Rene medalist as Blue Jays take 2nd: Jamestown sophomore shoots a 73
Austin Rene’s consistent play had him comfortably in the lead with two holes remaining on Monday at the Minot Invite.
“I hit greens, hit fairways and made putts,” said Rene, who beat runners-up Jersey Kelly of Minot and Drew Lingle of Century by two strokes. “I just went out there and really didn’t think of anything. I wasn’t thinking of my score — just played my game.”
Rene’s score played a big part in Jamestown’s second-place finish. In the race for the team title, the Blue Jays nearly edged Minot, which carded a 314 to win by one stroke. Century was third with a 322.
“He was pretty steady all the way through,” Jamestown coach Dean Kraft said of Rene. “There was nothing where he really had to rescue himself from a big number.”
It’s only the second medalist for Jamestown in the past eight years. Teammate Brandon Stahlhut won a meet last season, but settled for a tie for fifth place this time around, shooting a 77.
“Looking at the teams early on, Minot, Jamestown and Century look like the three teams to beat,” Kraft said. “But it’s still so early. We have to understand that this is going to be a process. We’re a pretty veteran team. I expect us to come out and play well at the start. The question for us is, can we take that and continue to drop those scores?”
Nick Stockert (81) and Jakobi Lux (84) both had their scores used, while Brady Hoggarth (95) and Ty Spitzer (97) rounded out Jamestown’s lineup. Kraft said the latter two will be replaced by Cole Bennion and Ben Harris for the East-West Classic on Friday and Saturday, in an attempt to nail down the best six.
“One thing I’ve learned about this group is they practice well together,” Kraft said. “I can’t take very much credit for how good Austin and Brandon are. I’m not a swing guru or anything — I just try to motivate them and get them to focus and perform.”
at Souris Valley Golf Course
Team results: 1. Minot 314; 2. Jamestown 315; 3. Century 322; 4. Bismarck 337; 5. St. Mary’s 338; 6. Mandan 348; 7. Dickinson 352; 8. Turtle Mountain 367; 9. Williston 369.
Individual top 10: 1. Austin Rene, J, 73; T2. Jersey Kelly, Min, 75; T2. Drew Lingle, C, 75; 4. Seth Gillis, TM, 76; T5. Jayden Gimbel, B, 77; T5. Brandon Stahlhut, J, 77; 7. Cody Reynolds, Min, 78; T8. Keaton Leininger, C, 79; T8. Taran Albright, Min, 79; T8. Jordan Smith, SM, 79.
Results by team
Minot (314): Ty Jones 82, Ian Geller 84, Ryan Keller 90.
Jamestown (315): Nick Stockert 81, Jakobi Lux 84, Brady Hoggarth 95, Ty Spitzer 97.
Century (322): Austin Schauer 83, Kendrick Heck 85, Spencer Marchus 90, Jordan Christianson 98.
Bismarck (337): Connor Hellman 83, Cody Evanson 88, Ryan Clancy 89, Hunter Morris 90, Jordan Ruff 101.
St. Mary’s (338): Grant Dvorak 81, Carter Klein 86, Grant Dockter 92, Victor Fleck 92, Thomas Krieger 96.
Mandan (348): Colton Murphy 82, Erik Porter 85, Tucker Bruington 88, Chandler Bundeson 93, Zach Weise 97, Lukas Masseth 102.
Dickinson (352): Tony Kostelecky 85, Alex Priebe 85, Carter Donnan 88, Davis Donnan 94, Matt Schaefer 94, Alex Turcotte 96.
Turtle Mountain (367): Jackson Davis 84, Brandon LaFountain 97, Shawn Azure 110, Seth Azure 110, Kyle Charette 118.
Williston (369): Jacob Kuernum 88, Travis Kuhn 90, Trevor Powell 92, Tyler Odegard 99, Cole Weltikol 103, Austin Anderson 108.
Legacy (NS): Cole Svihovee 94, Darren Wilke 103, Brian Swanberg 114.
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