The Jamestown High School boys golf team finally found a team-friendly course on Saturday, May 11.
The Blue Jays had their best showing of the year at Garden Gates Golf Course in Dunseith, as they shot a team-low 330 and finished a team-best fourth at the Turtle Mountain Invitational. Garden Gates will hold the West Region tournament on May 28, where the top six teams head to Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton for state.
"We have played well there in the recent past," said Jamestown coach John Samuelson. "Today it seemed like the boys wanted to chime in on some of the talk about the frustrations other teams had with the course. Yet the course fits their games perfectly.
"This course is shorter and far from similar to the other courses we play. There was a lot of blind shots that caused us to trust our swings and today we did that."
Every single score Jamestown took on the day was an 87 or below. Eighth-grader Andrew Walz led the Blue Jays with an 80, followed by freshman Hunter Mitchell (81), sophomore Jed Truax (82) and junior Riley Ova (87). Bryan Mitchell and Darynt Carroll both shot a 90 on the afternoon.
"It was our second tournament day that we have taken all four scores in the 80s," Samuelson said. "Those core players are posting scores that give us a chance. I'm extremely happy with our play, as no player had seen this course, as it used to be paired with our trip to Williston over two days."
The Blue Jays will look to ride their momentum on Monday as they head to Vardon Golf Club in Minot.
"This is just what we needed as WDA will be there on the 28th," Samuelson said of Garden Gates. "We're really looking forward to playing this course again with much better results."
High school boys golf
Turtle Mountain Invite
Garden Gates Golf Course, Dunseith
1. Minot, 316;2. Century, 318; 3. Mandan, 325; 4. Jamestown 330; 5. Bismarck High 332; 6. Williston 336; 7. Legacy 347; 8. St. Mary's 349; 9. Dickinson 351; 10. Watford City, 363.
1. C. Heller, WIL, 69;2. T. Halter, BHS, 70; 3. G. Argent, MIN, 74; 4. Z. Johnson CEN, 75' 5. C. Herbel, LEG, 76; T6. A. Flam, CEN, 78; T6. O. Langhans, MIN, 78; T6. T. Hohbein, MAN, 78; T9. A. Walz, JAM, 80; T9. J. Demke, MIN, 80.
Blue Jay results
Jamestown (330): Andrew Walz 80, Hunter Mitchell 81, Jed Truax 82; Riley Ova 87; Darynt Carroll 90; Bryan Mitchell 90.