The Garden Gate Golf Course was pretty unforgiving to the Jamestown High School girls golf team.
The Blue Jays got in its first competitive shots of the year at the course up in Dunseith Friday afternoon. The Jays' placed ninth out of 10 competing teams with 431. Bismarck Legacy won the invite, carding a team score of 338.
Williston's Carrie Carmichael's 72 earned her first-place individual honors.
"It was a bit of a struggle coming back this time," Gustafson said. "This course here has a lot of trees and a lot of trouble you can get into. The shots that we had just weren't very forgiving. Just overall we seemed to find the trouble areas consistently."
While Gustafson could have brought six team members to Garden Gate, the head coach decided just to field her top-four golfers, all of whom have had experience at competitive meets. Sophomore Olivia Sorlie was the Jays' low-scorer, shooting a 98 while senior Bria Nieswaag ended up with a 107 after 18-holes.
Isabel LeFevre (109) and Grace LeFevre (117) rounded out the Jays' roster for the day.
"It was not the start that we were looking for, but now we have some room to grow and move on from here," Gustafson said.
The four golfers along with Gustafson will get their shot at a better performance on Monday. Jamestown is slated to host the annual East-West Invitational Monday and Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club. The golfers are slated to tee off at 1 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
"I think the comfort level will be better on Monday just because it's at our home course and you have two days so you have a little bit of wiggle room as far as making improvements on day two," Gustafson said. "When it's at your home course you know the holes, you know the sweet spots -- you have that advantage. I hope we can come back in better spirits and be excited to play at home."
Gustafson's top-four along with JHS freshman Aspen Humes will take to the course both days. Gustafson said she is planning on playing McKenna Nieswaag on Monday while Mylee Michel will get her shot on Tuesday.
"We'll see how that goes," Gustafson said of bringing in some middle schoolers to round out the roster. "They are excited and eager to get out there so I am excited to see their overall attitude out there and how they fit in on the course.
"They've become more comfortable on the course, so we are going to give them a shot and see what they have for the team."
1. Bismarck Legacy 338; 2. Bismarck Century 348; 3. Mandan 356; 4. Minot 374; 5. Williston 381; 6. Bismarck High 393; 7. Dickinson 403; 8. St. Mary's 412; 9. Jamestown 431; 10. Watford City 561.
1. Carmichael, WIL, 72; 2. Leah Herbel, BC, 77; 3. Ava Kalanek, LEG, 80; 4. Aysia Mettler, MAN, 84; 5. Madison Lein, LEG, 85; 6. Lauren Beck, LEG, 86; T6. Anna Heuttl, MAN, 86; T6. Hannah Herbel, BC, 86; 9. Katelyn Vogel, BHS, 87; T9. Brooke Hollar, LEG, 87; 11. Grace Stroh, BHS, 88.
Blue Jay results
1. Olivia Sorlie 98; 2. Bria Nieswaag 107; 3. Isabel LeFevre 109; 4. Grace LeFevre 117.