Bergh, UJ women earn wins
Meet No. 1 of the season ended quite productively for the University of Jamestown golf teams.
The Jimmie claimed the team title of the UJ Fall Kick Off at Jamestown Country Club on Wednesday. The men, meanwhile, boasted the co-medalist (Brook Bergh) and two of the top team scores in the 10-team field.
"There were definitely a lot of good things," said first-year UJ head coach Vince Drahman. "Obviously, there's a lot of things we can improve on, but the good thing is the season has started."
Bergh, playing on the UJ 'B' team turned in a banner 1-under par 71 to share top honors with Devon Schrade of Manitoba. Bergh, a sophomore from Havana, N.D., carved up the final nine with a 31 coming in.
"Brook played extremely well, especially on the back nine," Drahman said. "It was cool to see him go low."
The 'B' team of Bergh, Jacob Rice (72), Michael Pruss (73) and Benji Miller (78) teamed for a 294, just four behind winner Manitoba, and 10 better than the UJ 'A' team. Pruss's 73 included an ace. The dual-sporter, he also plays hockey, fired a hole-in-one on hole No. 8 with a 9 iron.
Austin Rene, who Drahman said is "far and away our No. 1 at the moment," shot an 84.
"Right now spots 2-10 on our team are very similar," Drahman said. "They're all capable of having a day where they shoot in the lows 70s, or having a day where they're just a little off. It just comes down to who plays the best will be in the lineup.
"We're very fortunate to have depth and competition on our team right now and that's only going to make each one of them better."
The women's tournament featured only four teams. Annie Nelson (83) led the way as the Jimmies were seven strokes better than the University of Manitoba. Paige Arment (84) and Emma Thompson (85) were separated by just one shot.
"The women's team made some strides. They're getting closer," Drahman said. "We're still having a little trouble with big numbers. If we can turn some of those 7s and 8s into 5s and 6s the scores will drop dramatically."
The UJ men are back in action this weekend at a two-day tournament in Ham Lake, Minn., beginning on Saturday. Both teams play Sept. 9-10 in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
UJ Fall Kick off
1, Manitoba 290; 3, Jamestown B 294; 3, Jamestown 302; 4, Manitoba C 307; 5, Minnesota St. Tech 308; 6, Valley City State 311; 7, Manitoba B 314; 8, MN State-Tech B 324; 9, VCSU B 333; 10, Dickinson State 336.
1T, Devon Schade, Man., 71; 1T, Brook Bergh, UJ, 71; T3, Taylor Finlayson, VCSU, 72; 3 T, Jacob Rice, UJ, 72; T3, Hunter Moen, MNST, 72; T3, Jeff Bleue, Man., 72; 7T, Stefan Lavallee, Man., 73; 7T, Jack Werhun, Man., 73; 7T, Michael Pruss, UJ, 73; 10T, Austin Rene, UJ, 74; T10, Jared Lentz, VCSU, 74; T10, Steve Young, Man., 74.
Other UJ results
T15, Zach Gomez, 76; T15, Nathan Kapaun, 76; T15, Nolan Frank, 76; T21, Benji Miller, 78; T24, Brandon Stahlhut, 79; T24, Allan Pruss, 79; T34, Keagan Lindsoe, 81; T34, Christian Madden, 81; 52, Riley Akervik, 98.
1, Jamestown 340; 2, Manitoba 347; 3, Dickinson State 361; 4, Valley City State 400.
1, Brynn Todd, Man., 78; 2, Marissa Naylor, 81; 3T, Annie Nelson, UJ, 83; 3T, Riley Helmick, DSU, 83; 5, Paige Arment, UJ, 84; 6, Emma Thompson, 85; 7, Jenna Knutson, UJ, 87; 8, Savanna Nesemeier, UJ, 88; T9, Nicole Heinitz, VCSU, 89; 9T, Alexis Piatz, UJ, 89.
Other UJ results
16, Bethany Leier, 96.