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Lefties lead Dickinson to Class A state tournament

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Alex Turcotte putts on Hole No. 12 in the Dickinson Invitational on May 5 at Heart River Golf Course.

The average number of left-handed golfers in the world range is somewhere between 10 to 15 percent.

This isn’t the case for the Dickinson High boys golf team.

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Half of the Midgets’ six varsity golfers — senior Alex Turcotte, junior Carter Donnan and freshman Davis Donnan — are left-handed.

“There isn’t a lot of us,” Turcotte said. “It just funny how people are like ‘Oh, you have three lefties on your team. That’s weird.’ People laugh because it’s not normal.”

However, what is even more strange is the golfers Carter Donnan was paired up with during the Dickinson High Invitational on May 5. All three golfers in his group were left-handed, which was a first for the junior.

“Yeah, that was weird,” he said with a laugh. “I had never done that before.”

Whether Dickinson’s golfers are right- or left-handed, their goal is still the same — reach the North Dakota Class A state tournament on June 3 at the Jamestown Country Club.

Dickinson will attempt to qualify its entire team for the state tournament by placing in the top six teams of the West Region Tournament today at the Jamestown Country Club.

“All year I’ve been saying it doesn’t matter where we are placing, but we are improving,” Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. “Now we are finally to the point to where it matters where we place.”

Berglund said this is the first time she can remember having three varsity golfers who are lefties.

Though the swings styles are different, the teaching methods are the same.

“They play to their strengths, play smart, know what to hit and always think about your next shot,” Berlgund said.

Carter Donnan and Turcotte said it’s nice having three left-handed golfers on the team, because they can help each other.

“We all understand each other’s swings,” Carter Donnan said. “We can help each other if we have something wrong with our swing.”

Turcotte added: “All three of us have almost the exact same swing. Carter and I hit nearly identical and Davis is right there with us. We can give other tips. I’ve learned something from Carter and Davis. It just works out.”

Davis Donnan split time between varsity and junior varsity this season. He said it has been good to golf with his older brother.

“It’s a pretty nice feeling,” he said. “I can always talk to him about how I feel and stuff throughout the day.”

As a team, the Midgets are averaging 350.7 strokes per round. The number ranks them seventh in the West Region. Dickinson is 8.1 strokes within Mandan, which sits in sixth place in the West Region standings.

Though Berglund said this season has been a little disappointing, she believes the team can turn it around at the West Region Tournament. The rest of the varsity lineup for the West Region Tournament will be juniors Alex Priebe and Tony Kostelecky and sophomore Matt Schaefer.

“We are kind of an unknown,” she said. “We could be a surprise for some teams, because we haven’t placed in the top six much this year. There’s the ability to.”