After a month of playing on foreign golf courses, the Havre High boys and girls golf teams get one last chance to play at home in 2011.
On Saturday morning, the Blue Ponies will host the 2011 Havre Invitational at Beaver Creek Golf Course. The tournament will be an 18-hole event with a shotgun start set for 9:30 a.m. This is the second of two meets in Havre. The Ponies opened the season with an 18-hole tourney at Prairie Farms Golf Course last month in Havre.
And HHS is glad to once again be on one of its home courses. The Ponies are coming off tournaments in Lewistown last Saturday, Billings on Thursday and Laurel today, so in all they will have played 54 holes over the last six days before playing 18 more Saturday in Havre.
The Havre Invite should also be a good warm-up for the Ponies, who will travel to the Central A Divisional next weekend in Browning. Havre will host teams from Lewistown, Browning, Great Falls and Saskatchewan this weekend, so the competition should be fierce.
The course will also test all golfers. BCGC has eight water hazards throughout the course and when the wind blows can play very long. However, the weather predictions for Saturday should be ideal for fall golf with temperatures reaching into the 60s and plenty of sunshine expected.
Another great thing about the Havre Invite is that every Pony player on the roster gets to compete. The Pony junior varsity players will be in the field as well, and for those who won’t make the divisional team next week, this is one more chance to compete this season.
The 2011 Havre Invitational golf tournament gets underway at 9;30 a.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Havre.
HHS golf teams compete in Billings
The Havre High boys and girls golf teams were in Billings Thursday for the Billings Central Invitational at Eaglerock Golf Course. The Pony boys finished in eighth place out of 10 teams with a team score of 368. David Denny led the way for Havre with a personal best 87. Sam Lippy also shot a solid 91 while Ramsey Drew shot 98. Simon McCann shot a 103 and Chance Pitkanen finished with a 104.
The Pony girls finished fourth overall with a team score of 429. Boston Swensen was the top Havre finisher with a stellar 98. Katie Beck finished with a round of 108 while Dani Murphy shot a 109. Nikki Gabrielson shot a round of 114 and Lauren Scofield rounded out the HHS scoring with a 157.
The Ponies will face all the same teams at today's Laurel Invitational.