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Dickinson High golf readies for new season

Dickinson High senior Jerzy Martin tees off during the Midgets' home invite on April 22, 2016, at Heart River Golf Course. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson High boys golf team made last season's state meet by a single stroke.

A one-swing difference among the Midgets' fifth golfer and that of Jamestown served as the tiebreaker after the teams tied for the sixth and final state berth from the West Region meet.

The Midgets enter a new season today at a Bismarck Century invitational and are hopeful that the process of earning a second consecutive state trip will not be as dramatic.

"The West Region is always very competitive. You might have a couple teams that are one or two all the time, but three through seven could be anybody," Dickinson head coach Sara Burglund said. "Every tournament is a lot of fun, and every stroke counts. I think they learned how important that was."

With most of last year's group back and another year older, Dickinson will feature a veteran squad.

"We're returning four of our varsity players from last year, and Cameron (Stevens) played varsity off and on last year too," Berglund said. "Jerzy (Martin), Davis (Donnan), Hunter (Myran) and Dylan (Pokorny), all four are returning, and they've been playing really well in practice — hitting the ball well, playing with confidence and showing great leadership."

Martin, Donnan and Stevens are all seniors, while Pokorny and Myran are juniors. Combined, it's an experienced group that is happy to be back on the course.

"From the way it looks, we're all pretty ready for it. We're playing pretty solid, really consistent," Donnan said.

While the rest of his teammates start their season today, Martin will have to wait a while to tee off in competition for the first time. This weekend he is representing Team North Dakota in the CCM NIT Hockey Tournament in Plymouth, Minn., but he is anxious to return.

"It's going to be fun this year. We have a good team, and we should be able to be one of the top competitors for the West," Martin said. "It's good to get a good group of guys back who have experience at varsity meets on the courses that we play. They have good mindsets for the sport and know what they have to do to become a better golfer."

The Midgets are banking on that experience to pay off with another trip to state.

"I hope it's not that close," Donnan said. "I hope we make it by a longshot this year. I have high hopes for us."

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well.