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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson junior Alex Priebe watches his tee shot on the No. 14 hole during the Dickinson Invitational on Monday at the Heart River Golf Course.

For the first time all season, the Dickinson High boys golf team played in optimal conditions.

It was a far cry from the typical gale-force winds, rain or chilly temperatures the Midgets had been experiencing.

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The Midgets used the optimal to their advantage as all four golfers posted an 89 or lower during the Dickinson Invitational on Monday at Heart River Golf Course.

“It was by far the nicest day that we’ve had all year,” Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. “The guys went back to just enjoying playing again. The weather was nice and it was perfect day to go out and play. They’ve been improving each tournament. I’m very pleased with where we were at today.”

Alex Priebe, a junior, led Dickinson with an 80, while junior Carter Donnan posted an 82. Sophomore Matt Schaefer followed with an 87 and junior Tony Kostelecky rounded out the top four scores with an 89. Junior Nick Himmelspach added a 93, while senior Alex Turcotte had a 96.

After the opening nine holes, Priebe had a 41. However, he improved on the back nine with a 38. Donnan had the same fortune as he posted a 44, but turned around to shoot a 38.

“We played better than we were earlier, so that’s good,” Priebe said. “But I felt like we could have done better. I’m not really disappointed we came within 20 strokes of the winner, so I felt we did decent.”

The Midgets finished with a team score of 338, which is a season low. The team finished in seventh place and 18 strokes behind winner Minot. Berglund said she’s not too worried about shooting the best score of the season now, but peaking at the right time — during the West Region and Class A state tournament.

The rest of the top three teams included Bismarck High in runner-up with a 322, while Bismarck Century came in third with a 324. The top four teams were separated by six strokes.

“I’m hoping that we continue to keep improving as the year goes on and be ready for that regional tournament,” Berglund said.

For the second straight tournament, Turtle Mountain Jackson Davis was the medalist. The freshman supplied a 75. Davis also won the Mandan Invitational with a 75 in a playoff against Bismarck St. Mary’s Grant Dvorak.

Davis said winning in Mandan gave him a boost of confidence, a confidence he hopes to carry throughout the remainder of the season.

“I was just able to focus better today,” Davis said about carrying the confidence from the win in Mandan. “I started out the season rough, but now I’ve been feeling it lately.”

The Midgets continue their season traveling to the Williston Invitational at the Links of North Dakota at 11 a.m. Friday. Priebe said the team is feeling more comfortable as the season progresses because of the amount of practice time between tournaments.

“We just need to continue to shoot low 80s and maybe some 70s and then we’ll be good,” Priebe said. “We are starting to shoot low 80s right now and that’s really helpful.”

Dickinson Invitational

At Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson

Team scores: Minot 320, Bismarck High 322, Bismarck Century 324, Jamestown 326, Mandan 334, Turtle Mountain 334, Dickinson 338, Bismarck St. Mary’s 339, Williston 358.

Individual medalist: 1, Jackson Davis, TM, 75.

Other Dickinson finishers: Alex Priebe 80, Carter Donnan 82, Matt Schaefer 87, Tony Kostelecky 89, Nick Himmelspach 93, Alex Turcotte 96.