Golf. Win. Repeat.

Lady Locos win consecutive Divisional Titles
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Outlook photo by Chris McConnell                        Haylee Adams hits an approach to the 4th green during the Laurel Invitational on Sept. 20. Last Thursday Adams led the Lady Locos to their second Divisional Championship in a row and took 2nd individually at Sidney Country Club. The State Class A Championship tees off today and tomorrow at Laurel Golf Club.

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell
          
            Haylee Adams hits an approach to the 4th green during the Laurel Invitational on Sept. 20. Last Thursday Adams led the Lady Locos to their second Divisional Championship in a row and took 2nd individually at Sidney Country Club. The State Class A Championship tees off today and tomorrow at Laurel Golf Club.

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell                        Loco Junior Nick Pasquarello during the Laurel Invitational on Sept. 20. Pasquarello won the Eastern A Divisional Tournament last Thursday in Sidney with a 73, and the boys took second as a team.

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell
          
            Loco Junior Nick Pasquarello during the Laurel Invitational on Sept. 20. Pasquarello won the Eastern A Divisional Tournament last Thursday in Sidney with a 73, and the boys took second as a team.

Laurel Boys look to rebound at State, Pasquarello medalist for boys

The Lady Locos golf team continued their post season winning streak last Thursday in Sidney after they successfully defended their 2018 Divisional title at Sidney Country Club. They dominated the Eastern A field as they have been doing all year, finishing 47 shots ahead of 2nd place Miles City.

Haylee Adams shot 79 to tie for 1st place, then ultimately fell on the second playoff hole to finish 2nd individually.

She said the weather was a factor during the round and got worse in the playoff, but she didn’t make any excuses. “Nothing really went wrong, it just sorta happened.” The highlight of her round was making two deuces, one on nine and one on 11. “That was fun,” she said.

Hannah Adams took 3rd after an 84, Keli Hodges finished 6th with a 97, Madi​​​​​​​ Cooney 10th with a 100 and Breana Jensen rounded out the team with a 103 and a 12th place finish.

Coach Jim O’Neil is pleased with the girls’ win but said what he likes most about the team is that winning isn’t enough for them. “Their expectations have risen and they are disappointed in poor rounds, even if they win. As a coach this is what I want to see; it’s not just about winning, it’s about playing to their potential.”

The boy’s team tied with Billings Central at 319 after regulation, a team they had been beating throughout the season by 20+ strokes in every stroke play tournament. They went to a team playoff and Laurel fell on the second hole to finish runners-up.

Coach O’Neil shrugged off the Laurel boys’ highest team score of the year, saying, “Golf is fickle and we believe in the process. We’ve moved on.”

Nick Pasquarello wrapped up medalist honors after posting a one–over–par 73 in the cool weather. He got off to a hot start after birdieing two of his first three holes and made the turn at –2. After getting to three–under through 14 he said the weather turned. “The wind came up and I struggled a bit coming home. I played the last stretch +4 to finish,” he said. But it was good enough for the individual title, an improvement over his 2nd place finish last year at Divisionals​​​​​​​ in Laurel. “I putted better [in Sidney] and holed a few I hadn’t been making this year,” he said.

Kade Ewalt posted an 80 to grab a top–5 finish, Carson Hackman shot 81 to finish 6th, Eli Weisenberger had an 85 for 13th place and Jace McNeil shot 89 to finish 22nd.

Referencing the playoff loss to Central, Pasquarello said, “We can each take something positive from that. There are some things we can’t control, but it is a good lesson for us as a team heading into the State tournament.”

O’Neil said the teams are focusing on themselves heading into State today. “They will take care of business and we all can accept the results.”

Both teams tee off at 10 a.m. this at Laurel Golf Club for the 2019 Class A State Championship. The tournament concludes with the final round tomorrow.

Spectators are encouraged and required to purchase a $10 pass each day.

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