Jensen lands haul of local talent
With a roster in flux, and a strong group of local talent in play, things lined up nicely for University of Jamestown head golf coach Dustin Jensen.
Due to attrition, Jensen’s team was down to just three players when school ended in the spring. But a busy recruiting season netted nine signees, including a trio of familiar faces.
Brandon Stahlhut and Jakobi Lux of Jamestown, along with Pingree-Buchanan’s Nick Blaskowski, are part of a nine-player class that provides depth and competition for the men’s program, which has ticked up significantly under Jensen’s guidance in recent seasons.
All three have been key cogs in the Blue Jay golf program, which is coming off a successful season.
“It’s important for us to add local kids to our program, but what’s exciting about these three guys is that they can play. There’s definitely some upside potential,” Jensen said. “Dean (Kraft) has done a really good job building the (JHS) program. These kids have played in a lot of big meets and had success. For us, this is big and we’re anxious to get started.”
All three are multi-sport performers. Stahlhut and Lux were staples in the Blue Jay hockey lineup in recent years, while Blaskowski was known to fill it up on the basketball court for Medina-Pingree-Buchanan. He’s getting scholarship money to play both basketball and golf at UJ.
Golf-wise, Stahlhut led the Blue Jays in scoring average three times, earning all-West Region honors as a senior. He’s the son of Rollie and Carol Stahlhut.
Lux, the son of Rodney and Tish Lux, played six years of high school golf for the Blue Jays.
Blaskowski played in the state meet three times and is a three-time winner on the Minnesota Junior Tour. He’s the son of Randy and Lisa Blaskowski.
“We want kids that are dedicated to the game. Kids who are willing to work hard, practice, be range rats and that’s what we’re getting with these guys,” Jensen said.
Jensen’s nine recruits boost the roster size to 12 players. The only returnees are all-conference performer Michael Strain and twin brothers Mitch and Trent Haagenson.
“We’ve set a culture and have had to do some weeding out along the way. We’re not going to be messing around with kids that don’t want to work hard,” Jensen said. “We have a way of doing things and the guys that we have coming in understand that and want to be part of a good team and that’s what we’re all working toward.”
The Jimmies open fall camp on Aug. 18. Their first meet will be held Aug. 27 at the Jamestown Country Club.
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