By Ryan Divish/Havre Daily News Sports Editorfirstname.lastname@example.org
There is nothing like golf in the fall. The short days and the long sleeves. The Montana State University-Northern golf team, battled the recent rough spate of weather to finish sixth at the Carroll College Invitational held at the Green Meadow Country Club on Monday and Tuesday in Helena.
After two rounds, the Skylights were challenging to move out of sixth and into fifth, but a tough final round hurt their chances.
"We were ahead of Western for two rounds, but that last round was tough," said head coach Warren Quick. "Sixth isn't bad, but Carroll and Great Falls, who we beat last week, couldn't field full teams."
Northern was only able to take the minimum required four golfers to the tourney. The Skylights were without Melanie Fee, who stayed home because of family reasons.
"If we get that fifth golfer, it allows one of the other golfers to have an off day and not hurt us," Quick said. "With only four, every player's score counts for every round."
Julie Wagner and Chastity Wagner led the Skylights with three rounds in the low 90's. Julie Wagner, a former HHS standout, fired rounds of 93, 91, 91 for a total of 275. Chastity Wagner bounced back after an opening round 97, to shoot 91, 91 for a total of 280.
"Julie and Chastity were very consistent for us," Quick said. "We just need to shave a few strokes off and get them consistently in the 80s."
Anita Strommen fired rounds of 101, 95 and a team-low 87 for a total of 283. Lorrie Keller finished with scores of 107, 109 and 115 for a total of 331.
"Anita is really starting play really well," Quick said. "Lorrie had a tough last round. But overall I was pleased with how the girls competed. It was tough conditions."
Indeed, Northern wasn't even able to complete its practice round on Sunday with temperatures in the 40s and a steady downpour, limiting its time on the course.
Besides the frigid fall weather, Green Meadows had recently aerated its green, making putting difficult.
"It was tough to get your ball to hold the putting line," Quick said. "You pretty much just had to blast it up there."
Despite the less than optimal conditions, Quick was proud of the way his players responded.
"They didn't complain," Quick said. "They just went out there and competed hard. They realized that everybody had to play in the same conditions."
Havre native Jon Johnstone had a solid showing for Montana Tech with scores of 78, 76, 74 for a total of 228.
Northern will travel to Billings on Sept. 27-28 for the Rocky Mountain Invitational held at Peter Yegen Golf Course.
Carroll College Invitational
Green Meadow Country Club in Helena
1. University of Victoria 869; 2. Lewis and Clark 875; 3. Rocky Mountain 895; 4. Montana Tech 910; 5. Carroll College 926; 6. Montana-Western 937; 7. Westminster 945; 8. Great Falls NS.
University of Victoria - Shelby Dreher 73-70-71; Jade Dennill 76-73-71; Steve Beil 76-70-73; Paul Statchuk 78-79-69; Josh Fleming 73-74-75.
Lewis and Clark College - Marc Vedder 72-76-78; Arron Curtis 72-77-71; Shawn Krahling 77-69-73; Jeff Thoeny 74-74-73; Jeff Smith 71-74-76.
Rocky Mountain College - Kelbi Lee 75-71-69; Vic Meyers 73-78-74; Broc Criswell 83-73-73; Billy Pine 80-78-76; Renzi Lee 78-79-73; Jared Atkins 75-73-76; Ryan Linell 70-71-69; Will Lucas 82-82-80.
Montana Tech - Brendan Paull 76-83-77; Patrick Stump 79-72-77; Jon Johnstone 78-76-74; Jeff Wood 76-79-81; Tyler Williams 74-76-75; Josh Chebul 84-87-84; Dan Merchant 85-83-75; Jeff Seleska 103-96-100.
Carroll College - John Nielsen 75-69-78; Ryan Buls 76-80-79; Cole Bennett 77-79-74; Matt Roberts 83-77-81; Ben Waiss 95-81-79; Jack Gillette 88-87-85; John Beltrone 87-80-83; Mike Anderson 77-77-80; Chris King 87-80-WD.
UM-Western - Josh Peterson 75-73-71; Dan Oberweiser 77-76-84; Lance Bosen 80-79-84; Tyler McCabe 80-78-80; Seth Kuhl 87-85-91; Dan Hazlett 84-77-86; Josh Schad 84-78-X; Eric Reiner 86-76-78.
Westminster College - Adam Epson 76-75-78; Eric Hurd 77-77-73; Jesse Lind 83-89-80; Patrick Roeder 84-NS-86; Ryan Davis 83-75-79; Mike Elliott 79-80-85.
University of Great Falls - Allan Ramorini 78-73-77; Erik Nelson 91-88-93; Matt Widhalm 98-90-92; Chris Crocker 128-103-WD.
1. Rocky Mountain 958; 2. Lewis and Clark 1,004; 3. Westminster 1,111; 4. Montana Tech 1,131; 5. Montana-Western 1,155; 6. Montana State-Northern 1,169; 7. Carroll College NS; 7. Great Falls NS.
Rocky Mountain College - Ashley Griffith 84-75-80; Rachael Warren 79-77-84; Karin Boo 73-80-77; Emily Jewett 91-81-88; Carlie Breen 81-80-89; Shawna Elliott 97-82-86; Katie Truscott 91-84-83; Katie Phillips 83-91-90.
Lewis and Clark College - Nicole Olson 86-75-75; Christine Bemicki 89-85-84; Samara Kluever 83-89-90; Kate Fuqua 84-82-93; Kara Player 87-85-88; Chantelle Beveridge 112-91-94.
Westminster College - Ashley Baldwin 84-79-84; Rachel Panish 94-94-87; Heather Hatch 100-94-94; Cassie Bagiola 102-98-101.
Montana Tech - Kelsey Jensen 82-87-78; Tina Bickford 88-85-92; Victoria Kazmierczak 92-90-86; Crystal Cunniff 120-115-116.
UM-Western - Ashley Melne 87-95-88; Katie Wilson 90-95-88; Katie Blades 106-98-94; Alie Bethel 106-114-103; Lisa Minnehan 113-117-96.
MSU-Northern - Julie Wagner 93-91-91 - 275; Chasity Wagner 97-91-92 - 280; Anita Strommen 101-95-87 - 283; Lorrie Keller 107-109-115 - 331.
Carroll College - Andrea Tucker 92-95-98; April Schauer 97-98-WD; Audrey Adams 108-111-103.
University of Great Falls - Dena Riegel 101-84-89.