Driving with confidence: Titans’ Fitterer pulls off close win on home course
All spring, Heart River senior Jett Mattson and Western Morton County sophomore Gehrig Geiss have taken the crown at every single golf contest.
On Tuesday, May 14, Dickinson Trinity sophomore Cole Fitterer changed that, medaling on his home course.
Neck-and-neck with Mattson the whole way, Fitterer pulled ahead in the final three holes at Heart River Golf Course to finish with a 73, one stroke better than Mattson's 74.
In team scoring, Western Morton County edged out Dickinson Trinity in a tie of 335 strokes by way of a fifth-golfer tiebreaker. Heart River finished third and Killdeer picked up a fourth-place finish.
"Cole played great. He was hitting the driver really well, with confidence," Dickinson Trinity head coach Jake Selinger said. "If we get some putts rolling for him, he's going to be able to go real low. He's peaking at the right time."
At the 15th hole, Mattson took a one-stroke lead with what he called a "lucky break."
"I hit the cart path, then hit a tree, and it bounced right down and I made up-and-down from there," he said. "That could have been easily from there a double bogey and it was a par."
Both had solid tee offs on hole 16, which features a narrow fairway. Following their second shots, Mattson was on the near side of the green and Fitterer was on the farside, but both executed their chips perfectly, getting the ball to within a yard of the hole before using one putt to sink it.
Hole eighteen sealed the deal for the Titans sophomore when Mattson teed off to the left into a bunker. He recovered well on his next shot, but three-putted to end the day. Fitterer's final tee off soared straight up the fairway, the farthest among his group.
"My thought going into 18 was that he's gonna birdie and I'm gonna have to try to eagle this one," Fitterer said. "I hit a good drive, just didn't hit a good second shot but still was able to scramble a birdie out of it."
Golfing alongside Fitterer and Mattson was Beulah's No. 1 golfer, seventh grader Champ Hettich. Hettich said he enjoys golfing with the top crew and has learned a few pointers from the seasoned group.
"Just keep your head up and be confident," Hettich said.
With an 81, Hettich took sixth, while Bowman County's Andrew Narum earned third with a 79, and sophomore Grant Gerving of Western Morton County placed fifth with an 80.
Geiss, who has been raking in the wins this spring, was also in the top group of golfers. Brought down by a nine on 13 and a seven on hole 16, he swung for a 79, placing fourth. He parred the final two holes, hoping to help his team.
His effort put Western Morton County and Dickinson Trinity into a tie at 335 strokes. The tiebreaker turned to the fifth golfer on each team.
Titans No. 5 golfer, senior Ethan Hickel, earned a 92 on the day, while the Western Morton County No. 5 golfer, senior Chauncey Dittus, swung for a 91.
"This is Chauncey's fourth year playing golf and we never really use his score yet," Western Morton County head coach Jordan Kautzman said. "Last Saturday in Jamestown, he had a pretty decent score, his personal best at an 87. We still didn't end up using his score, so for today it to come down to him and actually take his score, I think that's pretty exciting."
At Heart River Golf Course
Team scores: 1, Western Morton County 335 (5th golfer tie breaker). 2, Dickinson Trinity 335. 3, Heart River 365. 4, Killdeer 368. 5, Bowman County 371. 5, Hazen 371. 6, Shiloh Christian 402.
Individual top 10: 1, Cole Fitterer, THS, 73. 2, Jett Mattson, HR, 74. 3, Andrew Narum, BC, 79. 4, Gehrig Geiss, WMC, 79. 5, Grant Gerving, WMC, 80. 6, Champ Hettich, B, 81. 7, Mason Wick, H, 82. 8, Nick Fagerberg, HR, 83. 9, Tayt Wolding, WMC, 85. 10, Zane Pittsley, K, 86. 10, Tyler Brusseau, THS, 86. 10, Chris Schneider, THS, 86.
Beulah: Luke Feil 91. Brooks Vigessa 99.
Bowman County: Nate Boehm 90. Eli Heyen 100. Keiven Coyle 102. Luke Kardowsky 112. Blake Wolbaum 141.
Dickinson: Cade Fitterer 90. Ethan Hickel 92. Brendan Berger 95.
Grant County-Flasher: Brett Gabrielson 92. Jon Bogert 98. Travis Hoff 99.
Hazen: Shane Baardson 92. Dayton Seborg 98. Jake Driscoll 99. Tyson Wick 101. Dawson Kaylor 101.
Heart River: Jayce Roller 102. Shay Olson 106. Lance Kostelecky 108.
Killdeer: Zack Anderson 87. Ryan Zastoupil 87. Ian Dukart 108. Dayne Fredericks 115. Birch Bang 127.
Shiloh Christian: Marshall Reikow 95. Jay Wanzek 95. Andrew Ring 102. Kaleb Anderson 110. Braxton Bowers 112. Daniel Murray 119.
Western Morton County: Evan Henke 91. Chauncey Dittus 91. Tyus Thomas 96.