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Close but no cigar: Dickinson Midget take fourth

The Midgets stayed on par against their opponents through much of the competition, falling short in the back nine on a few cards.

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DHS boys varsity golf competed in the TMCHS invite against nine schools. (Press file photo)

The old adage is that Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic. Bad jokes aside, the Midgets needed no bad arithmetic to showcase their improved skills as strokes fell drastically from previous team outings during their fourth place finish at the Turtle Mountain Community High School Invitational at Garden State Golf Course last Saturday.

The invitational began at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time and was a varsity only affair. Of the six Dickinson High School players, most would perform above expectations and prove that a heavy diet of greens (extra practices) have served them well.

The Midgets stayed on par against their opponents through much of the competition, falling short in the back nine on a few cards. While Dickinson placed fourth, two of the 10 teams did not participate in the total score category.

Bismarck Century, Minot and Jamestown each had players with exceptional scorecards highlighting the competitiveness of varsity golf and the adaptiveness of this year’s players to widely different courses.

Century Patriot Dylan Nosbush shot a collegiate level 37 on the front nine, before turning in a state level 40 on the back — rounding out the day at five over par with a 77. Nobush’s tremendous effort gave enough of a gap for Century to take the top of the leaderboard while also earning himself a spot on the individual performance podium.

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Second place fell to Minot Magicians’ Garvin Argent who while outperforming Nosbush in the front nine with an exceptional 36, fell off with a badly timed bogey on the back nine to end with a 43, for a final scorecard reading 79. The Magicians had four players that scored in the mid to low 80’s.

The Blue Jays took the final spot on the podium with a third place finish, shutting out the Midgets, but only by six points. Jed Truax carded a 36 in the first nine, 42 on the back and a 78 overall.

The scorecard:

1. Century, 77-81-81-82--319; 2. Minot, 79-82-82-84--327; 3. Jamestown, 78-86-86-87--337; 4. Dickinson, 81-86-86-90--343; 5. Bismarck high, 83-86-94-98--361; 6. Williston, 88-91-91-96-366; 7.Mandan, 78-95-96-97--366; 8. Legacy, 83-1-97-106--377

Though Dickinson did not land a golfer on the podium, they did outshoot themselves in a move up the leaderboard from their previous fifth and sixth place finishes in their first two events. At the current level of improvement, the Midgets could see a bronze or silver tier performance in the next tourney.

Dickinson’s star player Jack Homiston did not shine as bright as normally, but was consistent. Homiston carded a 45 on both the front and back for a finishing score of 90. The breakout performance came from senior Brycen Yazzie whose 40 on the back nine was near perfect and resulted in a nine over par for 81.

Notable mentions go to sophomores Jace Elkin and Kyller Hughes who each carded an 86 — a personal best for each of them this season.

Dickinson total scorecard:

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Jack Homiston- 45-45--90

Evan Groll- 48-47--97

Grant Bittner- 48-47--95

Jace Elkin- 46-40--86

Kyller Hughes, 42-44--86

Brycen Yazzie, 41-40-81

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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