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Midgets golf takes sixth at home Invite

Dickinson's Dylan Pokorny follows his shot Friday afternoon at Heart River Golf Course. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

In a mixed bag of results on a windless but unseasonably chilly day at Heart River Golf Course Friday, there were moments to be proud of and moments to forget for the Dickinson High boys golf team.

The Midgets, hosting nine other teams at the Dickinson High Invite, finished in the middle of the pack, a spot in sixth place with a team score of 334.

Minot, led by three golfers with scores in the mid- to high-70s, took first, totaling 309 strikes. Bismarck St. Mary's was in second place at 314, with Bismarck Century a couple of strokes back at 316. Turtle Mountain (318) was fourth and Bismarck High (322) was fifth.

Dickinson, which was golfing without Jerzy Martin, was paced by scores of 82 by both Dylan Pokorny and Camron Stevens. Hunter Myran, who was in the No. 1 spot for the Midgets, hit an 83. Davis Donnan finished with a 90 to complete the Midgets' scoring. Aidan Levorsen carded an 87 and Tyler Kostelecky finished with a 96, but they did not factor in the scoring.

Stevens' tally, tied for the team-low, was important in the absence of Martin, said head coach Sara Berglund, who was encouraged by the day as a whole.

"They were hitting the ball well, playing well, there were some tough holes for us, couldn't get out of trouble," she said. "I'm pretty pleased with where we ended up—just hope we can take it from here and take it to the point that we're playing our best by the WDA tournament."

The absence of wind was a welcomed sign, said Pokorny, noting Heart River's usual conditions. He took advantage on the front nine, totaling a 39 to go with his 43 on the back nine.

"My driver was really hot today and my irons were really hot today," said the junior. "My putting could improve, my short game could improve a lot. A couple of holes were iffy, but at the end of the day it was a good round."

The best rounds of the day belonged to two golfers at the end of 18—Turtle Mountain's Jackson Davis and Bismarck Century's Jackson Ward, who both shot 71.

The two had a playoff hole on 18, with Davis missing a putt from about 10 feet away that gave Ward the individual victory for the day.

The focus for the Midgets now turns to this upcoming Monday, where they'll travel to Williston and compete in the individual qualifiers for the state tournament.

Beyond that, the Midgets have the West Region event to look forward to on May 30, a chance to compete for a spot in the state tournament in Grand Forks on June 5.

"I hope WDA goes well for us, I hope we make it to state," Pokorny said. "It would be a good run for our seniors to finish good on state, and King's Walk is a super nice course, it would be fun to play there."

Dickinson High Invite

Heart River Golf Course

Minot (309): Spencer Ross 75, Kessler Heilman 75, Easton Evanoff 77, Damyn Boyce 82, Luke Moen 83, Otto Langhans 85.

Bismarck St. Mary's (314): Cole Herbel 73, Carter Klein 78, Ben WIlson 81, Noah Anderson 82, Alex Wilson 87, Joel Bry 92.

Bismarck Century (316): Jackson Ward 71, Logan Rush 79, Alex Ware 83, Carson Wahl 83, Zach Johnson 84, Evan Erickson 85.

Turtle Mountain (318): Jackson Davis 71, Russ Parisien 75, Seth Gillis 85, Easton Crissler 87, Brandon LaFountain 92, Seth Desjarlais 96.

Bismarck High (322): TJ Ball 78, David Kaiser 80, Derek Burr 82, Jordan Ruff 82, Eric Pladsen 83, Ryan Clancy 86.

Dickinson High (334): Dylan Pokorny 82, Camron Stevens 82, Hunter Myran 83, Aidan Levorsen 87, Davis Donnan 90, Tyler Kostelecky 96.

Bismarck Legacy (336): Caden Richter 80, Logan Barrett 82, Joey Gross 86, Cole Svihovec 88, Brian Swanberg 88, Meric Beck 93.

Jamestown (340): Cole Bennion 78, Connor Mullowney 86, Jeremy Williams 87, Eric DeBoer 89, Adam Reiten 90, Jared Killenbach 92.

Williston (352): Cole Heller 85, Isaac Arnson 88, Brooks Hodenfield 92, Michael Dondelinger 93.

Mandan (353): Trey Hohbein 80, Josh Clark 88, Sam Peterson 90, Devon Liscomb 95, Adam Moch 102, Carter Berger 113.

Samuel Evers

Sam covers Dickinson State athletics for The Press. He is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, where former President Barack Obama once lived, and is a 2015 graduate of Emerson College in Boston. He likes basketball, newspapers, Gil Scott Heron and sneakers, among a few other things.  Before The Press, he worked as an assistant in the sports department at The Boston Globe.

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