Jimmies beat field, weatherThe cold, wet and windy conditions didn’t do much to derail the Jimmie men’s golf team the last two days, especially Tommy Rockis. The junior from Roseau, Minn., fired an even-par round of 72 on Sunday and then backed that up with a 73 on Monday to blow away the field at Valley City State Invitational played at Maple River Golf Club.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
The cold, wet and windy conditions didn’t do much to derail the Jimmie men’s golf team the last two days, especially Tommy Rockis.
The junior from Roseau, Minn., fired an even-par round of 72 on Sunday and then backed that up with a 73 on Monday to blow away the field at Valley City State Invitational played at Maple River Golf Club.
“Tommy battled his tail off,” JC golf coach Dustin Jensen said. “To play like he did in horrendous conditions was awfully impressive.”
The Jimmies had four of the top five finishers in the 5-team meet. Their score of 617 was a whopping 36 strokes better than runner up Valley City State. Still, Jensen said they were far from satisfied.
“Even par for us is 300, so anything over that the guys feel like they could have played better,” Jensen said. “Certainly, we’re happy to win a tournament, particularly with as tough as the conditions were. There’s no disappointment on my end with how the guys played and competed, we just have really high expectations for them and that’s a good thing.”
Jack Bietz and Kameron Hunter tied for second along with Bismarck State College’s Tyler Miller. All three had 157s. Bietz had steady rounds of 78 and 79, while Hunter posted a 77 Monday. Freshman Tyler Baukol was just one shot short of tying for second as well. Baukol had a 78 on Monday.
Jensen said each player is a couple of bad holes from putting it together.
“We’re battling a case of the double bogeys,” Jensen said. “Each guy seems to be having a couple doubles and it’s tough to battle back from that.
“That’s the difference between a high-end team and a mediocre team,” Jensen said. “I feel like if we can eliminate those doubles, this team can do a lot of neat things.”
The Jimmie women also effectively endured the rough weather, earning their first tournament win of the season.
Their 365 on Sunday effectively won it. They struggled Monday (408), but still finished 17 shots better than Dickinson State.
“The women had a banner day Monday. It was more of a struggle (Monday) and a mental test with the conditions, but at the end of the day they won a tournament and that’s exciting,” Jensen said.
Briana Stein led the way, finishing in a tie for second at 181, nine strokes behind medalist Ashley Hinrichs, 172-181. Stein, a junior from Hankinson, shot an 88 on Sunday.
“Briana is so consistent. No matter the conditions she’s going to go out there and be around 90 give or take,” Jensen said.
Ashley Barnhart finished fifth at 184, just one out of fourth. Beth Ryan (198) and Chandler Germundson (200) were ninth and 10th, respectively.
The Jimmies close out the first half of the season with a busy week. They play in a tournament in Morris, Minn., on Thursday before hosting the 2-day Jamestown College Invite Sunday and Monday at the Country Club.
Valley City Invitational
At Maple River Golf Club
1, Jamestown College 308-309—617; 2, Valley City State 321-332—653; 3, Dickinson State 335-328—663; 4, Bismarck State College 358-317—675; 5, Lake Region 365-359—724.
1, Tommy Rockis 72-73—145; 2T, Jack Bietz, JC, 78-79 —157; 2T, Kameron Hunter, JC, 80-77—157; 2T, Tyler Miller, Bismarck State College, 82-75—157; 5T, Tyler Baukol. JC, 78-80—158; 5T, Darren Young, VCSU, 77-81—158; 5T, Chandler Pender, DSU, 78-84—162; T7, Ben Sorenson, VCSU, 82-80—162; 7T, Will Skabo, BSC, 89-73—162; T10, Tristen Long, DSU, 84-81—165; 10T, Brian Quintus, DSU, 85-80—165.
Other JC results
14, Chris Rochon, 83-86—169.
1, 1, Jamestown College 365-408—773; 2, Dickinson State 398-392—790; 3, Valley City State 402-415—817.
1, Ashley Hinrichs, VCSU, 84-88—172; 2T, Brianna Stein, JC, 88-93—181; 2T, Caitlin Hurlock, DSU, 92-89—181; 4, Haley Christofferson, VCSU, 92-91—183; 5, Ashley Barnhart, JC, 85-99—184; 6, Theresa Ebertz, BSC, 93-95—188; 7, Laura Duppong, DSU, 99-95—194; 8, Steph Bohrer, DSU, 99-97—196; 9, Beth Ryan, JC, 93-105—198; 10, Chandler Germundson, JC, 98-102—200.
Other JC results
11, Kaitlin Ost, 109-98—207; 12, Rebekah Kramer, 99-111—210; 14, Corissa Zimmer, 113-117—220; 17, Alexis Barnick, 106-DNP; 19, Megan Germundson 107-DNP.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com