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Local golfers Myran, Geiss to compete at national tournaments

Dickinson High's Hunter Myran felt he came on strong at the end of his junior season, and he needed no further evidence than his showing on June 16 in Bismarck.

Western Morton County eighth-grader Gehrig Geiss hits from the tee box on hole No. 13 on Thursday at Pheasant Country Golf Course. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Western Morton County eighth-grader Gehrig Geiss hits from the tee box on hole No. 13 on May 11 at Pheasant Country Golf Course in South Heart. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson High's Hunter Myran felt he came on strong at the end of his junior season, and he needed no further evidence than his showing on June 16 in Bismarck.

Myran carded a score of 75 at Riverwood Golf Course during the Optimist Junior Golf District Qualifier, placing first in the 16-18 age division and qualifying for the International Junior Golf Championship July 28-Aug. 2 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"When I won, it was kind of unreal that I actually did it," he said. "Once I get to Florida, I feel like the competition there is going to be pretty tough. I bet they're going to be pretty good over there. It's going to be hard to stack up against them."

Myran shot a team-leading 83 on the final day of the Class A boys golf state tournament in Grand Forks at the beginning of June, and he said he thinks that performance carried him into a nice showing at Riverwood.

"Near the beginning of the high school season I wasn't that good, but at the end I actually started finding my form," he said. "Playing that well at Riverwood was a big step up from where I was at by quite a few shots.

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"I like Riverwood as a course a lot. You just have to hit it moderately straight and keep it in play. What really got me was I putted really well. The week before, I had practiced putting almost the whole week, and when I got there, I just looked at a putt and it went in. I don't think I really missed. My driving, on the other hand, wasn't that good, but I could still get up and down most of the time, and that's what saved me."

At the qualifier, Myran was the only golfer in his age group that shot a qualifying score of 78 or better. He hopes he can continue that kind of success into his final season at Dickinson High.

"Knowing that I can win and play good and beat other people is big because before I could never do that," he said, "and doing this now really does step it up."

Before that, though, he's looking forward to playing against some of the best in the country at PGA National Golf Club.

"We've gone (to Florida) on a family vacation, but I've never golfed there," Myran said. "I can't wait to play there. They play a PGA Tour event there, so it will be cool to play on a course that the pros play on."

Geiss earns invite to prestigious Las Vegas tournament

Western Morton County golfer Gehrig Geiss will be entering just his freshman year in Glen Ullin this upcoming fall, but he's already a seasoned veteran of some of the country's premier golf tournaments.

Geiss learned this week that he qualified to attend the World Stars of Junior Golf Tournament in Las Vegas for the fourth time in his young career.

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"It's a lot of fun because you get to play against different types of competition," Geiss said. "It's people from all over the world. There are very few people from the United States that get to go to it, and it's a whole different skill level. It's fun to see the different types of playing styles."

From July 16-20, Geiss will compete in the 13-14 age range at Paiute Golf Club.

To earn an invite to such a prestigious event, each golfer has to submit a resume of their golfing accomplishments. Just in the last year, Geiss built his credibility by placing second on the Rocky Mountain Junior Tour last July; placing third in Region 5's regional meet at Medora's Bully Pulpit Golf Course in mid-May; and placing 11th at the Class B boys golf state meet in late May with a two-day total of 165 (81-84) at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan.

Geiss first qualified for the World Stars of Junior Golf Tournament in 2011 when, as an 8-year-old, he won a qualifier at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale, Minn. In 2015, he earned his highest finish in Las Vegas, coming in at 16th.

On one of the most challenging courses in Nevada - and undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in the country - Geiss will use the tournament as an opportunity to gauge his game against that of his peers.

"I think it helps me because I'll see kids who are just like me, but I'll see what they're better at," he said. "So if they chip and putt better, I can see how I can improve my game based on how they play. I get excited about it because it's stuff you don't usually get to see."

Dickinson High's Hunter Myran flashes a smile after placing first among 16-18 year-old golfers at the Optimist Junior Golf District Qualifier on June 16 at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck. (Submitted by Lisa Myran)
Dickinson High's Hunter Myran flashes a smile after placing first among 16-18 year-old golfers at the Optimist Junior Golf District Qualifier on June 16 at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck. (Submitted by Lisa Myran)

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