SOUTH HEART - T.J. Poulsen shot 1-under par Monday in only his second visit to Pheasant Country Golf Course. The Dickinson State freshman had seven birdies and shot a 70 for a two-day total of 143 at the Blue Hawk Invitational golf meet. Unfortun...
SOUTH HEART - T.J. Poulsen shot 1-under par Monday in only his second visit to Pheasant Country Golf Course.
The Dickinson State freshman had seven birdies and shot a 70 for a two-day total of 143 at the Blue Hawk Invitational golf meet.
Unfortunately for Poulsen, he was a member of Dickinson State's No. 2 men's team and, because the meet counted toward Dakota Athletic Conference points, couldn't have his score counted toward the final standings.
"That was a great weekend for him," Dickinson State coach Tim Daniel said. "I feel bad we were unable to use his scores. But he's a freshman and it's a learning experience."
Poulsen had rough showings in his first two tournaments, but said he used the meet to prove his capability to Daniel.
"I needed to prove myself," Poulsen said. "Coach said, 'You need to prove something after yesterday because the first two tournaments were pretty ugly.' "
However, Poulsen's impressive day was just the tip of the iceberg for the Blue Hawks, who won both the men's and women's team events.
Dickinson State senior Zared Lefor, Minot senior Luke Dailey and Minot State freshman Jordan Kelly had the best rounds that counted toward the DAC standings. Each shot a 71.
Dailey won the invite, which began Sunday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, with a 74-71-145.
"I was kind of getting frustrated," Dailey said of the early holes. "But then I made a birdie finally, and then I birdied on eight and birdied nine to get to 1-under."
Dickinson State sophomore Carter Hilkewich shot had the low score on Sunday with a 71, but fired a 75 on Monday to finish in second place with a 146. Lefor tied was fifth with a 78-71-150. Craig Gaube was sixth overall with a 76-74-150.
Lefor and Gaube's big rounds helped Dickinson State's 304-295-599 score edge the Beavers' team total of 305-297-602. Poulsen led Dickinson State's No. 2 team to a 307-310-617, which would have been the invite's third-best team score if it would have counted.
Daniel said the Blue Hawks' golfers again showed their consistency, and it was a big part of the win.
"We were consistent again today," Daniel said. "Some guys who didn't play well yesterday came back and played well."
On the women's side, the Blue Hawks' Megan Fisher and Leah Grinsteiner entered day two with the top two scores.
Fisher shot a 78 and Grinsteiner had a 79 at Heart River. However, each had their struggles at Pheasant Country.
Fisher had a quadruple bogey on the 10th hole and two double bogeys late in the round to fall to 84. She finished second overall a 78-84-162. Grinsteiner was third with a 79-85-164 and Dickinson State's Lyndsey Kent took fourth with an 87-80-167.
The Blue Hawks had a team total of 343-342-688 to get the win. Black Hills State and medalist Jamie Bentley, who shot an 81-77-158, were second with a 358-350-708.
"We've gotten better," Daniel said. "All the girls have played better from the first day out, to the second tournament and then today. I think if we can continue to shoot that the rest of the year, we've got a chance to be in the thick of things."
Bentley said she played a fairly straightforward round, and wasn't looking for any big or fancy shots.
Bentley had two double bogeys, but birdied the par-5 16th hole to help her score. She was three strokes better than day two's second-place finishers.
"I didn't try to do anything different," Bentley said. "I just tried to keep it in between the lines."