Young Fergus boys’ team misses second by four strokes

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Members of the FHS golf teams competing at divisional are (front row, from left) Truman Pierce, Coach Brett Thackeray, Assistant Coach Keithon Walter, Alec Manseau, (back row) Caleb Myers, Dawson Southworth, Allison Denton, Abby Gremaux, Val Kolstad, Kinsey Irvin, Annie Franz, Emily Kolstad, Ben Kolar and Zach Jensen.                                                               Photo courtesy of Keithon Walter

The Fergus boys’ golf team just missed qualifying for the state meet when the Golden Eagles shot a 393, just four strokes behind second-place Belgrade with 389. Winning the Central A divisional crown was Park with a 343. Havre finished in fourth place with a score of 442.
The good news for the young Fergus team is that four of the Fergus boys finished in the top 15 at the divisional meet held in Livingston. The top 15 individuals qualify for state, along with the top two teams out of each division. According to Montana High School Association rules, if four individuals qualify for the state meet, they can compete as a team at state.
“Our whole team was disappointed our boys missed second place by four strokes, but we’re fortunate we qualified four individuals and therefore we’ll have a team score in Sidney,” said Fergus Coach Brett Thackeray.
“Sophomore Caleb Myers has been consistent this year and performed very well at the divisional tournament, placing third,” added Thackeray. “We hope he continues his good play at state.”
Fergus’s Ben Kolar finished seventh at the divisional meet held in Livingston. He shot a score of 95. Both Myers and Kolar earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 10.
Zack Jensen was the third Fergus golfer to qualify for state. Jensen shot a 105 to finish 12th. Freshman Alec Manseau qualified for state by finishing 15th in Livingston. Manseau shot a 110. The fifth Fergus golfer, Dawson Southworth, just missed qualifying for state when he finished 19th with a score of 122.
“Alec has improved tremendously this year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down,” said Thackeray. “We know Ben, Alec, Zack and Caleb will our be shooting for personal bests at state. With some focus they will be able to do that.”
 

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