Jacobson earns medalist honors as Cougars win Region 5
MEDORA — Bully Pulpit Golf Course was as humbling a course as ever on Thursday.
Playing host to the Region 5 boys tournament, the course was splashed in sunshine but the wind at times wreaked havoc on shots high into the air, making an already tricky set of links even more cumbersome.
Nevertheless, despite the course's best efforts, it could not derail the region's normal pattern of finish: Heart River first, Beulah second, Dickinson Trinity third.
As the top three teams, they will represent Region 5 at the Class B state tournament May 30-31 at Mandan's Prairie West Golf Course.
Heart River finished with four golfers in the top 10, led by junior Trace Jacobson, who earned medalist honors with a 78.
"It was a pretty tough course. They put the pins in really hard places," Jacobson said. "It's a really tricky course so it feels really good to come out and play the way I did today, especially with this wind — it made it a lot tougher."
Heart River's Joey Wagner, who was named the Region 5 Senior Athlete of the Year, followed in second place with an 81, and sophomore Jett Mattson and eighth-grader Jacob Robb both shot 89, tying for ninth at a meet where the top 10 qualify for state.
"It's a really big thing to have four of the six (team golfers) qualify for state," Jacobson said. "I don't know how many teams have ever done that, so it's a really big honor for us to get that."
The Cougars posted a team score of 337, which is quite a bit off their normal round, but head coach Jerry Perdaems, who earned the region's Coach of the Year award, chalked that up to the nature of the course.
"It plays tougher than other courses. Those par 4s are pretty darn long, and the greens are faster than kids are maybe used to playing on at this point in the year," Perdaems said. "I think we had a couple kids that were disappointed that they didn't shoot as well as they were hoping to, but we have Trace as medalist, Joey right behind him, so we're satisfied. Hey, this is the regional championship — you can't be better than that."
Beulah placed second with a mark of 373, a score aided by an 87 from Jase Sailer and an 88 from Michael Schmidt. Sailer tied for fourth overall, and Schmidt was seventh.
Dickinson Trinity earned the final team qualifying spot with a score of 387, just five strokes better than Western Morton County's 392.
"We knew it was going to be close, but we just didn't know until all of them were in," said Trinity senior Matt Tessier, who led the Titans with an 87, tying for fourth.
Tessier had one troublesome hole but was otherwise pleased with his round.
"My drives were really good today, and all the other shots were going pretty well, and I know my putting gained me a few strokes, I wasn't very strong there," he said. "I swung way too hard on No. 16, and we had a pretty strong wind up on the hill and it just pulled it way left. It went into some tall grass and I just couldn't find it. I was hitting a pitching wedge up to the green and had some bad putts again, so it all added up (to an eight)."
Eighth-grader Cole Fitterer carded a 90 to finish in a tie for 10th place with Beach's Gunnar Farstveet. Trinity sophomore Ethan Hickel shot 100, and junior Peter Pavek shot 110 to complete Trinity's scoring.
"Our sixth player, Ethan Hickel, held us up. He shot a 100, and that saved us because Peter had a rough day," Titans head coach Ernie Hill said. "It's good experience because we'll have a seventh-grader (Tyler Brusseau) and an eighth-grader (Fitterer) going to state this year, that'll be good experience with them being so young."
Bowman County's Andrew Narum was the third golfer to tie for fourth with an 87, and Western Morton County's Gehrig Geiss shot an 84 for third place.
No team will be more well-represented at state than Heart River, though.
"This feels really good," Jacobson said. "Hopefully we can all bring it together for state and bring home a state championship this year."
Region 5 Boys Regional
Bully Pulpit Golf Course, Medora
Heart River (337): Trace Jacobson 78, Joey Wagner 81, Jett Mattson 89, Jacob Robb 89, Jayden Ewoniuk, Mathew Zarak 99.
Beulah (373): Jase Sailer 87, Michael Schmidt 88, Austin Feil 98, Evan Eliason 100, Ren Swenson 102, Kolby Hauser 142.
Dickinson Trinity (387): Matt Tessier 87, Cole Fitterer 90, Ethan Hickel 100, Peter Pavek 110, Thomas Kovar 116, Tyler Brusseau 119.
Western Morton County (392): Gehrig Geiss 84, Grant Gerving 97, Tayt Wolding 104, Evan Henke 107, Weston Miller 109, Skylar Soupir 131.
Bowman County (418): Andrew Narum 87, Jacob Boehm 102, Eli Heyen 113, Parker Krebsbach 116, Nate Boehm 131, Dillon Egan 132.
Killdeer (430): Tony Kluver 92, Zach Anderson 109, Ryan Zastoupil 113, Mike Hutchison 116, John Tomjack 129.
Hazen (447): Tyler Wolf 108, Shane Baardson 110, Dayton Seberg 112, Mason Wick 117, Isaak Obenauer 118, Jake Driscoll 145.
Grant County-Flasher (476): Brett Gabrielson 111, Jon Bogert 113, Hunter Roth 118, Travis Hoff 134, Nathan Roth 136.
Beach (488): Gunnar Farstveet 90, Cole Erickson 109, Linken Hegel 131, Kyler Frank 158.
Shiloh Christian (522): Marshal Reikow 112, Hunter Seifert 128, Jon Polbel 139, Josh Schwartz 143, Kaleb Anderson 143.
Hettinger-Scranton: Nevan Weaver 115.