Titans battle wind to place first at home invitational
Wind, wind and more wind.
Playing in unfavorable weather is nothing new for the golfers from North Dakota.
“I think the kids are definitely getting used to playing in the wind, especially growing up in this climate and weather,” Trinity head coach Tyler Reisenauer said. “They are used to it, but it’s never fun.”
Trinity managed to withstand the 30 mph wind gusts to take a team and medalist victory on Monday at the Heart River Golf Course.
“The wind makes you concentrate on every shot, so it’s tough to play in, but your mind has be there,” said Trinity sophomore Willy Jahner, who was the medalist with a 73.
Despite playing in the 30 mph wind gusts, Trinity junior Connor Friske said it’s just a positive to play in a tournament setting. Friske finished runner-up with a 77.
Since practice began in late April, the Titans have played in four tournaments — one of which was cut short to nine holes due to wind pushing golf balls off the green.
“It’s definitely nice to just get out and swing,” Friske said. “It feels good to just play. It’s nice when meets get cancelled like they did last week. I just want to play. That’s why I’m glad that we got out today even though it was crappy.”
As a team, the Titans won the invitational with a 330. Hazen came in runner-up with a 360, while Heart River rounded out in the top three with a 369.
Reisenauer was pleased about the rounds from team with the unfavorable scoring conditions.
“Willy is always solid and he manages his game very well,” Reisenauer said. “He has matured night and day from this year to last year. For Connor, we’ve been making some changes in the game throughout the season, so he can shoot those scores and he’s capable. He’s getting a little more confidence and the stuff that we’ve been working on is finally starting to turn around for him.”
Though Jahner finished the front nine one-under (35), the start to the back nine was less than favorable. He posted a double bogey on Hole No. 10. However, he didn’t let the first hole on the back nine dictate his round as he finished the next eight holes at even par.
“The front nine I played really well,” Jahner said. “I started off birdie, bogey, birdie and then I just managed to par out. I made some nice putts on the front. The wind wasn’t up that much in the front nine, but then on the back it got pretty windy. I wasn’t really that mad (about Hole No. 10). It was a tough hole today. It was playing like a par 5.”
Trinity’s Jaret Lee had an 88 and Koty Pokorny finished the team’s top four scorers with a 92.
Heart River freshman Joey Wagner placed third with an 83, while sophomore Trace Jacobsen took fourth after shooting an 84. Hazen’s Brandt Vernon finished in fifth (86) and Gunnar Hyttinen of Southern McLean posted an 87 for sixth.
Trinity sets its sights on an individual state qualifier at 10 a.m. in Washburn. The Titans host Region 5 Invitational beginning 9 a.m. Thursday at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora.
“My thoughts are just don’t be scared,” Friske said. “If I get really nervous, I play really bad. I’m just going to try to relax and play well.”
Dickinson Trinity Invitational
At Heart River Golf Course
Team scores: Dickinson Trinity 330, Hazen 360, Heart River 369, Bowman County 406, Southern McLean 413, Hettinger-Scranton 423, Western Morton County 436, Killdeer 437.
Individual top 6: 1, Willy Jahner, Trinity, 73. 2, Connor Friske, Trinity, 77. 3, Joey Wagner, HR, 83. 4, Trace Jacobson, HR, 84. 5, Brandt Vernon, Hazen, 86. 6, Gunnar Hyttinen, SM, 87.
Trinity (330): Willy Jahner 73, Connor Friske 77, Jaret Lee 88, Koty Pokorny 92, David Pokorny 97, Matt Pavek, 102.
Hazen (360): Brandt Vernon 86, Kyle Lindquist 89, Jakob Parisien 90, Preston Pfeifer 95, Alex Burling 103, Robbie Philion 115.
Heart River (369): Joey Wagner 83, Trace Jacobson 84, Tayden Jacobson 100, Matt Zarak 102, Jayden Ewoniuk 107.
Bowman County (406): Tyler Hansey 97, Jayden Hofland 100, Brayden Jorgensen 103, Jacob Boehm 106, Mason Moran 131.
Southern McLean (413): Gunnar Hyttinen 87, Jack Zimerman 94, Nolan Teigen 114, Dylan Kaul 118, Coltan Hyttinen 123.
Hettinger-Scranton (423): Denby Lueck 97, Logan Robinson 97, Jacob Joppa 111, Daniel Pretzer 118, Ben Erickson 127.
Western Morton County (436): Andrew Hulm 95, Erik Kautzman 101, Seth Bittner 101, Alex Leingang 140, Braden Wehri 142.
Killdeer (437): Bubba Roshau 98, Ty Truchan 107, Tyler Henderson 115, Ben Bell 117, Brady Platen 120, Zeb Doe 124.