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Nelson, UJ teams sweep Bully Pulpit

Annie Nelson's strong spring continued on Monday. The University of Jamestown junior golfer notched her second win in the last three meets with a come-from-behind victory at Bully Pulpit near Medora, N.D. Down three shots heading into round 2, Ne...

Annie Nelson's strong spring continued on Monday.

The University of Jamestown junior golfer notched her second win in the last three meets with a come-from-behind victory at Bully Pulpit near Medora, N.D.

Down three shots heading into round 2, Nelson's 78 rallied the Bismarck native to a one-stroke win over Gina Kowolchuk of Great Falls, Montana. Nelson cut seven strokes off her Sunday score to edge Kowolchuk by one, 163 to 164.

"I just tried to go out and play golf like I know how to play and have fun," said Nelson, who finished second last week at a large tournament in Kansas. "It was neck and neck over the back 9. (Kowolchuk) and I both made a few mistakes here and there. It was really even the whole way."

Nelson carded birdies on holes 6, 8, and 11, helping the Jimmie women to the team title. Savanna Nesemeier (82-82--164) and Alexis Piatz (90-86--176) placed third and fourth, respectively. The Jimmies outpaced Great Falls by 34 strokes on the scenic, yet challenging track.

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"It's definitely up there among the toughest courses we play," Nelson said. "There were some tricky pin locations that if you weren't paying attention to the break you can get in trouble.

"It's a really fun course to play ... with it being in the Badlands that adds to it."

The UJ men had three teams competing and placed 1-4-5.

The No. 1 squad of Austin Rene (79-78--157), Nathan Kapaun (81-76--157), Nolan Frank (83-76--159), Jacob Rice (85-74--159) and Michael Pruss (83-77--160) stormed back after a subpar effort on Sunday to beat Valley City State by nine strokes, 629-638. The Jimmies' 303 on Monday was 10 shots better than any other team.

"Being two strokes behind Valley City was definitely not acceptable," UJ interim coach Dustin Jensen said. "I was pretty happy with how the guys came out and changed things up and played really well."

Brandon Stahlhut was the top finisher for the Jimmies. The junior from Jamestown posted back-to-back rounds of 77 and 78.

"Brandon hadn't been playing well, but he found something and was much more consistent," Jensen said. "He had a great tournament."

The Jimmies had six of the top 10 scores.

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"It's as tough a course as we play. It's beautiful, but the back 9 is as tough as it gets," Jensen said. "Across the board everybody played smarter and better and that was really good to see."

Dickinson State Invitational

At Bully Pulpit, Medora

Men

Team results

1, University of Jamestown 1 326-303--629; 2, Valley City State 324-314--638; 3, Great Falls 326-313--639; 4, Jamestown 2 339-320--659; 5, Jamestown 3 334-332--666; 6, Dickinson State 343-331--674; 7, Miles City Community College 369-345--714.

Individual results

(Top 5 and UJ results)

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1, Jared Lentz, VCSU 75-72--147; 2, Jonny Cielak, UGF, 77-74--151; 3, Brandon Stahlhut, UJ 3 77-78--155; 4T, Austin Rene, UJ 1, 79-78--157; 4T, Nathan Kapaun, UJ 1, 81-76--157; 6T, Nolan Frank, UJ 1, 83-76--159; 6T, Jacob Rice, UJ 1, 85-74--159; 10, Michael Pruss, UJ 1, 83-77--160; 11, Benji Miller, UJ 2, 82-80--162; 12, Brook Bergh, UJ 2, 85-78--163; 14, Mitch Hagenson, UJ 2, 87-78--165; 16, Keegan Lindsoe, UJ 3, 84-83--167; 20, Allan Pruss, UJ 2, 85-84--169; 23, Trent Hagenson, UJ 3, 89-81--170; 28, Christian Madden, 84-90--174.

Women

Team results

1, Jamestown 351-347--698; 2, Great Falls 375-357--732; 3, Dickinson State 424-415--839; 4, Valley City State 444-439--883.

Individual results

1, Annie Nelson, UJ, 85-78--163; 2, Gina Kowolchuk, GF, 82-82--164; 3, Savanna Nesemeier, UJ, 85-85--170; 4, Alexis Piatz, UJ, 90-86--176; 5, Casey Babinecz, UGF, 95-91--186; 6, Dana Rial, 94-94--188; 7, Jenna Knutson, UJ, 91-98--189; 12, Emma Thompson, UJ, 96-105--201.

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