HAVRE — Spring sports have started across Montana, but many teams have been limited to practicing indoors.
On the Hi-Line, which experienced a record breaking winter, most surfaces are still under about 4-5 inches of snow, so many teams are getting creative about putting in work.
The Box Elder golf team has used their football field to hit drives when possible, but otherwise they’ve made trips to Havre to use an indoor digital golf simulator at Beaver Creek Golf Course.
The Bears are just in their second year as a program and several members are still learning the basics, so any time they can get a club in their hands helps.
“You have to teach them from the ground up,” said golf coach and athletic director Neal Rosette Jr. “Some of them don’t know how to grip a club, some of them don’t know the rules to the game, so you want to get them out there knowing the rules prior to even teeing up. You can only do so much on a football field, but when your football field is under 4-5 inches of snow, there’s nothing you can do. (We’re) gracious that the Beaver Creek golf course let us use their simulators.”
The Bears will try to play their first tournament in mid-April, weather permitting.