Dufault plays it cool, earns medalist honors at Heart River Invite
SOUTH HEART -- Midway through the first golf tournament of his senior year, Austin Dufault had an epiphany.
After finishing with a triple bogey on the fourth hole of the Region 5 season opener at the Pheasant Country Golf Course, Dufault played it cool and birdied No. 5.
"Usually, I get upset with myself out of a bad hole," Dufault said. "I tried to stay where I was at the whole day."
The relaxed approach paid off for the Killdeer senior, who took a 2-stroke victory Tuesday during the Heart River Invitational.
Dufault shot an 8-over-par 79 despite a whipping wind that caused trouble for golfers throughout the round.
Hazen won the team tournament with a 341 among its top four placers. Freshman Brady Hillerud, who pared the back nine, led the way with an 82.
"I tried to keep it (the ball) low, for the most part," Hillerud said. "Keep it low and try to hit every fairway."
Hazen coach Darrell Berglund was pleased with his team's performance at the breezy, wide-open course.
"We all try to rationalize a little bit. You take into consideration the weather, the dry conditions and, of course, it's your first meet," Berglund said. "I wouldn't be surprised with any outcome."
Chad Marshall's 84 and Conor Borud's 85 helped the Bison seal the win.
Dufault, who had four birdies, but added seven bogeys and a double bogey on No. 15, led Killdeer to a second-place finish with 346. Freshman Zach Dufault, Austin's younger brother, took third with an 81.
"I was hitting the ball pretty decent," Austin Dufault said. "I just had a couple of bad breaks."
Dufault birdied the 16th and 17th holes to help seal his win.
He drove the green and chipped within two feet of the hole before tapping in to finish the par-4, 321-yard No. 16.
Heart River junior Devon Schmeling, the 2006 Pheasant Country Golf Course club champion, shot an 81 and won a handicap tiebreaker over Zach Dufault for second place.
Beulah's Derek Ziman pulled in fifth with an 82. Bowman County's John Lockert was sixth with an 83. Marshall and New Salem's Jared Kautzman both shot 84s.
Dickinson Trinity had two eight-graders, a seventh-grader and a sophomore score in their top four and finished sixth with a 369.
Eighth-grader Josh McCormick, the Titans' only returning golfer from last season's state-tournament team, shot an 85 and placed ninth.
First-year coach Zared Lefor was enthusiastic about the Titans' performance.
"I'm very pleased," Lefor said. "Overall we were very consistent. ... They're working hard. That's the thing I'm proud of."