Fergus girls’ golf team celebrates three-peat

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Despite being dressed for winter, the Fergus girls’ golf team is all smiles after winning another divisional golf championship. Members of the team are (from left) Allison Denton, Abby Gremaux, Val Kolstad, Kinsey Irvin, Annie Franz and Emily Kolstad.                                                                  Photo courtesy of Brett Thackeray

Looking for more hardware at state

For the third consecutive year, the Fergus girls’ golf team has won the Central A title. This year’s crown was won in Livingston. In addition, senior Kinsey Irvin also captured her third individual Central A title by scoring a 75 at this year’s meet. As a freshman, Irvin finished third.
The weather may have not cooperated for ideal golfing conditions – the temperature was a cool 38 degrees with just a slight breeze in Livingston on Saturday. In addition the turf on the golf course was damp because of snow on Friday, which cancelled the practice rounds and kept the Fergus students in school.
In winning their third consecutive divisional title, all five of the Golden Eagles finished in the top 10. Val Kolstad shot her personal best of 93 to finish second. Teammate Abby Gremaux was fourth with a 95, Annie Franz took eighth with a 110, and first-year player Allison Denton shot a 119 to take 10th.  By finishing in the top 10, the five Fergus girls received all-conference honors.
“To have three girls in the top five and all five of our girls in the top 10 is something our team should be proud of,” said Coach Brett Thackeray. “Our women’s team is very strong mentally and has been improving weekly – I don’t believe we’ve seen their best yet.”
Fergus’s team score was 373, followed by Havre at 409. Neither Park or Belgrade had enough golfers to compete for a team score.
“We are thrilled to have our ladies take first at the divisional tournament for the third year in a row,” added Thackeray.

Head to state meet in Sidney
The Fergus girls’ biggest challenge comes this weekend when they head to Sidney for the Class C State Meet. Last year the Fergus girls finished third at the state meet, but have higher expectations this year.
“We look for our girls to compete well against Sidney for the state title,” said Assistant Coach Keithon Walter. “We have a group of student athletes who are well mannered, respectful and not only compete hard on the field, but also in the classroom – this is a coach’s dream.
“The girls are poised and ready to go. They aren’t done yet. The forecast looks good, and this tournament is going to be fun to be a part of.”
All season, the Golden Eagles have anticipated getting back to the state meet. Sidney is the defending state champion, but Fergus looks forward to trying to best them in their own backyard.
“I’m excited about our chances against Sidney even though they will be sleeping in their own beds and playing on their home course,” said Coach Thackeray. “They have the clear advantage, but our ladies still have a lower team score to post. One slip by the Sidney girls will upset the predicted outcome.”
“I really like the approach our team has taken,” added Walter. “They’ve been able to accept the ups and downs of golf. Instead of just hitting shots out there, they are learning how to play the game. That is a sign of maturity, and I think that approach will benefit us this week at the state competition.”
A sendoff for both the girls’ and boys’ golf teams will be held in the FHS lobby today (Wednesday) at 2:40 p.m. Thursday the teams will play a practice round at the Sidney course. Friday and Saturday the competition will take place to crown the first Class A state champions for the 2017-2108 school year.



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