Colville girls’ golf will be strong again

Megan Ray leads NEA favoriteOne thing has been consistent during Laurie Hite’s tenure as Colville High School girl’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.Hite’s squad will be led by three seniors who will be playing their fourth seasons on the CHS varsity—team captain and State 2A and 1A tournament veteran, Megan Ray; Haley Hubbard and Gwen Bateman.“They are our leaders,” Hite said last week. “Megan 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).”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.“Megan works hard at her sport,” Hite says, adding that her ninth place individual finish at State was her coaching highlight.Ray and Freeman’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. “I expect her scores to come down by a few strokes…she will be a true competitor this season,” Hite said. “Her short game has already gotten so much better. I teach her a technique and she puts it into use right away.”Bateman is the third senior leader on the Indians’ squad this spring.“Gwen is a real asset on the team and I truly believe that her scores will be coming down this spring,” Hite said, adding that “Gwen is a joy to have around.”Juniors in the CHS line-up include co-captain Sara Berger, Emily Tveit and Gabbie Smith. The team’s lone sophomore is Brigid Fitzpatrick. Freshmen are Becky Lane and Lindsay Green. OUTLOOKHite figures that the Indians should be strong again this spring.“Our team should do well again this spring,” Hite said. “We are really strong through five players and I am sure that the sixth spot will work itself out. “I expect great things out of my seniors this year…we have strong leadership and it’s a great bunch of girls. It’s going to be fun.”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.“We are very fortunate to be able to use the golf course for practice and our tournaments,” she said. SCHEDULEWednesday, March 28—At Medical Lake Invite, 10 a.m.Wednesday, April 11—NEA match No. 1 at Lakeside (Sundance), noonThursday, April 12—MeadowWood Invite, MeadowWood Golf Course (Liberty Lake), 8 a.m.Friday, April 13—NEA No. 2 at Chewelah Golf Club, 10 a.m.Monday, April 16—At Deer Park Invite, 10 a.m.Wednesday, April 18—NEA No. 3 at Newport (Stoneridge), 1 p.m.Saturday, April 21—At Colville Invitational, Dominion Meadows, 10 a.m.Friday, April 27—At Chewelah Invite, Chewelah Golf Club, 10 a.m.Thursday, May 3—NEA Sub-District, Dominion Meadows, 1 p.m.Wednesday, May 9—NEA District Tournament, Stoneridge (Blanchard, Idaho), noonTuesday, May 15—Regional Tournament, Chelan, noonMonday, May 21—State Practice Round, Home Course, DupontTuesday, May 22—State, Home CourseWednesday, May 23—State, Home Course