Golf teams head east for state tournament

Golf teams head east for state tournament
OFF TO STATE — The Cowgirls and Cowboys are off to the state tournament in Huntley Project and Billings. In the front are Cowgirls Kylee Schlepp and Jenny Silvernale. In the back are Cowboys, from the left, Wyeld Converse, Austin Fowler, Ramsey Offerdal, Nate Gage, Rhett Orcutt and Kyle Ellis. Not pictured is Julie Orcutt the assistant coach. Photo courtesy of Coach Kim Hofstad
   The Conrad golf teams were in Shelby on Monday for the divisional tournament. But before that, they scrambled on area courses to get some meets in.
   With less than ideal weather this spring, the CHS golf teams have had trouble getting in some playtime on the links.
   This last week, golfers finally were able to swing the sticks in tournament play.
   Wednesday the team was in Havre, still with windy, chilly conditions, to play in the Rocky Boy Invitational.
   The B-C teams followed a C-team format where by your team consists of four players with the team score being the best of three of the four players.
   The Cowboys placed first with a 271 total followed by Fort Benton at 279, Cut Bank and Choteau in with 307 scores.
   Nathan Gage paced the Cowboys when he fashioned a nice 84. Rhett Orcutt shot a 99, Kyle Ellis was in with a 97 and Austin Fowler put together a round of 90.
   The second Cowboy combined for a 317-team score. Ramsey Offerdal shot a 110, Wyeld Converse 90, Doug Peters 117, and Steve Peters a 117.
   Medalist for the boys was Louis Schneider of Fort Benton with a 79 Gage with his 84 placed second Fowler and Converse with their scores of 90 tied for fourth place.
   Both of the Conrad girls placed in top 10.
   Jenny Silvernale placed third with a round of 101 and Kylee Schlepp came in with a 114 for sixth place. Marnee LeBrel of Fort Benton was medalist at 94 with Jessica Waldner of Cut Bank getting second with a 107.
   Friday the teams played in the Cut Bank Invitational.
   Silvernale placed third with 94 and Schlepp captured eighth with a 103
   The Cowboy squad came on to get second right behind Choteau. Team scores went this way: Choteau 329, Conrad 333, Fort Benton 338, Cut Bank 343, Shelby 356, and Valier 378.
   Schneider was the low medalist player. Gage took second with a round of 77. He won a chip-off with Ethan Haug. When his shot stopped just 18 inches from the cup. Ellis placed ninth with an 84 and Orcutt with right behind with 85 for 10th place.
   Other Conrad scores had fowler with a 91, Converse 87, Offerdal 98, Joe O’Brien 92, D. Peters 94 and S. Peters 117.
   Monday the Cowboys and Cowgirls were in Shelby for the Divisional tournaments.
   The top four-teams and top 15 individuals advance to the state tournament hosted by Huntley Project.
   Playing at Shelby, the Cowboy team qualified five players for the state tournament by virtue of a fourth place finish at the divisional meet.
   The top six placers and team scores went like this; Malta 328, Fairfield 331, Fort Benton 349, Conrad 349, Cut Bank 356 and Shelby 362.
   Gage paced the boys’ team with a nice round of 82. Just one shot back at 83 was Ellis and in with an 84 was Orcutt. Converse and Fowler will be joining them for a date at Pryor Creek course in Billings.
   Meanwhile on the girls’ side, Schlepp shot a fine 86 to place third and Silvernale came home with a 102 to finish in the top 10.
   They have a date to play at Huntley Project in the state tournament this week.
   The golf team is coached by Kim Hofstad and assisted by Julie Orcutt.