By Tiffany L. Rehbein
The Havre golfers are at Beaver Creek Golf Course today battling out finishes at the Havre Invitational. The meet was rescheduled from last weekend.
"The kids are all ready and anxious to go," Havre head coach Keith Evenson said.
Havre will host Class C Rocky Boy, who boasts a girls' team for the first time in school history, and Valier, Class B Chinook, Malta, Choteau, Glasgow, Cut Bank, and Conrad, and Class A Lewistown and Browning.
On the girls' side, senior Lisa Wagner, Jenni Solomon, Julie Wagner, and Katie Miller will be competing for Havre.
Chinook's Jessica Kauffman will compete and is looking for state-qualifying numbers at the meet.
Jason Johnstone, Kyle Lammerding, Nick Obie, and Troy Toner are the top four on Havre's squad.
Kevin Harada, Kyle Sheppard, and Eric Holden round out the team.
"I think we are going to shoot very well," Evenson said.
With the wind low and the temperature in the high 60s, the weather should be very cooperative on the course.
"I think we could look for some team records to be broken by the kids," Evenson said.
In a dual competition at Chinook on Monday, Obie shot a team-low 37, while Toner fired a 39. Both Harada and Sheppard shot a 40 on the windy course.
Lisa Wagner fired a 46 to lead the Havre girls.
The Chinook boys' golf team is coming off a big tournament victory at Malta on Tuesday.
The Sugarbeeters captured their first tournament title in five years at the meet.
Jim Steyee led the 'Beeters with an 81 and snatched his first individual title.
T.J. Murray, Troy Omsberg, Lucas Paugh, Tyler Oehmcke, and Kent Hansen also placed in the top 10 at the meet.
"The Havre course has some water," Chinook head coach Mike Seymour said. "After the (Malta) meet, we talked about good course management and playing away from the hazards."
Chinook, who has seen some of its eastern B-C competition in Malta, Wolf Point, Nashua, and Scobey, will have the opportunity to see some of its western competition in Conrad and Cut Bank.
And, of course, they will have the Class A challenge, also.
"We will be able to gauge ourselves a little bit," Seymour said. "We would like to post some respectable scores at Havre."