Loco golf seeks to defend Divisional titles in Sidney

Pasquarello, Hackman medalists at final regular season tourneys
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Outlook photos by Chris McConnell
          
            Senior Keli Hodges hits an approach to the par 5 fourth hole at Laurel Golf Club on Friday. On Thursday at the Billings Central Invite at Eagle Rock Golf Course, Hodges matched her career low round of 81 to claim a top–5 finish and the team beat all the Billings AA schools to win the tournament.

Outlook photos by Chris McConnell                        Laurel Junior Carson Hackmann gets airborne on the 10th tee during the Laurel Invitational last Friday. Hackmann fired an even–par 72 to claim medalist honors. The Laurel boys finished 2nd as a team behind the Bozeman Hawks.

Outlook photos by Chris McConnell
          
            Laurel Junior Carson Hackmann gets airborne on the 10th tee during the Laurel Invitational last Friday. Hackmann fired an even–par 72 to claim medalist honors. The Laurel boys finished 2nd as a team behind the Bozeman Hawks.

The Loco golf teams are at the Eastern A Divisional tournament in Sidney today and tomorrow and looking to defend their titles from last year.

Both teams are coming off successful regular season play, with the girls winning six of their nine tournaments and the boys five–of–nine. The girls were never beaten by a Class A school this year and the boys only fell to Billings Central in a match play event to start the year.

Last Thursday at the Billings Central Invite at Eagle Rock Golf Course, which included all the Billings AA schools, the Lady Locos shot their best team score

(324) in at least three years and beat every girls team including AA powerhouse Billings West (and every boys team, save Laurel). Hannah and Haylee Adams tied for 2nd individually with a pair of 78s, which was Hannah’s lowest of her high school career by two shots. Keli Hodges matched her career low with an 81 to grab the 5th place medal and Madi Cooney took 11th with an 87. Breana Jensen rounded out the team with a 91 to take 15th.

On Friday at the Laurel Invitational, the girls struggled in the cool weather and posted their highest team score of the year with 367. Hannah led the team with an 84, Haylee posted 90, Hodges 94, Cooney 99 and Jenson 102. They finished 4th in the event behind three AA schools.

The Loco boys won the Billings event with a 309, beating Senior by 17 and West by 18 shots. Junior Nick Pasquarello was a medalist in his second event of the year after posting a one–under 71 to win by five shots. Carson Hackmann took 4th after a 77, Kade Ewalt placed 6th with a 79 and Jace McNeil had 82. Freshman Eli Weisenberger rounded out the team with an 83.

On Friday in Laurel, the Locos took second behind Bozeman High, posting 307 to the Hawks’ 304. Hackmann pick up his first individual title of the year after shooting an even–par 72. Ewalt​​​​​​​ continued his solid play, posting a 74 to take 3rd. Pasquarello had 75 to take fifth.

Weisenberger shot 86 and Jace McNeil had 87.

The Locos headed to Sidney Country Club on Tuesday to prepare for the divisional tournament, the site of the boys’ 2017 State Championship. Coach Jim O’Neil said they are sticking to the routine that also helped both teams win the Sidney Invite earlier this month. “We are staying in the same hotel and eating at the same restaurants, as well as teeing off at the same time in our practice rounds as we are for the tournament,” he said.

The Divisional tournament is the penultimate step in both teams’ march to another State Championship. The boys have won State the past two years and the girls won last year, their first title since 1971.

Coach O’Neil has high praise for both teams saying the girls are ahead of where they were last year. “They are a year wiser and have much more experience. They don’t want to just win; they want to improve.”

Regarding the boys, he said, “Carson is in a better place now than all year, Nick is super optimistic about his game and Kade is steady–Eddie; he’s playing

good golf because he is a good golfer.” He added, “The younger guys [McNeil and Weisenberger] are following the same track.”

Both teams tee off this morning at 10 a.m. and will likely face some challenging weather over the next two days. As of yesterday morning, the forecast at Sidney Country Club calls for wind and a 60% chance of rain both days with a high of 58 today and 53 tomorrow.

The Class A State Championship will be held at Laurel Golf Club next Thurs- day and Friday, Oct. 3–4.

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