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Obie competes in U.S. Amateur championship

 


Former Havre High golf standout Nick Obie has had a busy and successful summer on the golf course. Now Obie finish his summer golf season by facing the toughest amateur competition in the United States when he begins play today at the 2003 U.S. Amateur golf championship in Pittsburgh.

Obie won the Montana sectional qualifier on Aug. 4 at Bridger Creek Golf Club in Bozeman with a two-day total of 140. He defeated Laurel standout Nathan Bailey by two strokes to qualify for today's tournament.

Obie's quest for the biggest prize in amateur golf begins this morning with 18 holes of stroke play. Tuesday will feature the second round of stroke play. The 36-hole event will be held at Pittsburgh Fields Golf Club. From there the field of more than 250 competitors will be narrowed to the top 64 and those final competitiors will play a match play tournament at famed Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., to decide the 2003 amateur champion.

Already this season Obie participated in the prestigious U.S. Public Links championships in New Jersey. He also captured the Montana State Match Play championship and finished second at the Montana State Men's Amateur.

The 2003 U.S. Amateur will be televised on ESPN Wednesday through Friday and NBC will televise the final two days of the tournament Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Havre the Ladies League golf association will crown a 2003 champion on Thursday night. This past Thursday saw the Golf Course Restaurant defeat Havre Heating and Air Conditioning 22-14 in one semifinal match. Independence Bank defeated Making Waves 21-14 in the other semifinal match to set up Thursday night's championship tilt. Making Waves and Havre Heating and Air Conditioning will play on Thursday night for third and fourth place.

In men's league action on Tuesday night, Drivers Choice captured high-team honors with a spectacular 25 points performance. Drivers Choice is composed of Dave Hamilton, Steve Burstock, Bob Breum and Larry Johnson. Patrick Winderl garnered low-gross honors with a 37 and Steve Granell earned low-net score with a 26.5.

On Wednesday night Clausen & Sons grabbed high-team honors with 24 total points. Clausen & Sons consists of Buzz Pizzini, Dave Clausen, Terry Schend and Tracey McLain. Jim Kato earned low-gross honors after firing an even-par 36, and Kerry Ward and Steve Mariani shared low-net with a 30.5.

There are just two weeks remaining in the regular season. On Tuesday night Stockman Bank will have a bye, and US Bank and Wells Fargo will be out on Wednesday night.

On Saturday, Beaver Creek Golf Course played host to the annual Skylights Scramble. The 18-hole four-person event was won by the team of Bruce Normandy, Trent Normandy, Don Normandy and Dave Herman with a gross score of 51. The team of Jim Kato, Rick Kato, Barry Kato and Greg Baltrusch captured the low-net title with a net score of 47.3. Trent Normandy also captured the pitch, putt and drive competition.

Tournament action will continue this weekend across the Hi-Line as well. The Chinook Golf and Country Club will play host to the seventh annual Fireball Scramble. The Fireball tourney will be an 18-hole four-person scramble and the event will get under way with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Possible hole prizes will include a car, golf cart, trip to Hawaii, a television and a one-year golf membership.

Beaver Creek Golf Course will also crown its club champion this weekend. The two-day, 36-hole Club Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday. Players are welcome to play their first round at any time on Saturday and they will then be flighted for Sunday's final 18 holes. Sunday's final round will begin at 9 a.m.

Men's League Results

Tuesday, Aug. 12

1. Drivers Choice 25 pts. (Dave Hamilton 43, Bob Breum 43, Steve Burstock 44, Larry Johnson 38); 2. Hole 19 23 pts. (Gerry Veis 38, Tim Keating 47, Kevin Olson 41, Eric Fee 39); 3. Pizza Pro 21 pts. (Lyle Miller 40, Gary Stremcha 48, Russ Luke 46, Jeff Jensen 41); 4. Wagner Plumbing 20.5 pts. (Dan Kiderowski 47, Dan Wagner 38, Russ Earl 44, Barry Zanto 47); 5. Stockman Bank 20 pts. (Dave Herman 43, Tom Adams 41, Chuck Wimmer 39, Murray Barkus 42); 6. Hi-Line Drilling 20 pts. (Tracey McLain 44, Rodger Freier 44, Steve Bebee 44, Brad Ruhkamp 49); 7. Corner Bar 20 pts. (Travis Burchard 50, Steve Brown 45, Keith Maristuen 59, Jared Gillem 45); 8. Elks 19.5 pts. (Bill Schilling 42, Gerry Olson 46, Ron Surber 52, Steve Granell 40); 9. Cavaliers 18.5 pts. (Larry Sapp 49, Harvey Brock 46, Doug Ross 50, Patrick Winderl 37); 10. Hi-Way Bar 17.5 pts. (Don Miller 48, Dennis Kannberg 54, Craig Patrick 54, Dick Hansen 46); 11. Bing N Bob's 16.5 pts. (Bill Evans 43, Howie Stromberg 45, Dick Scharfe 38, Lunar Evans 41); 12. Havre Laundry 16 pts. (Dave Boles 45, Jim Welter 59, Byron Welter 44, Neal Brenna 43); 13. Schubert R&R 16 pts. (Gene Oveson 53, Jerry Schubert 45, Dan Weidinger 41, Duane Campbell 45); 14. Shanty Bar 16 pts. (Ed Barsanti 50, Scott McLean 42, Murray Hurlburt 38, Don Christopherson 50); 15. Golden Spike 15.5 pts. (Lee Farmer 54, Matt Corcoran 50, Steve Strand 43, A.J. Keller 60); 16. Tire-Rama 15 pts. (Mark West 44, Jim Wirt 45, Ken Campbell 56, Pete Steinmetz 56); 17. Boxcars 13 pts. (Jimmy Jackson 48, Mike Ritz 49, Dan Boucher 53, Gary Richardson 47); 18. Farnik Bin Sales 11 pts. (Pat Foster 45, Bud Baldwin 44, Rod Spicher 48, Monty Groth 48); Frontier Lawn 18 pts. (out).

Tuesday Night Standings (through seven weeks)

1. Hole 19 147, 2. Bing N Bob's 139.5, 3. Wagner Plumbing 137, 4. Stockman Bank 134, 5. Pizza Pro 133.5, 6. Drivers Choice 133, 7. Shanty Bar 132, 8. Havre Laundry 129.5, 8. Hi-Way Bar 129.5, 10. Golden Spike 125, 11. Elks 121.5, 12. Frontier Lawn 119, 13. Schubert R&R 118.5, 14. Hi-Line Drilling 118, 15. Cavaliers 117.5, 16. Boxcars 111, 16. Tire-Rama 111, 16. Corner Bar 111, 19. Farnik Bin Sales 106.5.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

1. Clausen & Sons 24 pts. (Buzz Pizzini 41, Terry Schend 45, Dave Clausen 41, Tracey McLain 41); 2. Valley Furniture 23.5 pts. (Mike Purkett 38, Tom Haas 42, Mike Evans 41, Mike Peterson 46); 3. Office Equipment 22.5 pts. (Bill Schilling 40, Jim Sullins 48, Dave Hamilton 43, Brett Preeshl 41); 4. Havre Ford 22 pts. (Bob Peake 39, Pete Steinmetz 47, George Ferguson 40, Lance Reeser 43); 5. Michelob Light 20.5 pts. (Rick Reynolds 43, Rick Kato 45, Bruce Normandy 41, Jim Kato 36); 6. Beaver Creek Golf Course 20.5 pts. (Art Weyh 55, Jerry Donovan 49, Matt Slade 49, Steve Granell 50); 7. Independence Bank 18 pts. (Byron Ophus 45, Brian Lillivedt 50, Dennis Murphy 45, Kevin Olson 39); 8. U.S. Bank 18 pts. (Irish Ireland 43, Jerry Kuhn 55, Kerry Ward 45, Eric Ward 39); 9. Tilleman Motors 18 pts. (Jerry Schubert 50, Larry Tilleman 49, Dave Herman 43, Chuck Wimmer 38); 10. Mariani Insurance 18 pts. (Murray Hurlburt 41, Steve Mariani 38, Jim Omlie 45, Chris Young 41); 11. Wells Fargo 18 pts. (Pat Foster 43, Alan Pearson 47, Scott Leeds 46, Powell Becker 50); 12. D.A. Davidson 18 pts. (Dan Sheppard 53, Barry Zanto 45, Vance Blatter 43, Steve Strand 41); 13. Master Sports 15.5 pts. (Barry Kato 46, Nate Baltrusch 46, Wayne Bolken 45, Terry Sheppard 48); 14. Havre Credit Bureau 15.5 pts. (Mark Henderson 44, Tom Evans 49, Brent Reber 44, Jim Evans 49); 15. Taco John's 14 pts. (Steve Burstock 46, Tom Reynolds 47, Rick Carlson 44, Larry Johnson 42); 16. Bear Paw Credit Union 13.5 pts. (Perry Ahern 49, Ron Evanson 48, Lowell Swenson 53, Steve Brown 47); 17. Koefod Insurance 12.5 pts. (Dale Britt 54, Doug Safely 53, Larry Obie 45, Jim Wirt 44); 18. Erickson-Baldwin Insurance 12 pts. (Murray Barkus 40, Tom Adams 38, Larry Martinson 52, Bud Baldwin 49); Stone Child College 18 pts. (out); Boxcars 18 pts. (out).

Wednesday Night Standings (through seven weeks)

1. Havre Ford 140.5, 2. Clausen & Sons 136.5, 3. D.A. Davidson 135, 4, Tilleman Motors 134.5, 4. Michelob Light 134.5, 4. Valley Furniture 134.5, 7. U.S. Bank 128, 8. Independence Bank 127, 9. Master Sports 126.5, 10. Taco John's 125, 10. Wells Fargo 125, 12. Stone Child College 124, 13. Koefod Insurance 123.5, 14. Erickson-Baldwin Insurance 123, 15. Boxcars 122, 16. Office Equipment 121.5, 17. Mariani Insurance 117.5, 18. Bear Paw Credit Union 114.5, 19. Havre Credit Bureau 113, 20. Beaver Creek Golf Course 109.5.

Skylights Scramble

1. Bruce Normandy, Trent Normandy, Don Normandy, Dave Herman-51 (Low Gross); 1. Jim Kato, Barry Kato, Rick Kato, Greg Baltrusch-47.3 (Low Net); 2. Buzz Pizzini, Lunar Evans, Mark Henderson, Troy Toner-47.6; 3. Dave Henry, Debbie Vandenberg, Bob Bricker, Darlene Bricker-47.7.

 

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