No. 1 golfer, the Mustangs would have finished one stroke behind Coeur d’Alene for the team title.
Then came the announcement that Dean’s situation had been ruled incorrectly. According to the Idaho High School Activities Association’s state golf manual, players that use electronic devices — including range finders — are to be accessed a two-stroke penalty.
By the time the mistake was realized, the rest of the 5A field had already finished golfing.
Dean was then sent out to play holes eight through 18 by himself.
The sophomore finished with a 2-over 72, giving Eagle (578) an eight-shot win over Coeur d’Alene (586) at Pinecrest Golf Club in Idaho Falls.
Bishop Kelly returned to the top of the podium for the first time since 2008, expanding its one-shot lead after the first day to a 684-697 victory over second-place Twin Falls.
The Knights were led by sophomore Haley Nist — the reigning District Three champ — who carded rounds of 80 and 84 to finish fourth overall.
BK’s second-day total of 337 was the team’s lowest of the season.
Weiser (755) locked up its second straight team championship with a four-shot advantage over Kellogg.
Evanann Woodcock (171) led the Wolverines with a second-place finish.
Kellogg’s Kaceelyn Pouttu was the low medalist at 145.
Read more from all of Tuesday's state golf tournaments in Wednesday's Idaho Statesman.