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Cougars win first ever Region 5 title, Lee wins individual title, Jahner named senior of year

Jaret Lee won the Class B Region 5 boys golf tournament with a 1-under-par 70, but felt like his score could've been much better if he hadn't missed on several birdie putts.

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Heart River’s Joey Wagner hits out of a bunker for an up-and-down par on hole No. 15 on Thursday at Heart River Golf Course during the Class B Region 5 meet. (Press Photos by Colton Pool)

Jaret Lee won the Class B Region 5 boys golf tournament with a 1-under-par 70, but felt like his score could’ve been much better if he hadn’t missed on several birdie putts.

Joey Wagner finished one stroke behind Lee for second but didn’t feel satisfied after his golf bag fell on his ball on hole No. 13 and he had to take a one-stroke penalty.

Both felt like they left opportunites out on the course - but they can’t complain about the results.

Led by Wagner’s even-par 71, Heart River shot a 307 as a team to win its first Region 5 championship in program history on Thursday at Heart River Golf Course. The Cougars, along with Trinity, which shot a 323, and Beulah, which shot a 333, qualified for state as a team.

“We’re going into state with some positive vibes. Hopefully that will carry over,” said Heart River head coach Jerry Perdaems, who was named Region 5 coach of the year. “Some players have been up and down, but that’s golf. You have to weather those storms a little bit. Heart River (Golf Course) is a good test for these kids, so I think they should walk away feeling pretty good about their game.”

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By Lee’s estimation, he hit 16 greens in regulation, but lipped out at least eight birdie putts and should’ve been 6-under on his front nine holes.

But Lee still can’t complain about a 1-under and regional individual medalist honors.

“I was focused on our team playing well more than me,” Lee said. “Individual is important, but team is always in the back of my head.”

Though he felt like he could’ve done better, Wagner was impressed with his team’s performance.

For the Cougars, Trace Jacobson ended up fourth with a 6-over 77, Seth Keator tied for fifth with an 8-over 79 and Jayden Ewoniuk was a stroke behind with an 80 for a tie for eighth - all good enough to make the top 10.

“(Ewoniuk) worked hard over the summer and last year. Trace is coming around toward the end of the year,” Wagner said. “Tayden has definitely improved throughout the year. Seth has been very consistent for us. I like the way that they’re playing.”

Lee too felt he was surrounded by a solid team.

Willy Jahner, who was named Region 5 senior of the year, walked away with a 3-over 74 for third overall.

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But like Lee and Wagner, Jahner felt he could’ve done better, especially considering he took four putts within 7 feet on the 18th and final hole.

“I just didn’t feel comfortable over many shots today,” Jahner said. “I was just kind of off all day today. I made some nice putts, but then I missed a lot of short ones too. … You just can’t take anything for granted.”

Trinity’s Matt Tessier shot an 89 and Dillon Praus shot a 90 to contribute to the Titans’ team score.

Beulah was led by Michael Schmidt’s 8-over 79 for a tie for fifth with West Morton County’s Gehrig Geiss, while Jase Sailer was tied for eighth with an 80 to fuel Beulah to a state berth.

Though Jahner admitted he was sad thinking this was his last home meet golfing for Trinity, he was thrilled knowing his team would be going to state at the Jamestown Country Club with he and Lee, who had qualified for state individually before the day.

“It’s just going to be more fun when you can bring all six guys instead of just two,” Jahner said. “We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be a blast down there.”

Though both have competed at state before, Wagner, who won the state tournament a year ago, and Lee feel their team’s performances will be something to build off of before the state meet starting on May 31.

And they’ll have another chance to shoot better than they did at regionals.

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“It’s nice winning a team regional championship, that’s for sure,” Wagner said of his team that finished third at the state meet in 2015. “It’s gives us good momentum going into state. We’re all pretty excited to see what we can do there and see if we can recap or improve on what we did last year.”

Lee added: “It definitely gives us confidence, and that’s exactly what we need. We definitely have to carry it into state somehow.”

Team scores: 1, Heart River 307. 2, Dickinson Trinity 323. 3, Beulah 333. 4, Bowman County 388. 5, Killdeer 402. 6, Beach 404. 7, Grant County-Flasher 410. 8, Hazen 412. 9, West Morton County 415. 10, Southern McLean 424.

Individuals: 1, Jaret Lee, DT, 70. 2, Joey Wagner, HR, 71. 3, Willy Jahner, DT, 74. 4, Trace Jacobson, HR, 77. 5 (tie), Gehrig Geiss, WMC;  Michael Schmidt, Beu; Seth Keator, HR, 79. 8 (tie), Jayden Ewoniuk, HR;  Jace Sailer, Beu, 80. 10, Jack Zimmerman, SM, 84.

Heart River 307: Joey Wagner 71, Trace Jacobson 77, Seth Keator 79, Jayden Ewoniuk 80, Jett Mattson 89, Tayden Jacobson 96.

Dickinson Trinity 323: Jaret Lee 70, Willy Jahner 74, Matt Tessier 89, Dillon Praus 90, Peter Pavek 93, Cole Fitterer 117.

Beulah 333: Michael Schmidt 79, Jase Sailer 80, Ren Swenson 85, Hunter Schroetlin 89, Joe Swenson 89, Nate Burge 94.

Bowman County 388: Andrew Narum 86, Parker Krebsbach 97, Jacob Boehm 102, Eli Heyen 103, Nate Boehm 128.

Killdeer 402: Zack Andersen 94, Mike Hutchison 98, Tony Kluver 101, Ryan Zastoupil 109, John Tomjack 129.

Beach 404: Alex Novotny 88, Gunnar Farstveet 91, Scott Lund 106, Cole Erickson 119, Matt Hildebrant 129, Lucas Nistler 133.

Grant County-Flasher 410: Peyton Gabrielson 87, Grant Schafer 104, Hunter Roth 108, Brett Gabrielson 111.

Hazen 412: Josh Bitterman 96, Tyler Wolf 96, Isaak Obenauer 106, Dayton Seborg 114, Shane Baardson 121, Sawyer Reinhardt 130.

West Morton County 415: Gehrig Geiss 79, Evan Henke 109, Alex Leingang 110, Skylar Soupir 117, Tayt Wolding 128, Rylee Kuhn 134.

Southern McLean: Jack Zimmerman 84, Gunner Hyttinen 92, Colten Hyttinen 101, Parker Schmidt 147.

Hettinger-Scranton: Nevan Weaver 98.

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