Hackmann wins Laurel Invite

Laurel golf riding high heading into Divisionals
Story And Photo By Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Nick Pasquarello is seen punching a wedge to six feet on the 10th hole at Laurel Golf Club during the Laurel Invite on Friday. He went on to shoot 74 and tie for 5th in the tournament. The Loco boys won the tournament by nine shots over Bozeman High.

Nick Pasquarello is seen punching a wedge to six feet on the 10th hole at Laurel Golf Club during the Laurel Invite on Friday. He went on to shoot 74 and tie for 5th in the tournament. The Loco boys won the tournament by nine shots over Bozeman High.

The Loco golf teams are playing well heading into Divisionals this week and looking to keep the momentum going tomorrow when they host the Eastern A tournament at Laurel Golf Club.

The boy’s team have won every tournament this year except for the two Class AA events in Billings and Bozeman where they finished second to Bozeman High. The Lady Loco’s won six out of the ten tournaments this year, including every Class A tournament.

Head Coach Jim O’Neil is thrilled with their performance but acknowledges the boy’s team hasn’t yet achieved their season goals yet. “Our system is set up to have us peak at the end, and we are trending now. The team’s committed to six–weeks of skill development [early in the season] and we think our best golf is still ahead of us.”

O’Neil said he asked the Lady Locos before the season if they wanted to bring home a trophy or win the whole thing. “They said ‘win,’ and have since done everything I’ve asked of them, and more. They are now in a position the achieve that goal. I’m pleased and proud of them and especially the upperclassmen who are the heart and soul of the team,” he said.

Laurel Golf Club

On Friday at Laurel Golf Club, all five boy’s varsity players were in the top–5 at the Laurel Invitational and the team shot 295 to top Bozeman by nine strokes in their final regular season tournament.

Coach O’Neil said Bozeman had the lead going into the back–9 but the Loco’s pulled ahead with some clutch birdies down the stretch. “We made a move on them and I’m pleased we were able to finish it. They responded and handled it well,” he said.

Sophomore Carson Hackmann led the way for the Loco’s claiming medalist honors by three shots with a two–under– par 70. He had five birdies and an eagle matched with five bogey’s to take the individual title.

Hackmann started his day with a three–putt bogey, then caught fire, playing the next eight holes at five-under including three birdies and an eagle on the par–five fourth hole. “On three I hit it to a couple inches and on four I hit a good drive and then a seven–iron to six feet,” he said. After three pars to start the back nine, he had four bogeys and two birdies to finish the round. Speaking of bogeying 13–15, Hackmann said “I hit it good, but just got a little unlucky.” He was medalist in two of the last three events.

Kade Ewalt is coming on strong with top five finishes in his last four–of–five events and shot his second consecutive 74 to tie for fifth. Nick Pasquarello broke 80 in eight of the season’s 10 tournaments and has shot 75 or better in four consecutive rounds. He shot 74 on Friday to tie Ewalt for 3rd. Paul O’Neil, the teams leading scorer with a 74.0 scoring average and four individual titles on the year, shot 77 to finish in a tie for 7th place with Cash Golden.

The Lady Loco’s had five players break 100, shooting 389 to finish in 5th place ahead of all Class A schools. Haylee Adams led the way with a 95 while Hannah Adams, Keli Hodges, Elise Shovar and Breana Jensen all posted 98.

Eagle Rock

At the Billings Central Invitational at Eagle Rock on Sept. 13, the boy’s had four players in the top–5, shooting a team score of 296 and easily winning the tournament by 17 strokes over second place Billings West.

Pasquerello shot an even–par 72 to take second by one stroke to Jace Phodes of Billings West. O’Neil was third with a one–over 73, Ewalt fourth with a 74 and Golden in a tie for fifth with 77.

The girl’s took 4th with a 389, again finishing ahead of all the Eastern A schools. Hodges was the top Laurel fin- isher, posting an 88 to tie for 6th. Haylee took 8th with an 89. Jensen posted 96, Shovar 99 and Madi Cooney 107.

Spectators will be allowed on the course during the divisional tournament for a $10 fee. In the past the Montana High School Association hasn’t allowed spectators to follow the players. The tournament begins tomorrow with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Laurel Golf Club.

Laurel Invitational Sept. 14

Laurel Golf Club


Team Scores: Laurel 295, Bozeman High 304, Billings Senior 330, Billings Skyview 338, Billings Central, 348, Billings West 354.

Top 10: Carson Hackmann, Laurel, 70; Justin Verge, Bozeman, 73; Kade Ewalt, Laurel 74; Nick Pasquarello, Laurel, 74; Paul O’Neil, Laurel, 77; Cash Golden, Laurel, 77; Brady Cady, Senior, 77; JR Small, Bozeman, 77; Jordan Verge, Bozeman, 77; Jack Thorsen, Bozeman, 77.


Team Scores: Bozeman High 339, Billings West 371, Billings Skyview 380, Billings Senior 387, Laurel 389, Miles City 404.

Laurel individuals: Haylee Adams 95, Elise Shover 98, Hannah Adams 98, Keli Hodges 98, Breana Jensen 98, Madi Cooney 112.

Billings Central Invitational Sept. 13

Eaglerock Golf Course 


Team Scores:  Laurel 296, Billings West 313, Billings Central 327, Skyview 334, Billings Senior 334, Fergus 348, Sidney 351, Miles City 386, Havre 387, Glendive 405, Hardin 451 

Top 10:  Jace Rhodes, West, 71; Nick Pasquerell, Laurel, 72; Paul O’Neil, Laurel, 73; Kade Ewalt, Laurel 74; Ryan Adolph, Central 77; Cash Golden, Laurel, 77; Blake Loberg, West, 78; Connor Walsh, Central, 78; Adam Nedens, Skyview, 78; Brady Cady, Senior 79


Team Scores:  Billings West 337, Billings Skyview 358, Billings Senior 364, Laurel 372, Sidney 392, Miles City 392, Fergus 510

Top 10:  Carrie Carpenter, West 75; Ashtyn Swigart, Miles City 82; Cadance Fischer, West 82; Kyra Hart, Skyview 83; Gigi Montague, Senior 84; Keli Hodges, Laurel 88; Meilyn Armstrong, Skyview 88; Teagen Fee, Havre 89; Haylee Adams, Laurel 89; Payton Viker, West 90 



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