Laurel golf off to strong start

By: 
CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer

While most fall sports kicked off last weekend, the Laurel boy’s and girl’s golf teams are already well into their respective seasons, competing in tournaments in Havre, Billings and Miles City.
Head coach Jim O’Neil said “we got off to a great start to the season in Havre. The boys won the team title and both of the girls shot personal best rounds.”
The boys won the August 17 tournament on the strength of second, third and fifth place individual performances by Paul O’Neil, 72; Carson Hackmann, 75; and Ryan Kallem, 80. They finished at 311, one stroke ahead of conference rival Billings Central.
Cash Golden shot 84 and Isaiah Broyles shot 85.
Elise Shover topped the girls team with a 98, good for a fifth place finish. Kelo Hodges added a 103.
Liam Clancy of Billings Central was the medalist with a round of 69.
On August 21-22, the Laurel boys took fifth as a team in the two-day Billings Invitational at Peter Yegen and Lake Hills.
Paul O’Neil shot 69-78 to finish tied for seventh in a tournament that saw Billings West senior Joey Moore break numerous records with rounds of 61-66, winning by 16 shots.
Hackmann had rounds of 72-78, Golden 75-81, Kallem 79-84 and Jaren McNeil 89-96
Laurel shot 295-321 to finish fifth behind four Class A schools and ahead of conference rival Billings Central who shot 311-325 to finish 20 shots behind Laurel for the tournament.
“Laurel’s first day total of 295 is the lowest one day total for a Laurel golf team in years, Coach O’Neil said.”
On the girls side, Elise Shovar shot 93-107 and Keli Hodges 102-99.
“The girls are continuing to improve,” O’Neil said, “Elise’s first day total of 93 is her career low, as is Keli’s second round 99.”
At the third event of the year last Friday in Miles City, Laurel took second as a team with a 327. O’Neil took third with a 77 and Hackmann fourth with a 78. Billings Central took first with a 320 behind the strength of Clancy and Nick Pasquarello’s one-two finish, each shooting a 74.
Other Laurel finishers included Broyles with 85, Golden 87 and Kallem with 90.
McNeil had an 83 on the JV squad.
Through the first three tournaments O’Neil leads the team with a 74.0 scoring average after rounds of 72, 69-78, and 77. Hackmann is second at 75.8 with tournament scores of 75, 72-78, 78.
Next up for the Locomotive golfers is the Hardin Invitational tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

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