Heart River quite homey for Halter, DickinsonDickinson High senior Tanner Halter wanted to perform well at home, but he didn’t envision this.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Dickinson High senior Tanner Halter wanted to perform well at home, but he didn’t envision this.
Halter compiled an even-par 72 to win medalist at the Dickinson High Invitational on Friday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson.
“I guess I was hoping it was going to go like this,” Halter said. “I didn’t picture a victory. Everything was rolling. The greens were rolling well, the fairways were nice and everything was perfect.”
The senior shot one-under 35 on the front nine and followed that up with a 37 on the back nine. He said his game was on.
“I just thought of it as a new beginning, starting the back (nine),” Halter said. “I was just starting over hole by hole, stroke by stroke and everything was going down for me.”
The Midgets finished runner-up to Bismarck Century with a team total of 312. The Patriots thought coming into the day that they could shoot 300.
They were only one stroke off with a 301.
“It’s a good win for us,” Century head coach Lynn Gress said. “It was a good wake-up call for us to take third the first time out (at the Minot Air Force Base Golf Course). This is kind of where I thought we could be with the kids that I have back.”
Century’s top four individuals placed in the individual top 10 and were led by its No. 6 golfer, Troy Ressler. He carded a 73.
The Patriots know they have a quality chance to do well this season because of their depth.
“I’ve got a lot of kids that can shoot good scores,” Gress said. “That always helps to know that you can hopefully have six guys to choose from.”
Bismarck St. Mary’s finished third with 317, while Bismarck High placed fourth with 324 and Minot High rounded out the top five with a 325.
Dickinson’s Luke Hanel, who had the top score for the Midgets (80) in last week’s tournament at Minot Air Force Base, supplied a 77. Hanel found himself in trouble a couple times on the course, but used strong iron play to recover.
Other Dickinson finishers were Austin Fournier (81), Shay Ridl (82), Carter Donnan (89) and Alex Turcotte (91). Berglund was impressed with how Dickinson competed in its second tournament of the season.
“The guys are going out there and playing with a lot more confidence this early in the season,” she said. “It’s good for them to go out there and trust their swings.”
The weather conditions were near perfect for the end of April and rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday made for soft greens.
“The greens were the best that we’ve had by far this year,” Gress said. “That kind of helped. We are always fighting the wind and cold. It was an ideal day for scoring.”
The Midgets have a chance to get some practice in before traveling to Mandan’s Prairie West Golf Course at 9 a.m. next Friday.
“I don’t want them going into the next tournament thinking, ‘Well we took second in the last tournament, we better win this one,’” Berglund said. “I don’t want them having expectations like that. We just want to keep on improving throughout the year.”
At Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson
Team scores: Bismarck Century 301, Dickinson 312, Bismarck St. Mary’s 317, Bismarck High 324, Minot 325, Williston 343, Jamestown 354, Mandan 354, Belcourt 398.
Individual top 10: 1, Tanner Halter, Dickinson, 72. 2, Troy Ressler, Century, 73. 3 (tie), Jake DeForest, St. Mary’s, 74. 3 (tie), Sam Wangler, Bismarck, 73. 5, Drew Lingle, Century, 75. 6 (tie), Jacob Dehne, Century, 76. 6 (tie), BJ Mahar, Williston, 76. 8 (tie), Luke Hanel, Dickinson, 77. 8 (tie), Sean Ternes, Century, 77. 10, Josh McCormick, St. Mary’s, 78.
Other Dickinson finishers: Austin Fournier 81, Shay Ridl 82, Carter Donnan 89, Alex Turcotte 91.