Blue Jay golfers Humes, Sorlie punch tickets to State
Two members of the Jamestown High School golf team have qualified to the 2022 Class A State Golf Meet.
JAMESTOWN — Never underestimate the power of fashion — it can get people to do all kinds of things.
"I always wanted to wear golf skirts so I joined golf," Jamestown High School freshman Aspen Humes said with a laugh. "I honestly really just liked the golf skirts."
Her entrance into the sport might be unprecedented but from the performances she's pitched this season, one can reasonably assume Humes won't be sticking around the golf course because of the attire.
Humes and Blue Jay teammate Olivia Sorlie have both qualified to the 2022 Class A State Golf Meet slated to be held at the Jamestown Country Club on Oct. 3-4. The duo qualified at the Dickinson Invite which was the first state qualifying meet of the season.
Last season, Sorlie was the only member of the Blue Jay girls golf team to qualify for the state meet. The Jays have not qualified as a team since the 2020 season.
Humes qualified for the state meet at the Dickinson Invite on Sept. 8, where she carded a career-low 87. Prior to Dickinson, Humes' best score was an 89 which she shot at the first meet of the 2022 season.
Humes has had a bit of a rollercoaster of a season, shooting a 113 one meet, a 97 the next meet and a 101 the one after that. While she's run into a bit of an issue with consistency, the Blue Jay freshman pulled it all together at the right time.
"I have been working on getting stronger and more focused with my shots and their intense purpose," Humes said. "My long game was going great in Dickinson. I had some really good drives and I had some amazing control with my irons. It was a lot cooler (that day) — no crazy heat or gross humid air — I think that helped a lot."
Humes wasn't the only one to shoot a career low in Dickinson. The 2022 Blue Jay squad carded its best score of the season at Heart River Golf Course, besting its previous best of 380 by 25 strokes. Three other Blue Jays — Isabel LeFevre, Belle Sjostrom and Mylee Michel — all shot their season lows that day.
While the score was only Sorlie's second-best of her junior season, it still did the trick to qualify her for the state meet.
"Honestly, the start of the meet was a bit rocky," Sorlie said. "It wasn’t the start I was hoping for but coach (Tracy Iliff) came and talked to me on one hole and it just got better from there. I did not think I was gonna qualify after I finished the first couple of holes. I had very little room for error in that meet."
Sorlie's group was on the last hole’s green when they heard the alarm for lightning over in Dickinson. Sorlie said all of the girls agreed that they were just going to finish that hole instead of going inside and having to reset minds and bodies in order to get ready for the last putt.
"I’m very glad we were done before we all went inside because I would have been worried about making that final qualifying putt and probably would have psyched myself out," she said.
Sorlie shot an 87 at Heart River, one stroke off her season low which she carded both at the Watford City Invite and Century Invite.
"Qualifying for state last year was a definite confidence boost," Sorlie said. "Knowing that I had a chance to qualify again this year, I took practice as a chance to improve my game. This season I have been working on chipping from longer distances and having more control over my shots. My mental game has also improved from last year."
Sorlie has been golfing since sixth grade. She joined the team in her seventh grade year and has been on varsity since her eighth grade season. Sorlie said golf keeps her busy in the fall and keeps her competitive edge primed for the hockey and soccer seasons.
"I strongly dislike failure and digression," Sorlie said. "The one thing that drives me to get better is that I am a very competitive person."
Sorlie's passion to improve might just be what the Jays need to qualify for state as a team.
West Region teams qualify to state via the West Region Meet which is scheduled to be held at the Jamestown Country Club on Sept. 26. Golfers are scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.
"Last year was my wake-up call that I wanted to be good in this sport," Humes said. "I knew I didn’t want my season to end that early this year. Making state was a huge goal of mine, I just didn’t think it would happen this early. I love the sport for more than the skirts now."