Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Caleb Chambliss, Havre High Golf
Blue Pony Caleb Chambliss hunts for birdies one last time
Last updated 10/1/2020 at 8:53am
Fall is about as good as it gets for Havre High senior Caleb Chambliss. That's because he gets to do two sports he loves dearly, almost simultaneously.
You see, Chambliss is now a four-year letter-winner for the Blue Pony golf teams, but when he's not on the course, which is usually Monday-Friday during the fall high school golf season, he's got a bow, a shotgun or a rifle in his hands hunting on the weekends.
Yes, it's safe to say Chambliss, who is making yet another appearance at the state tournament this week, after finishing 16th at the Eastern A Divisional last Thursday in Billings, is an avid outdoorsman, whether it's on the links or in the wilds, and he says, golf and hunting really do go hand-in-hand.
"Golf and hunting have a lot in common such as being in the outdoors, both requiring a lot of patience and both require me to have a consistent shot," Chambliss said.
Hunting season is just heating up for Chambliss, who says he plans on attending Montana State University-Northern next fall. But golf season, and his high school golf career, have come down to the final 36 holes.
Chambliss, who has a career-best 79 to his credit at last year's Browning Invitational, and the Pony boys qualified for the state tournament for the first time in four years, and they'll tee it up as one of the top teams in the field today and Friday at the Butte Country Club, where HHS head coach George Ferguson expects not only the whole team to do well, but for Chambliss to shine in his final state tourney.
"It's been a real honor coaching and getting to know Caleb these last two seasons," Ferguson said. "He's a really good golfer. He's an excellent putter, got a really good short game, and like all the boys these days, he can hit it a mile. So it's been really fun to watch him grow as a golfer the last two years, and I know he and all of our kids are going to do great at state."
Before, the Ponies departed for the final meet of the 2020 season, the Havre Daily news caught up with Chambliss for five questions.
HDN: How long have you been playing golf and who got you started?
Chambliss: "I have been playing golf for six years started in middle school. Family and friends got me interested in golf."
HDN: What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Chambliss: "My favorite club in my bag is a six iron because you can use it in every situation."
HDN: What's your all-time favorite course?
Chambliss: "My all-time favorite course is Laurel golf club it has a lot of different challenges to overcome."
HDN: What are your plans after high school?
Chambliss: "My plans after high school are to attend MSU-N and attend in the diesel and welding program."
HDN: What is your goals for the state tournament in Butte?
Chambliss: "My state goals are to play consistent and keep my head in the game. I would like to be in the top 30 as well."