Jahner signs with Jamestown golf team
Competitively speaking, Rachel Jahner is making up for lost time.
“I kind of had a late start to golf early on, because I didn’t really play when I was younger,” Jahner said. “I mostly just rode in the golf cart when Willy (her younger brother) would play. Making up for those years now is great to see.”
Over the next six years, Jahner — who competed for Dickinson High — won a North Dakota Class A state golf title in 2013, had a state runner-up finish in 2012, was named West Region senior athlete of the year and a four-time all-state selection, plus won multiple invitationals.
Jahner’s golf journey isn’t over yet.
She will continue wearing orange and black on the golf course, but instead for the University of Jamestown as she has signed her letter of intent to play golf for the Jimmies in the beginning of the fall 2014 season.
“I wanted to keep playing, because I didn’t want to quit on something that I really enjoyed doing,” Jahner said.
When Jahner toured Jamestown, she said she felt right at home. She added that Jamestown head golf coach Dustin Jensen was very welcoming.
Jahner had a couple of other offers to play golf in college, but Jamestown gave her the best of both worlds.
“They are a really good school and they have want I’m going into for my degree,” said Jahner, who plans on majoring in nursing. “It felt like I was already part of the team before I even signed.”
Plus, it doesn’t hurt she has plays well at the Jamestown Country Club. Last year, Jahner won East-West Classic title in Jamestown.
“I do like that course” she said with a laugh.
During the summer and throughout the golf season, Jahner wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue her golf career at the collegiate level.
She spoke with her parents — Jim and Kari — and her younger brother Willy about playing at the next level. She also talked with Dickinson head golf coach Sara Berglund about playing in college. Berglund played collegiately at Dickinson State.
“My parents have been there every step of the way, really guided me throughout my golf career and deciding what I wanted to do after,” Jahner said. “They supported any decision I made whether it was to go to Jamestown or go to another school. They just wanted me to be happy with what decision I made. Willy was always there to help me on the course if I ever needed, so that was really nice to.
“Sara told me that she really enjoyed playing college golf.”
Berglund, who coached Jahner over the last two seasons, is happy with Jahner’s decision. Berglund said Jahner shows all the capabilities of playing college golf.
“She’ll do great there,” Berglund said. “She’s a hard worker. She knows how to manage her time and she’ll work hard both in school and out on the golf course. I’m so glad she’s playing golf and I know she’s ready for it.”