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Useful learning experience: Reynolds edges Jahner by 1 stroke in Battle at Bully Pulpit

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson’s Willy Jahner sinks a putt on Hole No. 1 during the inaugural Battle at Bully Pulpit on Monday in Medora. Jahner ended with a two-day score of 150 to place runner-up to Minot’s Cody Reynolds.

MEDORA — Dickinson’s Willy Jahner learned a valuable lesson on the golf course.

The lesson is the importance of playing all 18 holes.

Jahner hit two balls out of bounds on the final hole, which opened the door for Minot’s Cody Reynolds to win by one stroke in the 15- to 18-year-old boys age group during the inaugural Battle at Bully Pulpit which concluded on Monday.

“It’s frustrating with having the lead going into the last hole,” said Jahner, who plays for the Dickinson Trinity boys golf team. “I learned from it and it will help me in the future.

“I need to learn that I need to finish and play all 18 holes.”

Admittedly, Jahner felt his game was a little bit off on Monday. He posted a second-round score of 79 after shooting a 71 the opening day.

“I didn’t hit the ball well at all (today),” Jahner said. “I just ended up making a lot of putts.”

Reynolds finished a two-day score of 149, while Jahner was runner-up with a 150. The Minot High golfer said it was tough to see Jahner hit two balls out of bounds on the final hole.

“It was tough to watch Willy fall apart like that,” Reynolds said. “He’s a very good player. I played well all day and got the win.”

Jahner had some familiar company throughout the tournament. Jahner’s caddie was his older sister Rachel, who won the North Dakota Class A state girls golf individual champion in 2013 and is signed to play golf at the University of Jamestown.

Willy said it was great to have Rachel there every step of the way.

“It was fun,” he said with a smile. “I caddie for her at the state amateur tournament she plays in, so she wanted to caddie for me. I said, ‘That’s fine. It will be nice not to carry my clubs.’ She knows my game and I know her game.”

For Reynolds’ and Willy Jahner’s efforts, they received invitations to play in the 2014 TaylorMade World Masters of Junior Golf Tournament on July 20-24 in Las Vegas.

The winners of each age division received invitations for the 2014 TaylorMade World Masters of Junior Golf Tournament.

In the girls 15-18 division, Bismarck’s Katie Kasper won with a two-day score of 157. Jada Mattson of South Heart finished runner-up with a 168.

Mattson, who was the 2014 North Dakota Class B state girls golf individual champion, was somewhat pleased in her two rounds.

“I was a little disappointed with how I ended, but I’m still pretty happy with my scores,” she said.

However, she was presented with an invitation to play in the 2014 TaylorMade World Masters of Junior Golf Tournament.

Her plan for the remainder of the summer is to practice and continually better her game.

“I want to be playing in more tournaments like these this summer and golf more,” she said. “Hopefully, I just improve into next season.”

In the 13-14 division, Minot’s Ellie Reynolds won the girls (200). The runner-up was Gabrielle Knopik of Dickinson (244). For the boys, Jackson Ward of Bismarck won (168) and Fargo’s Bryce Bye was runner-up (170).

The 10-12 boys division was won by Glen Ullin’s Gehring Geiss with a 162 and Bismarck Tyce Hatler was runner-up 182.

In the 9 and under, Bimarck’s Caris Andrisen edged South Heart’s Molly Robb during a playoff in the girls division. Andrisen and Robb each finished the tournament with a 73.

The boys division was won by Bismarck’s Tayce Johnson (52). Finnegan Andrisen was runner-up (60).