Fergus girls’ golf team scores another divisional win

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Members of the FHS girls’ golf team, (from left) Madison Lewis, Annie Franz, Kinsey Irvin, Val Kolstad and Abby Gremaux, pose with their championship trophy from the Central A Divisional Golf Tournament.
  Photo courtesy of Brett Thackeray

Despite weather forecasts of rain, snow and windy, the Fergus girls’ golf team went into the Central A Divisional Tournament at East Glacier looking for a second consecutive divisional title. Just a few days before the golf tournament, the weatherman was predicting “heavy snow” in the East Glacier area. Two days before tee off, the weather was still predicted to be cold and rainy.
“But in true Montana fashion, the weatherman was wrong,” said Fergus Coach Brett Thackeray. “We played under a sunny sky with only a slight breeze blowing. The snow-covered mountains of Glacier National Park provided the backdrop to a beautiful and comfortable event.”
Also, for the second consecutive year, Fergus golfer Kinsey Irvin won the Central A individual title by scoring an 86 on 18 holes. Second was teammate Abby Gremaux with a 92. The two were the only two female golfers to break a 100 on the demanding course. First-year Fergus golfer Val Kolstad finished the tournament in10th place with a score of 118, and teammate Maddie Lewis was one stroke behind Kolstad with a 119. Those four athletes determined the Fergus team score of 415, 36 strokes ahead of second-place Havre. Annie Franz also competed for Fergus, scoring a 126.
“Our young ladies handled the fast greens and difficult conditions of the demanding course better than our men’s team,” said Thackeray. “Luckily, there were no bear sightings on the East Glacier course, which has been known to have them there.
“The Fergus boys struggled, as most of the players did, to shoot at or below their normal tournament scores,” Thackeray added. “Only three of the 25 male golfers on Saturday achieved that goal, and freshman Troy Parsons was the only Fergus male golfer to accomplish that feat.”
The young Fergus boys’ team finished in fourth place at the Divisional Meet with a score of 448. Finishing first was Park with a 377. The only Fergus male golfer to finish in the top 15 at the meet was freshman Caleb Myers, who shot a 92 to finish fourth overall in individual scoring.
Myers and the entire Golden Eagle girls’ team will represent Fergus at the State Class A Tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Friday at the Hamilton Golf Course. The state meet concludes on Saturday, Oct. 1. The top two teams and the top 15 individuals qualify for the state meet. Myers, Irvin, Gremaux, Kolstad and Lewis all earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 15 of the Central A Tournament. 
Following are the complete scores for both the men and women at the 2106 Tournament.

Men
Team scores: Park 377, Belgrade 387, Havre 389, Fergus 448 and Browning 454.
Individual scores: Winston Oppelt (P) 86, Dustin Hass (H) 89, Elliott Engbers (P) 90, Caleb Myers (F) 92, Kane Gabrielsen (H) 93, Brock Salsbury (Be) 94, Cameron Jenkins (B) 96, Aden Passon (H) 96, Ian Baker (Be) 96, Trae Kennerly (Br) 96, Lane Marshall (P) 99, Elijah Baker (Be), Max Serafin (P) 102, Garrett Carter (Be) 105, Mark Pollock (Br) 105, Gavin Mossbruker (H) 111, Ben Kolar (F) 114, Chase Smith (Br) 115, Zach Jensen (F) 118, Kyle Kilpatrick (H) 120, Troy Parsons (F) 124, Nathan Strickland (P) 128, Jheet Valandra (Br) 138, Dawson Southworth (F) 153, Mathew Conway (Br) 190.

Women
Team scores: Fergus 415, Havre 451, no score – Belgrade, Browning, Park
Individual scores: Kinsey Irvin (F) 86, Abby Gremaux (F) 92, Hunterrose Goetz (P) 102, Regan Lammers (H) 105, Dainaiya Polk (Br) 108, Morgan Brealey (Be) 111, Teagan Fee (H) 112, Autumn Sharp (Be) 112, Grace Lizinger (H) 113, Val Kolstad (F) 118, Maddie Lewis (F) 119, Makayla LaBuff (Br) 121, Kinzee Peterson (H) 121, MacKenzie Tilleman (H) 122, Ranessa Skunkcap (Br) 122, Annie Franz (F) 126, Kennedy Hader (P) 144, Sequoia Butterfly (Br) 174.

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