Megan Ray leads NEA favorite
One thing has been consistent during Laurie Hiteâ€™s tenure as Colville High School girlâ€™s golf coach. Whether it has been the Great Northern League or the Northeast A, the Indians have been at the top of the heap when it comes to league championships and district titles.
The defending NEA and District 7 champions will be favored again when the prep golf season is scheduled to get underway for the Indians this week.
Hiteâ€™s squad will be led by three seniors who will be playing their fourth seasons on the CHS varsityâ€”team captain and State 2A and 1A tournament veteran, Megan Ray; Haley Hubbard and Gwen Bateman.
â€śThey are our leaders,â€ť Hite said last week. â€śMegan is coming back (this spring) with a lot of confidence after how well she did last year at State (1A Tournament at the Home Course in Dupont).â€ť
Ray finished ninth individually among 1A girls.
Hite says that the sweet swinging Ray is one of the most dedicated players she has ever coached.
â€śMegan works hard at her sport,â€ť Hite says, adding that her ninth place individual finish at State was her coaching highlight.
Ray and Freemanâ€™s Alyssa Maine should battle for individual honors in the NEA this spring.
Hite said that Hubbard is working on her swing and short game. â€śI expect her scores to come down by a few strokesâ€¦she will be a true competitor this season,â€ť Hite said. â€śHer short game has already gotten so much better. I teach her a technique and she puts it into use right away.â€ť
Bateman is the third senior leader on the Indiansâ€™ squad this spring.
â€śGwen is a real asset on the team and I truly believe that her scores will be coming down this spring,â€ť Hite said, adding that â€śGwen is a joy to have around.â€ť
Juniors in the CHS line-up include co-captain Sara Berger, Emily Tveit and Gabbie Smith.
The teamâ€™s lone sophomore is Brigid Fitzpatrick. Freshmen are Becky Lane and Lindsay Green.
Hite figures that the Indians should be strong again this spring.
â€śOur team should do well again this spring,â€ť Hite said. â€śWe are really strong through five players and I am sure that the sixth spot will work itself out.
â€śI expect great things out of my seniors this yearâ€¦we have strong leadership and itâ€™s a great bunch of girls. Itâ€™s going to be fun.â€ť
Hite thanked her husband, Dominion Meadows pro Andy Hite, for his continued work with the team-- and to DM for use of the golf course.
â€śWe are very fortunate to be able to use the golf course for practice and our tournaments,â€ť she said.
Wednesday, March 28â€”At Medical Lake Invite, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 11â€”NEA match No. 1 at Lakeside (Sundance), noon
Thursday, April 12â€”MeadowWood Invite, MeadowWood Golf Course (Liberty Lake), 8 a.m.
Friday, April 13â€”NEA No. 2 at Chewelah Golf Club, 10 a.m.
Monday, April 16â€”At Deer Park Invite, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 18â€”NEA No. 3 at Newport (Stoneridge), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 21â€”At Colville Invitational, Dominion Meadows, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 27â€”At Chewelah Invite, Chewelah Golf Club, 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 3â€”NEA Sub-District, Dominion Meadows, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9â€”NEA District Tournament, Stoneridge (Blanchard, Idaho), noon
Tuesday, May 15â€”Regional Tournament, Chelan, noon
Monday, May 21â€”State Practice Round, Home Course, Dupont
Tuesday, May 22â€”State, Home Course
Wednesday, May 23â€”State, Home Course