Rockis, JC men finish strongIt all came together for the Jamestown College men’s golf team on Monday. In its final round of the fall portion of the NAIA golf season, the Jimmies posted a season-best total of 294, led by medalist Tommy Rockis’ sub-par round, to win the Jamestown College Invitational.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
It all came together for the Jamestown College men’s golf team on Monday.
In its final round of the fall portion of the NAIA golf season, the Jimmies posted a season-best total of 294, led by medalist Tommy Rockis’ sub-par round, to win the Jamestown College Invitational.
The Jimmies entered Round 2 of the tournament at Jamestown Country Club one shot behind Northern State, but they went low Monday as Rockis, Jack Bietz, Kameron Hunter and Tyler Baukol teamed for a 294, shaving 19 strokes off their first-round total, to finish 19 shots ahead of Northern State.
“We have such a good team. We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for some consistency and we got it (today),” JC golf coach Dustin Jensen said. “We had five guys put it together and play really well. It was an incredible day.”
Rockis led the charge. The junior from Roseau, Minn., won his second meet of the season to run down teammate Jack Bietz.
“I was able to get up and down from everywhere, no matter where I was,” Rockis said. “It was pretty incredible. (I) maybe got a little lucky a few times, but I’ll take it.”
Bietz entered the day one stroke up on Rockis, 73-74, but Rockis blitz the 6,500 foot Country Club course with a 1-under round of 71. Bietz finished Monday with a 76.
“This is what we expect as a team, days like this,” Rockis said. “Hopefully we can carry this over into the second half of the season.”
Kameron Hunter tied for fifth overall and his round of 73 cut nine strokes off his Sunday mark and was the second-best score for the Jimmies. Tyler Baukol, a freshman, also was much better Monday. His score of 74 was 10 better than Round 1. The Jimmies didn’t even use Chris Rochon’s 79.
“It was a really good team effort. All five of our guys did what they needed to do,” Jensen said. “It was a really good way to go into the offseason.”
The Jimmie women struggled on Monday for a number of reasons.
Due to school conflicts they did not have everybody, but they also were simply off.
“I’ve been so pleased with the ladies all year for the way they’ve played based on their ability, this just wasn’t our day,” Jensen said. “We’ll focus on the positives and prepare for the second half of the season.”
Kaitlin Ost, a freshman from Edgeley, had the low round for the Jimmies with a 98 and finished 14th. Alexis Barnick tied for 11th with rounds of 104 and 101.
Minot State easily won the team title with medalist Mackenzie Nagel leading the way. Nagel won at 169, while Beavers (699) were almost 150 shots ahead of any other team.
Jamestown College Invitational
Jamestown Country Club
Men: 6,578 yards; Par 72
Women: 5,790 yards; Par 72
1, Jamestown College, 313-294—607; 2, Northern State University, 312-314—626; 3, Valley City State University, 323-312—635; 4, Bismarck State College, 321-318—639; 5, Dickinson State University, 333-327—660; 6, University of Minnesota-Morris — 339-330—669; 7, Lake Region State College, 371-370—741.
1, Tommy Rockis, Jamestown College, 74-71—145; 2, Jack Bietz, JC, 73-76—149; 3, Ryan Lenoue, Valley City State University, 77-73—150; 4, Curry Kuehl, Northern State, 77-77—154; 5T, Ben Sorenson, VCSU, 79-76—155; 5T, Kameron Hunter, JC, 82-73—155; T5, Ryan Patnoe, NSU, 78-77—155; 8T, Andrew Nelson, Bismarck State College, 81-76—157; 8T, Casey Colemer, VCSU, 79-78—157; 8T, Collin Anderson, Minnesota-Morris, 77-80—1578T.
10T, Chandler Pender, Dickinson State University, 79-79—158; 10T, Tyler Baukol, JC, 84-74—158; 10T, Zach Hauser, NSU, 78-80—158; 13, Damian Freudenthal, NSU, 79-80—159; 14, Robert Opdahl, BSC, 81-79—160; 15T, Derek Dionne, Minnesota-Morris, 81-80—161; 15T, Tyler Stevens, VCSU University, 80-81—161; 17, Matt Altner, DSU, 86-77—163; 18T, Darren Young, VCSU, 83-81—164; 18T, Tyler Miller, BSC, 79-85—164; 20, Chris Rochon, JC, 86-79—165.
1, Minot State University, 343-356—699; 2, Valley City State University, 417-423—840; 3, Dickinson State University, 423-417—840; 4, Jamestown College Black, 434-419—853; 5, Jamestown College Orange, 389-NS—NS.
1, Mackenzie Nagel, Minot State University, 83-86—169; 2, Ashley Hinrichs, VCSU, 84-88—172; 3, Rebecca Heintz, MSU, 80-93—173; 4, Danielle Look, MSU, 88-88—176; 5, Jorden Brown, MSU, 92-89—181; 6, Danielle Foster, Minot State University, 96-95—191; 6, Thressa Ebertz, BSC, 96-97—193; 7, Caitlin Hurlock, DSU, 101-94—195; 8, Kayla Palczewski, Minot State University, 96-99—195; 9, Haley Christofferson, Valley City State University, 96-102—198.
10, Stefanie Bohrer, DSU, 108-95—203; T11, Alexis Barnick, JC, 104-101—205; T11, Beth Ryan, JC, 103-102—205; T11, Brianna Stein, JC, 101-104—205; 14, Kaitlin Ost, JC, 109-98—207; 15, Ashley Barnhart, JC 89-124—213; 16, Paige Kamminga, DSU, 104-110—214; 17, Alyssa Tait, VCSU, 108-110—218; 18, Corissa Zimmer, JC, 118-106—224; 19, Danielle O’Donnell, DSU, 110-118—228; 20, Megan Germundson, JC, 115-114—229.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com