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Blue Hawks nab 2 third place finishes

Photo by John M. Steiner / Forum Communications Dickinson State senior Caitlin Hurlock putts during the Jimmie Open on Wednesday at Jamestown Country Club in Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN -- The Dickinson State men's and women's golf teams got their season under way with a quality start at the Jimmie Open.

DSU, as a team, placed third in both the men's and women's tournaments as Chandler Pender, Brian Quintus and Laura Duppong all placed in the individual top 10 on Wednesday at the Jamestown Country Club.

"It's a tough, tight course," DSU first-year head coach Thadd O'Donnell said. "We were scheduled to play at Hillcrest, which is a much more open course. It's kind of a tough opener.

"I don't know if it reached 100 degrees, but it came close," he added with a laugh.

On the men's side, the Blue Hawks were nine strokes off from team winner Valley City State with a 320. Pender and Quintus each shot an 81 in a tie for eighth place. Tristen Long (83) and Matthew Altner (84) were one and two strokes off the top 10, respectively.

"I thought the guys played pretty well," O'Donnell said. "They are capable of scoring well. At a course like that when you make a mistake, it really makes you pay."

Jamestown College placed second with a 327, while DSU posted a 329.

"It was a good opener in the fact that they aren't going to see things much tougher than they did today," O'Donnell said.

On the women's side, Laura Duppong (94) was the lone DSU representative in the top 10. Senior Caitlin Hurlock was one stroke out of the top 10 with a 95.

"Laura is a very calm player," O'Donnell said. "She's real relaxed. She doesn't get too excited and in courses like that it's important have that mentality.

"Caitlin is a competitor. She's completing hard every time she steps up to the ball."

Minot State ran away with the team win, scoring a 329 and had the top three individuals at the meet. Jamestown College finished with a 375 and the Blue Hawks with a 386.

O'Donnell said both teams were frustrated after playing in the hot temperatures, but the Blue Hawks will be back to play at the course on Sept. 24.

O'Donnell hopes then to see how far along the teams has matured in that timeframe.

"I think for us it's to get everybody in and playing a tournament," O'Donnell said. "You go out in practice, out on the driving range, putting and play a few rounds. It's a whole new monster when you step onto the tee with other teams in a tournament setting."

Jimmie Open

At Jamestown Country Club

Men's results

Team scores: Valley City State 320, Jamestown Collge 327, Dickinson State 329, Bismarck State 338, Northern State (S.D.) 339, Lake Region State College 390.

Individual top 10: 1, Curry Kuehl, NSU, 75. 2, Darren Young, VC, 77. 3T, Tommy Rockis, JC; Ben Sorenson, VC, 78. 5T, Ryan LeNoue, VC; Andrew Nelson, BSC, 79. 7, Casey Colemer, VC, 80. 8T, Chandler Pender, DSU; Brian Quintus, DSU, 81. 10T, Jack Bietz, JC; Dallas Greenwald, United Tribes; Tanner Halter, BSC; Kameron Hunter, JC, 82.

Other Dickinson finishers: Tristen Long 83, Matthew Altner 84, Nate Easton 89, Austin Harper 92.

Women's results

Team scores: Minot State 329, Jamestown College 375, Dickinson State 386, Valley City State 397.

Individual top 10: 1, Rebecca Heinietz, MSU, 71. 2T, Mackenzie Nagel, MSU; Mackenzie Gogolin, MSU, 81. 4, Ashley Hinrichs, VC, 84. 5, Dani Look, MSU, 86. 6T. Ashley Barnhart, JC; Danielle Foster, MSU, 91. 8, Brianna Stein, JC, 93. 9T, Laura Duppong, DSU; Paige Tompkins, VC, 94.

Other Dickinson finishers: Caitlin Hurlock 95, Paige Kamminga 98, Stef Bohrer 99, Danielle O'Donnell 147.