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Jakobi Lux tied for fifth at the Bismarck Century Invite on Friday at Hawktree Golf Course. The Blue Jays finished second as a team.Dean Kraft For The Sun

The Blue Jay golf team hasn’t won a meet yet this season, but no team has been more consistent.

As a result, barring a total collapse on Monday at Riverwood in Bismarck, Jamestown High School will win the West Region regular-season title based on scoring average.

Friday’s meet at Hawktree, one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, the Blue Jays turned in a steady 320, good for second as Brandon Stahlhut and Jakobi Lux tied for fifth overall.

“We actually got off to a poor start collectively, but the guys battled back from some adversity and held their rounds together,” JHS golf coach Dean Kraft said. “For us, or anybody really, Hawktree is a difficult golf course. It’s a challenging course, so unless you play it a lot, it’s going to be tough, but the guys were able to hang in there and put a solid day together.”

Lux and Stahlhut led the way, each posting 78s, which were just two off the pace of medalist Colton Murphy of Mandan.

“Jakobi (Lux) was pretty steady. He did a pretty nice job,” Kraft said. “Brandon (Stahlhut) was even through eight (holes). It wasn’t pretty the next four, but he really hung in there and got it together down the stretch to keep the 78 intact.”

Nick Stockert’s 83 put him third, while Austin Rene struggled early with a 44, but corralled it and came in with a 39.

The Blue Jays’ 320 put them six back of Bismarck Century’s 314 and the JHS lineup all had the same troubles.

“We struggled on the greens today. There were a lot of three-putts and that certainly doesn’t help things,” Kraft said. “But overall, the guys hung in there and taking second at the end of the day definitely isn’t too bad.”

The Blue Jays hold a comfortable 9-shot scoring average over Minot heading into the final regular-season meet Monday at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck. The West Region (May 27) and state (June 3-4) meets will be home games for the Blue Jays at Jamestown Country Club.

St. Mary’s Invitational

At Hawktree Golf Club

Team Scores

1. Century 314. 2. Jamestown 320. 3. Minot 323. 4. St. Mary’s 330. 5. Bismarck 331. 6. Mandan 332. 7. Dickinson 343. 8. Williston 366. 9. Turtle Mountain 382. Legacy, incomplete team.

Individual Results

Top Five

1. Colton Murphy, Man, 38-38—76. 2. (tie) Drew Lingle, Cen, 36-41—77; Jayden Gimble, Bis, 37-40 — 77, and Austin Schauer, Cen, 37-40—77. 5. (tie) Jordan Smith, SM, 39-39—78; Brandon Stahlhut, Jam, 39-39—78; Jakobi Lux, Jam, 40-38—78; Tucker Bruington, Man, 39-39—78, and Connor Hellman, Bis, 38-40—78.

Team results

Century (314): Drew Lingle 77. Austin Schauer 77. Jordan Christianson 79. Keaton Leininger 81. Spencer Marchus 89. Kendric Heck 90.

Jamestown (320): Brandon Stahlhut 78. Jakobi Lux 78. Nick Stockert 81. Austin Rene 83. Ty Spitzer 96. Brady Hoggarth 97.

Minot (323): Jersey Kelly 80. Cody Reynolds 80. Taran Albright 80. Cole Nelson 83. Ryan Keller 84. Ty Jones 86.

St. Mary’s (330): Jordan Smith 78. Grant Dvorak 82. Cole Herbel 83. Grant Dockter 87. Victor Fleck 88. Carter Klein 88.

Bismarck (331): Jayden Gimble 77. Connor Hellman 78. Eric Pladsen 84. Cody Evanson 92. Ryan Clancy 93. Hunter Morris 93.

Mandan (332): Colton Murphy 76. Tucker Bruington 78. Chandler Bondeson 88. Tate Russell 90. Erik Porter 102. Keaton Sedivec 105.

Dickinson (343): Alex Priebe 80. Carter Donnan 82. Tony Kostelecky 90. Davis Donnan 91. Alex Turcotte 91. Matt Schaefer 95.

Williston (366): Trevor Odegard 89. Trevor Powell 91. Ryan Hellen 93. Cole Weltikol 93. Jacob Kvernum 94. Ian Weigel 104.

Turtle Mountain (382): Jackson Davis 84. Seth Gillis 87. Tristin Zaste 105. Shawn Azure 105. Brandon LaFountain 109. Russ Parisien 111.

Legacy (incomplete): Darren Wilke 91. Cole Svihovec 97. Brian Swanberg 100.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                 952-8460 or by e-mail at

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