By Tiffany L. Rehbein
The poetry of golf.
I'm not being dramatic here. The game could be a poem.
The melody of the tink of the ball off a driver from the tee.
The gentle drop of the ball into the trim fairway grass.
The bubble of the creek coursing through Beaver Creek Golf Course.
The hum of a golf cart. The gust of the Havre breeze curling through the course. A warm summer rain with a rainbow sprayed overhead, protecting the players.
However, in my case, the poetry of my game, could be more like a poem written by someone like, say, Hitler.
After I tee-off, there is a tink, and the ball, sometimes, does sail, but it is generally shanked to the right at least 50 feet.
And the gentle drop of the ball, well, it is more like a tiny plunk into the water on the seventh hole (three or four times, usually).
And the babbling creek? Well, I have never seen the tiny splash into that water, but I have lost, on average, two balls per night off hole No. 1 (and Nos. 3 and 9), including last night.
Two nights of women's golf have been cancelled due to rain, two other nights, the rains came. Hard. And, in Havre, there is no such thing as a gentle breeze. It's pretty much just windy.
As for my opponents, three weeks ago, Makin' Waves/Hi-Line Drilling tied for high team score. They were our opponents.
Two weeks ago, Susie Pearson of DA Davidson captured low gross. She and I were golfing against one another. DA Davidson captured high team honors that week.
Last week Mary Pizzini of McDonalds took seven points off me, nearly the highest of anyone on the course. She also golfed one of her best scores.
Last night, my opponent, Terry Lilletvedt, grabbed low net and two pin prizes.
Her teammates were agape with awe at her score. She said she never golfs that well. Poetry.
So, 1st Security Bank, soon to become Independence Bank, we will meet on July 13. Prepare your No. 4 golfer, because, if things continue, she will have her best night of golf.
But, beyond my violation of the course, the women's golf league ladies are helpful and patient. They encourage new golfers, and, as they have said, it takes one good hit (out of 85 strokes in my case) to keep a person coming back.
The second half of Tuesday night men's golf league at Beaver Creek Golf Course began with Havre Laundry claiming the high team score with 33 1/2 points.
Jim Brenna, Jim Welter, Mark Aageson, and Byron Welter are on the team.
With the high team score, Havre Laundry took the early lead in the team standings. Boxcars is second with 26 1/2 points. Cavaliers shot a 23 1/2 and Schubert/R &R shot a 21 1/2 points.
Rob Spicher fired a low gross 35 and Craig Patrick collected a low net 29.
The second half of Wednesday night men's league at Beaver Creek also got underway with Koefod Ins. taking high team honors with 24 1/2 points.
Larry Obie, Doug Safley, Tom Healy, and Jason Wirt make up the team.
They claimed the early first-place spot, with Master Sports (23 1/2), Culligan, (23 1/2), 1st Security Bank (23), and Erickson/Baldwin (23), rounding out the top five in the team standings.
Jim Kato fired a low gross 35 and Jim Eastlick collected a low net 30.
Chinook men's golf league on Wednesday saw the team standings change drastically. Neibauer Harvesting vaulted into first place with 170 points. Last week, they were ranked fifth.
Bulls Eye also made a move and jumped from sixth to second place with 168 1/2 points.
GTA also improved to third place with 167 1/2 points. B & B Buyers, eighth last week, improved to fourth with 167 points. Western Bank dropped from third to fifth with 167 points.
Tyler Oehmcke shot a low gross 37 and tied with Kip Schumacher for a low net 29.
Kurt Hansen took 8 1/2 points.
Aero Lounge team members snatched all the pin prizes with Jerry Veis getting closest to the pin, Dutch Schulte claimed longest drive, and Tim Vosburgh had the longest putt.
During women's golf league on Thursday night, Carrie Kato fired a low gross 43 and Terry Lilletvedt collected a low net 29.
McDonalds Moe Coryell, Karan Evans, Brooke Barkus, and Susie LaSalle had the high team score of 24 1/2. They are ranked sixth with 110 points.
DA Davidson maintained its first-place standing with 133 points.
PTL Barbershop improved to second place with 129 1/2 points. Northern Transfer, in the running in the top three, slipped to fourth with a bye. They have 114 points.
Independent Inspection was third with 121 points. Horizon Room is fifth with 112 1/2 points.
Tuesday and Wednesday night men's golf league at Beaver Creek will not be held next week due to the Fourth of July holiday.
Instead of regular league play for the women at Havre, there will be a 9-hole scramble on Thur., July 6. Sign-up is available at the golf course.
Tuesday night men's league
Beaver Creek Golf Course
Start of second half
Low gross: Rob Spicher, 35.
Low net: Craig Patrick, 29.
High team score: Havre Laundry, 33 1/2. Jim Brenna, Jim Welter, Mark Aageson, Byron Welter.
Team standings: 1, Havre Laundry, 33 1/2; 2, Boxcars, 26 1/2; 3, Cavaliers, 23 1/2; 4, Schubert/R&R, 21 1/2; 5, Corner Bar, 21; 6, Shanty Bar, 21; 7, Jerry Noble Tire, 20 1/2; 8, Hole 19, 20; 9, Miller Lite, 20; 10, Hi-Way Bar, 20; 11, Farnik Bin Sales, 20; 12, Wagner Plumbing, 20; 13, Drivers Choice, 20; 14, Tilleman Motors, 19 1/2; 15, Tempo Electric, 19; 16, Hi-Line Drilling, 19; 17, Harvest States, 18 1/2; 18, Petes Auto Body, 16 1/2; 19, North Star Sign, 13 1/2; 20, Police, 6 1/2.
Wednesday night men's league
Beaver Creek Golf Course
Start of second half
Low gross: Jim Kato, 35.
Low net: Jim Eastlick, 30.
High team score: Koefod Ins., 24 1/2. Larry Obie, Doug Safley, Tom Healy, Jason Wirt.
Team standings: 1, Koefod Ins., 24 1/2; 2, Master Sports, 23 1/2; 3, Culligan, 23 1/2; 4, 1st Security Bank, 23; 5, Erickson/Baldwin, 23; 6, Boxcars, 21; 7, Credit Bureau, 21; 8, DA Davidson, 20 1/2; 9, Office Equipment, 20 1/2; 10, Bear Paw Credit Union, 20; 11, Taco Johns, 20; 12, Clausen & Sons, 19 1/2; 13, Valley Furniture, 19 1/2; 14, Tilleman Motors, 19; 15, Norwest Bank, 19; 16, Mariani Ins. 19; 17, Beaver Creek Golf Course, 17; 18, LTL Masonry, 16 1/2; 19, Havre Ford, 16 1/2; 20, US Bank, 15 1/2.
Chinook men's golf league
Chinook Golf Course
Low gross: Tyler Oehmcke, 37.
Low net: Tyler Oehmcke, Kip Schumacher, 29.
Team standings: Neibauer Harvesting 170; Bulls Eye 168 1/2; GTA 167 1/2; B & B Buyers 167; Western Bank 167; Norwest Bank 166; Red Rock Power 165 1/2; Harshman Electric 165; Aero Lounge 161; Chinook Motor Inn 160; Schellin INsurance 159 1/2; Crop Land Genetics 154 1/2; Chinook Pharmacy 150 1/2; Bear Paw Credit Union 147 1/2; Doughten Ford 146 1/2; Baker Amusement 139; Havre Daily News 139; Tom & Nancy's 130; Land-O-Lakes 121.
Closest to the pin: Jerry Vies.
Longest drive: Dutch Schulte.
Longest putt: Tim Vosburgh.
Women's Golf League
Beaver Creek Golf Course
Low gross: Carrie Kato, 43.
Low net: Terry Lilletvedt, 29.
High team score: McDonalds, 24 1/2. Moe Coryell, Karan Evans, Brooke Barkus, Susie LaSalle.
Team standings: DA Davidson 133; PTL Barbershop 129 1/2; Independent Inspection 121; Northern Transfer 114; Horizon Room 112 1/2; McDonalds 110; Makin' Waves/Hi-Line Drilling 109; 15 West 101 1/2; 1st Security Bank 101 1/2; Richard Scharfe & Co. 87; JM Donoven 66.