Bietz, Rockis in frontJack Bietz and Tommy Rockis were in a league of their own on Sunday. The Jamestown College golfers shot a 73 and 74, respectively, to sit atop the field in the opening round of the Jamestown College Invitational at the Jamestown Country Club.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Jack Bietz and Tommy Rockis were in a league of their own on Sunday.
The Jamestown College golfers shot a 73 and 74, respectively, to sit atop the field in the opening round of the Jamestown College Invitational at the Jamestown Country Club.
“I’m very, very happy with Tommy and Jack,” JC coach Dustin Jensen said. “They did exactly what we hope for. They put the other three guys on the team on their backs and carried them around the golf course today.”
It didn’t go nearly as smooth for the rest of the men’s team, which wasn’t able to get any of its bottom three golfers to score in the 70s. The Jimmies are in second place with a 313, one stroke behind leader Northern State (S.D.). The tournament concludes today with play starting at 9 a.m.
“As a team, we’re fighting with a couple of double bogeys,” Jensen said. “We can’t seem to find a way to minimize their mistakes. One mistake and it snowballs. We’re not making bogeys; we’re making doubles and triples.”
Kameron Hunter (82), Tyler Baukol (84) and Chris Rochon (86) rounded out the men’s scores for JC, which still holds an eight-stroke lead over Bismarck State College for second.
The JC women were led by Ashley Barnhart, who fired an 89 and sits in fifth place.
“It’s nice to have a freshman come out and just be consistent,” Jensen said. “The ladies from Minot have a very good golf squad, and she can keep up with them.”
Minot State flexed its muscles, as the Beavers currently have all five of their golfers in the top 10. They shot a blistering 343 to lead second-place JC by 46 strokes. MSU’s Rebecca Heintz holds the overall lead, carding an 80.
JC had two teams named orange and black in the meet. Nicole Stein (96) also came in under 100 and is tied for 10th.
“They didn’t play terrible; they just didn’t play well,” Jensen said.
Jensen said he expected inflated scores because of an adjustment he made. The women used the longer tees in an effort to get the Jimmies ready for their conference meet in Texas. He estimated the women added another 600 yards to their playing field.
“Up here, there are pretty short golf courses,” Jensen said. “Down there, we’re gonna see longer golf courses. It was a big change.”
at Jamestown Country Club
After first day (tourney concludes today)
1, Northern State (S.D.) 312. 2, Jamestown College 313. 3, Bismarck State College 321. 4, Valley City State 323. 5, Dickinson State 333. 6, Minnesota-Morris 339. 7, Lake Region State College 371.
Top 10 leaders
1, Jack Bietz, JC, 73. 2, Tommy Rockis, JC, 74. 3T, Collin Anderson, MM, Curry Kuehl, NS, Ryan Lenoue, VC, all with 77s. 6T, Ryan Patnoe, NS, Zach Hauser, 78, both 78s. 8T, Ben Sorenson, VC, Casey Colemer, VC, Chandler Pender, DSU, Damian Freudenthal, NS, Tyler Miller, BSC, Zorast Gustavsp, DSU, all with 79s.
Results by team
NS (312): Curry Kuehl 77, Ryan Patnoe 78, Zach Hauser 78, Damian Freudenthal 79, Dillon Freudenthal 88.
JC (313): Jack Bietz 73, Tommy Rockis 74, Kameron Hunter 82, Tyler Baukol 84, Chris Rochon 86, Mark Potter (withdrawn).
BSC (321): Tyler Miller 79, Tanner Halter 80, Andrew Nelson 81, Robert Opdahl 81, Will Skabo 100.
VC (323): Ryan Lenoue 77, Ben Sorenson 79, Casey Colemer 79, Tyler Stevens 80, Shane Ost 84, Cody COlemer 86, Matt Sorenson 90.
DSU (333): Chandler Pender 79, Zorast Gustavsp 79, Austin Harper 83, Tristen Long 85, Matt Altner 86, Brian Quintus 90, Nate Easton 96.
MM (339): Collin Anderson 77, Derek Dionne 81, John Geiger 89, Josh Littman 92, Tyler Sachariason 93.
LRSC (371): Kyle Robbins 89, Steven Swenson 89, Chris Fixen 95, Quinn Dalziel 98, Jace Greene 100, Patrick Hanson 117.
United Tribes Technical College (incomplete): Jeremy McLeod 85, Clarence Davis 91.
1, Minot State 343. 2, Jamestown College (orange) 389. 3, Valley City State 417. 4, Dickinson State 423. 5, JC (black) 434.
Top 10 leaders
1, Rebecca Heintz, MSU, 80. 2, Mackenzie Nagel, MSU, 83. 3, Ashley Hinrichs, VC, 84. 4, Danielle Look, MSU, 88. 5, Ashley Barnhart, JC, 89. 6, Jorden Brown, MSU, 92. 7T, Danielle Foster, MSU, Haley Christofferson, VC, Kayla Palczewski, MSU, Nicole Stein, JC, Theresa Ebertz, Bismarck State College, all with 96s.
Results by team
MSU (343: Heintz 80, Nagel 83, Look 88, Brown 92, Foster 96, Palczewski 96.
JC (teams not designated): Barnhart 89, Stein 96, Brianna Stein 101, Rebekah Kramer 103, Alexis Barnick 104, Chandler Germundson 106, Kaitlin Ost 109, Megan Germundson 115, Corissa Zimmer 118.
VC (417): Hinrichs 84, Christofferson 96, Alyssa Tait 108, Katie Paulson 129.
DSU (423): Caitlin Hurlock 101, Paige Kamminga 104, Stef Bohrer 108, Dani O’Donnell 110, Laura Duppong (withdrawn).
Bismarck State College (incomplete): Ebertz 96.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org