FHS golf teams wrap-up regular season play

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editorr

FHS golfers and coaches pose for a photo following the Laurel Invitational last Friday. The varsity teams will compete at the Central A Divisional Meet this Saturday in East Glacier.                  Photo courtesy of Brett Thackeray

 

The Fergus High School girls’ and boys’ golf teams have wrapped up regular season play and are headed for the Central A Divisional meet this Saturday in East Glacier. Browning is host to the divisional meet this year. 

The Fergus girls’ team has to be a strong favorite to repeat as Central A Divisional champs. Last year, the Golden Eagles won their first ever divisional golf title and return most of the members of last year’s team. Junior Kinsey Irvin is the top golfer for the Fergus girls, but teammates Abbie Gremaux and Madison Lewis are not far behind. Irvin had a big day in Laurel on Friday to conclude her regular season play. Irvin shot an 85 to finish first overall in the tournament.

“Kinsey has been playing very well,” said FHS Coach Brett Thackeray. “Her win in Laurel was exciting and well-deserved for all of her hard work over the past year.”

Finishing second and third behind Irvin were two Billings West golfers, who shot an 87 and an 89. 

Billings West won the team title at the Laurel Invitational with 365 strokes. Finishing second was Billings Skyview with a score of 412. The rest of the team scores at Laurel were the following: Miles City 414, Billings Central 418, Billings Senior 427, Fergus 438, Havre 454 and Laurel 456. Teams from Glendive, Hardin and Sidney also competed but did not have enough golfers to score as a team.

Other Fergus golfers, along with their scores, were Gremaux 103, Val Kolstad 121, Annie Franz 129. Lewis was unable to attend the meet. This is the first year of golfing for both Kolstad and Franz. 

On the boys’ side, freshman Caleb Myers was the top individual for Fergus with a score of 90. Second was Ben Kolar at 94, Zach Jensen 97 and Troy Parsons 140. Senior golfer Trevor Ward also missed the tournament.

The team title for the boys went to Billings West at 308 strokes. Second was Billings Central at 330. Other team scorers were the following: Billins Senior 340, Billins Skyview 355, Miles City 356, Sidney 366, Fergus 421 and Glendive 445. Hardin did not have a team score. 

“The scores we posted for both the girls and boys were good, especially considering the punishment the Laurel golf course can dish out,” said Thackeray. “We are glad to have played the Laurel course in preparation for the state tournament in Hamilton.”

 

Junior varsity squads finish season at Livingston

The Fergus junior varsity teams completed their seasons with a tournament in Livingston on Monday. Three Fergus girls and four Fergus boys competed at the tournament. 

Following are the girls’ team scores: Bozeman 404, Dillon 484, no team scores for Fergus, Belgrade and Park.

The boys’ team scores at Livingston were Bozeman Red 340, Bozeman Black 373. Butte Central 419, Belgrade 446, Fergus 449, no team score for Dillon. 

Myers finished in second place in the boys’ competition. Finishing first was Tal Rogers of Bozeman. Other Fergus boys’ scores were Dawson Southworth 111, Troy Parsons 119, Isaiah Kolar 136 and Gavin Ehlert 157.

The Fergus girls’ scores were Josie Friesen 146, Marissa Ray 158, Jessie Bolton 166.

“The FHS junior golfers finished their season with an unusually windless day in Livingston,” Thackeray said. “Nearly all of then shot at or below their personal average and all had a good time at a well-run meet.

“The coaching staff would like to thank the parents who supported the fine young men and women we had out this year and for encouraging those new to golf to give it a try,” added Thackeray. “We were a young and inexperienced junior varsity team this year, but we improved a lot and enjoyed ourselves – next year we will be even better.”

 

Results from Havre Invitational

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the golf team traveled to Havre to compete. According to Thackeray the tournament was a junior varsity one, but varsity players were also allowed to play. 

Irvin was the only Fergus varsity player to compete. She posted an 86, which was the low score of all competitors. 

Following are the boys and girls JV scores from the meet. No team standings were posted and no awards were given out.

Boys: Myers 98 (fourth), Parsons 115, Kolar 132, Ehlert 150.

Girls:  Gremaux 92 (first), Franz 133 (third), Friesen 146 (fourth), Ray 153 (fifth).

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