A team from Rossland, British Columbia, was the winner of this year’s annual Chewelah Invitational Golf Tournament last Friday, defeating the host Cougars by two team strokes for the first place trophy.
A total of 21 boys’ teams and 98 high school golfers from Eastern Washington and Canada competed at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club
“This was obviously a really great outing for the boys,” said Coach Brian Harting. “They had some pretty good competition, but they used their home course knowledge to their advantage.
“I’m just really proud of the way the kids are hanging in there. Practice has been pretty difficult weather wise, but there isn’t one bit of complaining. They are challenging each other to get better and are also helping each other in the areas where they see improvement needs to be made.”
Leading the second place Cougar boys were Josh Olson and Matthew Chalmers, who both shot a score of 80, which put them in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. Clint Long shot an 82 to finish eighth. Nic Grimm shot 87, Jamie Olson shot 107, Cam Bigler 124, and Mitchell Adkins 130.
Earlier in the week, the Cougar girls traveled south to compete in the Deer Park Invitational, where Amanda Pugh and Savanah McMillan tied for third place in their flight. Both shot an 18-hole score of 108. Jeannie Corbett shot a 141.
“This was a personal best for Amanda,” said Harting. “She is gaining a lot of confidence early in the season and has improved her ball striking to where she is more consistent.”
On Tuesday, the Chewelah boys and girls traveled to Colville to play their second league match against Kettle Falls and Newport. The Cougar boys defeated the Bulldogs and the Grizzlies with a team score of 459. They are currently in second place in league with a 3–1 record.
Josh Olson and Clint Long both shot 82, which tied them for second place. Nic Grimm shot 89, Matthew Chalmers 94, Jamie Olson 112, and Mitchell Adkins 123.
With only four golfers, the Cougar girls did not have a team score. However, Savanah McMillan shot her personal best score of 99 to also finish in second place in the individual standings. Pugh improved her score from Monday and shot 107, Hannah Johnson 111, and Corbett 125.
This week the Cougars go to Medical Lake on Wednesday for their third league match for this season. On Friday, the girls return home to host their Chewelah Invitational.
“So far, we have 11 girls’ teams planning on coming up and play our course,” said Harting.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In this photo: Savanah McMillan golfing in Colville for the Lady Cougars on Tuesday April 16, a league match against Kettle Falls and Colville. Dee McMillan photo