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STRONG FINISH: UJ men post top score at meet

Both University of Jamestown golf teams finished its seasons with a flurry. Neither advanced to nationals, only winning the North Star Athletic Association tournament would do that, but both squads posted their top scores in the four-round tourna...

Nathan Kapaun watches a putt during the final round of the NSAA championships in Onalaska, Wis., on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Tamera Kapaun
Nathan Kapaun watches a putt during the final round of the NSAA championships in Onalaska, Wis., on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Tamera Kapaun

Both University of Jamestown golf teams finished its seasons with a flurry.

Neither advanced to nationals, only winning the North Star Athletic Association tournament would do that, but both squads posted their top scores in the four-round tournament. The UJ men, led by all-conference performers Jacob Rice and Nathan Kapaun, posted the low round of the tournament, shooting a 295 on Tuesday at The Golf Club in Onalaska, Wis.

"It was an awesome finish to the season the way both teams played," UJ interim coach Dustin Jensen said. "They were disappointed that the season ended, but I think there was a realization that, 'Holy cow, let's go, we can do this.'"

The UJ men's four-round total sat at 1,234. Bellevue (Neb.) won it at 1,210. Viterbo (1,233) edged the Jimmies for second.

Jacob Rice, with four rounds of 78 or better, placed fourth overall. Nathan Kapaun had three rounds in the 70s and was fifth. Austin Rene (320) and Nolan Frank (326) rounded out the lineup.

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The Jimmie women ended up fourth, but their 339 on Tuesday was their best score by five shots. Bellevue (1,321) proved the class of the tournament with a convincing win.

Annie Nelson (339) capped her fine season by tying for fourth overall. She didn't have a round over 82. Savanna Nesemeier (354) was 12th.

"Both Jacob (Rice) and Annie (Nelson) would've needed career-type days to make a run at it, but they proved they're not far off," Jensen said.

Alexis Piatz (366) and Jenna Knutson (375) sat in the No. 3 and 4 spots for the Jimmies. The first two rounds of the tournament were played in September at Albert Lea, Minn.

"All 10 kids that qualified are juniors or under," Jensen said. "It was so much fun to be around them again. The future is very bright."

NSAA Championships
At The Golf Club, Onalaska, Wis. (Par 71, 6,776 yards)
Men
Team results
1, Bellevue 308-299-303-300--1210; 2, Viterbo 322-313-300-298--1233; 3, Jamestown 317-307-315-295--1234; 4, Valley City 325-316-319-321--1281; 5, Waldorf 335-321-317-338--1311; 6, Dickinson 369-357-346-326--1398.
Individual results
(Top 6 and UJ results)
1, Diego Gudino, BU, 74-76-72-77--299; 2, Fernando Arzate, BU, 76-73-79-73--301; 3, Joel Preeshl, VU, 81-76-74-71--302; 4, Jacob Rice, UJ, 78-74-76-75--303; 5T, Nicolas Handal, BU, 79-80-75-72--306; 5T, Taylor Hanson, VU, 82-79-73-72--306; 5T, Nathan Kapaun, UJ, 78-77-80-71--306; 12, Austin Rene, UJ, 82-84-80-74--320; 14, Nolan Frank, 88-80-83-75--326; Mitch Hagenson 79-76-DNC-DNC; Brandon Stahlhut, UJ, DNC-DNC-79-82.

Women
Par 71, 5,823 yards
Team results
1, Bellevue 335-324-333-329--1321; 2, Viterbo 344-340-342-336--1362; 3, Waldorf 353-348-346-348--1395; 4, Jamestown 363-353-344-339--1399; 5, Valley City 403-397-406-404--1610; 6, Dickinson State 430-391-408-394--1623; 7, Presentation College 819-677-681-600--1633.
Individual results
1, Ivane Helias, BU, 81-80-78-77--316; 2, Faustina Peve, BU, 80-77-81-83--321; 3, Fernanda Valdes, WU, 83-82-78-81--324; T4, Wendy Monfort, BU, 87-80-80-78--235; 4T, Annie Nelson, UJ, 82-81-80-82; 5, Heather Zuleger, VU, 89-87-78-85--339; 12, Savanna Nesemeier, UJ, 93-88-87-86--354; 15, Alexis Piatz, UJ, 98-94-85-89--366; 19, Jenna Knutson, 93-92-106-84--375; Emma Thompson DNC-DNC-92-87; Dana Rial, UJ, 95-92-DNC-DNC.

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