Jimmies runners-up; Both Jamestown teams finish second at home meet
To get to the national tournament, the Jimmie men’s golf team will have to beat good teams.
The Jimmies tied for second at the Klosterman Spring Classic at the Jamestown Country Club, finishing behind 25th-ranked Rocky Mountain College (602) of the NAIA, and tying with Concordia College, a likely NCAA Division II tournament team. The Jimmies and Cobbers each finished with 618s.
“We were fine. It’s the first tournament, so you can’t get upset with anybody,” UJ head coach Dustin Jensen said. “We were just a hair off. … You take two shots off apiece and we’re right there with a top 25 team.”
Sophomore Michael Strain led the way, especially considering he’s only a few weeks from having his appendix removed. His second-round 73 was the best number any Jimmie posted in the two-day tournament.
“He played well today. Michael’s a good player. We know what he’s capable of,” Jensen said.
Chris Rochon followed a 77 Monday with a 3-over par 75 Tuesday to earn the fifth and final spot in the lineup for next week’s conference meet set for Monday and Tuesday in Omaha, Neb.
Strain (151) ended up third overall behind medalist Daniel Thompsett of Rocky Mountain College (144) and Concordia’s Coy Papachek (146). Rochon was fifth at 152.
Tyler Baukol tied for seventh with two 77s. Trent Hagenson shaved three strokes off his 79 from Monday, while Kameron Hunter backed up seven strokes, going from 76 to 83. Fellow senior Tommy Rockis also couldn’t get it going with consecutive 79s.
“I was really happy with the competition we had to play against. It was a good meet when you look at Rocky Mountain a top 25 team. Concordia will probably qualify for the national tournament in NCAA Division II and Fergus Falls has won three or four national championships the last five years,” Jensen said. “It was solid small-school competition.”
Ashley Barnhart trimmed three strokes off her first-round score to lead the Jimmie women.
Barnhart’s 87 and 84 put her seventh overall behind six Rocky Mountain players. The Battlin Bears are ranked 11th in the NAIA.
“Ashley did what she was supposed to do. She had one bad hole, but she played really solid. It was a good start for her,” Jensen said.
One big number cost Emily Larson, who posted her second straight 92.
“Emily played really well, she just had a 9 on a hole on the back nine and that inflated her score, otherwise she’s right there around 86, 87. 88, somewhere in that range, “Jensen said.
Rocky Mountain’s Katy Peterson earned medalist honors, shooting 76 after a 77 Monday.
Klosterman Spring Classic
At Jamestown Country Club
Par 72, 6,275 yards
1, Rocky Mountain College, Mont. 304-298—602; 2T, University of Jamestown 310-308—618; 2T, Concordia College, Minn. 312-306—618; 4, Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Fergus Falls 322-313—635; 5, Valley City State 331-320—651; 6, Dickinson State 348-350—698.
(Top 15 and UJ results)
1, Daniel Thompsett, RMC, 74-70—144; 2, Coy Papachek, CC, 73-73—146; 3T, Michael Strain, UJ, 78-73—151; 3T, Cooper Simpson, RMC, 76-75—151; 5, Chris Rochon, UJ, 77-75—152; 6, Brandon Sletmoen, MSFF, 75-78—153; 7T, Tyler Baukol, UJ, 77-77—154; 7T, Jordy Donoven, RMC, 77-77—154; T9, Taylor Noble, RMC, 77-78—155; T9, Trent Hagenson, UJ, 79-76—155; T9, Trevor Swangler, CC, 80-75—155; T12, Cade Montplaisir, CC, 80-76—156; 12T, Austin Harper, DSU, 75-81—156; 12T, Robert Shipp, RMC, 80-76—156; T15, Jared Cowden, MSFF, 82-75—157; T15, Alex Koopminers, CC, 78-79—157.
Other UJ results
T18, Tommy Rockis, 79-79—158; 20, Kameron Hunter 76-83—159; 25, Mitch Hagenson, 83-79—162.
1, Rocky Mountain College 317-317—630; 2, UJ 377-373—750.
(Top 10 and UJ results)
1, Katy Peterson, RMC, 77-76—153; 2, McKenzie Webinger, RMC, 78-78—156; 3, Kyla Clancy, RMC, 78-79—157; 4T, Margo Salsbery, RMC, 89-80—169; 4T, Chere Anderson, RMC, 84-85—169; 6, Allie Sauvageau, RMC, 87-83—170; 7, Ashley Barnhart, UJ, 87-84—171; 8, Mary Hlebechuk, DSU, 88-93—181; 9, Emily Larson, UJ, 92-92—184; 10, Payton Koenig, UJ, 93-100—193.
Other UJ results
11, Rebekah Kramer, 99-98—197; 13, Kiley Fuller, 105-97—202; 14, Alyssa Hartert, 109-102—211; 16, Mackenzie Schwartz, 118-111—229; 17, Brianna Stein, 99-WD.
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