By George Ferguson/Havre Daily News Sportsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Despite cold and windy conditions at Beaver Creek Golf Course, both the Havre High girls and boys golf teams took advantage of home course conditions en route to capturing first place honors at the Havre High Golf Invitational Saturday morning.
As expected, the Blue Pony boys team ran away with the tournament by a 15-stroke margin over conference foe Lewistown. Junior varsity teams from CMR and Great Falls High finished third and fourth place respectively. Havre High JV teams came in fifth and sixth place followed by Browning in seventh.
"I thought the boys team did just fine in some fairly tough weather conditions," said Havre High head coach Keith Evenson. "Our scores might not have been as low as we would have liked, but in all, the kids played fine given the conditions."
Havre High standout Trent Normandy fired a 4-over-par 76 to capture medalist honors for the day. Normandy edged out Lewistown's Mike Gruener and Garrett Rodger of CMR by one stroke. Havre's Ben Erickson finished in fourth place with an 81 and senior teammate Chazz Hurlburt was fifth with an 82. The Ponies also got an 85 from senior Tony Jensen, while freshmen Matt Hedstrom and Brandon Job both fired 86s.
While it was no surprise that the Blue Pony boys dominated their own invitational, a young and somewhat inexperienced Havre girls team also captured first-place honors on Saturday. The Ponies came in with a total score of 454 which was five strokes better than Lewistown. Browning was the only other girls team that brought enough competitors to register a team score.
"With the weather and how difficult the course can be, I was pleasantly surprised by the girls performance," Evenson said. "I thought that Lewistown would be the team to beat on the girls side and we beat them so that was real nice to see."
Charlotte Clausen of Great Falls High captured medalist honors with a 97. Clausen was the only girl to break 100. Jessie Scott of Browning and Anika Tuss were second and third, respectively. Brittany Job of Havre was fourth at 106 and Catlin Flament of Lewistown was fifth. Havre also got solid performances from Amanda Brock and freshmen Alli Ward. The two Ponies both fired rounds of 115. Morgan Zimmer and Catlin Anderson rounded out the scoring for the Ponies with a 118 and a 133, respectively.
The Ponies will be back in action today in Lewistown. The Havre High varsity teams will play at the Pine Meadows Course and the JV team will be in action at Judith Shadows Golf Club.
Havre Invitational Golf Tournament
At Beaver Creek Golf Course
Havre 324 , Lewistown 339 , CMR JV's 346, Great Falls High JV's 360, Havre JV's Blue 366, Havre JV's White 393, Browning 419, Havre JV's Gold 452
TOP 5 BOYS
1. Trent Normandy, Havre 76; 2. Mike Gruener, Lewistown 77 3. Garrett Rodger, CMR 77 4. Ben Erickson, Havre 81; 5. Chazz Hurlburt, Havre 82
Havre - Trent Normandy 76, Ben Erickson 81, Chazz Hurlburt 82, Tony Jensen 85, Matt Hedstrom 86
Havre JV Blue - Cory Stremcha 95, Brandon Job 86, Marshall Cartwright 92, Sean Strand 93, Richard Jarvis 103
Havre JV White - Ben Milam 90, Chase Castloo 102, Chris Owens 109, Anthony Wirtzberger 92, C.J.Caven 116
Havre JV Gold - Nathan Oak 115, Travis Meyers 102, Duke Thomas 142, Matt Hartman 119
Lewistown - Gustauf Lindgren 87, Justin Shobe 84,Mike Gruener 77, Matt Gruener 94, Ryan Bennes 91, Steve Gruener 90, Casey Holst 103
CMR JV - Garrett Rodger 77, Ryan Myers 88, Calvin Fry 92, Jeff Clarke 98, Brad Dockter 89, Zack Aeamenoni 93, Matt Kakalecik 89
Great Falls High JV -Ty Moody 87, Matt Larcombe 88, Charlie Marsik 93, Tyson Lunn 100, Ryan Marsik 92, Travis Feller 134
Browning - Ryan Running Crane 92, Tyler Running Crane 102, T.C. Tall Bull 102, Mike Goss 123, Keith Running Crane 148
Havre 454, Lewistown 459, Browning 497,
TOP 5 GIRLS
1. Charlotte Clausen, GFH 97; 2.Jessie Scott, Browning 102; 3. Anika Tuss, Lewistown 105; 4. Brittany Job, Havre 106; 5. Caitlin Flament, Lewistown 109
Havre - Brittany Job 106, Amanda Brock 115, Ali Ward 115, Morgan Zimmer 118, Catlin Anderson 133
Lewistown - Caitlin Flament 109, Anika Tuss 105, Kim Ried 134, Shea Downey 111
Browning - Jessie Scott 102, Irene Harrison 126, Robyn Mad Plume 133, Brook Wagner 136, Kathy Running Crane 142
CMR JV - Markie Cook 128, Miriam Oligmueller 137
Great Falls High JV - Charlotte Clausen 97, Kendra Clark 119, Ashleigh Schell 147