Pin seekers: Dickinson clinches win in final meet

Dickinson won their first golf meet of the season, winning the tiebreaker over St. Mary’s at the Williston Invite. DHS’s No. 5 player Josh Hood had the top score overall with a 79.

Evan Groll takes a deep breath before tapping his ball into the 17th hole. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

Before the Williston Invitational the highest place the Midgets finished at any meet was fourth place — falling shy of the podium four different times.

Tides would turn however on DATE as patience would favor Dickinson as they tied St. Mary’s with the best team score with a 348 final scorecard. The tiebreaker would come down to the fifth best score on each team and a four point difference.

The Midget’s Evan Groll edged out St. Mary’s Zach Schmidt 101 to 105 to give Dickinson their first team victory of the season.

It was a windy day at the Links of North Dakota, where Head Coach Sara Berglund said the best scores might be higher than usual.

“Everyone was talking about a mid 80s round would be a great score that day,” Berglund said. “The greens were so quick you could barely keep the ball on it, the wind would blow it off. It was a tough day of golf.”


This made Josh Hood’s score of 79 look more impressive, as he was a medalist with the best score of the invite.

“He had one of the best days he has ever had,” Berglund said. “There was a lot of natural grass there and you could get into trouble. He took advantage of the holes where the wind was at his back and he played them well. He put himself into a lot of opportunities for birdies.”

Bismarck Century and Minot, who took turns in the top two spots in the other WDA meets, were slightly off their game this time around, with Minot in third with 355 and Century taking fourth with 356.

Dickinson has consistently placed in the middle of the pack throughout the WDA season, finishing no higher than fourth, but never lower than sixth.

“There has been a lot of inconsistency with our players,” Berglund said. “They’ll play well and then have a mid 90s score. There’s been a few tournaments where our six and seven players rotated quite a bit because it was tough to know who to play in the top six because of that inconsistency.”

The Midget’s usual top golfer Jack Homiston had the second best score for Dickinson, an 88, tied for eighth. Homiston has already punched his ticket to the state tournament courtesy of a 75 he shot at the Mandan Invite on May 11.

Dickinson’s regular season results bodes well for their state tournament hopes, as the top six teams at the WDA tournament will advance to the Class A tournament in Bismarck on June 8-9.

“We’re hoping we can take the momentum from this tournament into the next one,” Berglund said. “We’re still looking for those improvements we can make and hoping we can play at the top of our game so we can place in the top six.”

Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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