Red River's Van Raden paces the field: Fargo Davies tops team leaderboard with a six-shot lead
DICKINSON -- Adam Van Raden has had better days--physically that is. Under the weather battling a sore throat, the Grand Forks Red River senior showed no ill effects on the golf course. Backed by a blistering performance on the back nine, Van Rad...
DICKINSON - Adam Van Raden has had better days-physically that is.
Under the weather battling a sore throat, the Grand Forks Red River senior showed no ill effects on the golf course.
Backed by a blistering performance on the back nine, Van Raden fired a first-round score of 69, sitting alone atop the individual leaderboard of the Class A Boys Golf State Tournament at the Heart River Golf Course on Tuesday, June 5.
Shooting even par on the front nine, Van Raden especially did well on the three par fives on the back nine, eagling the 13th hole and closing with birdies on the 16th and 18th.
"I didn't really hit the ball that well, but I capitalized on all the opportunities I had for birdie and made a lot of pars," Van Raden said. "It's nice not to strike the ball very well but make a few putts and shoot a decent score."
Van Raden holds a one-stroke lead over Wahpeton freshman Bridger Hansen and West Fargo junior Cade Peterson. The foursome of Packers sophomore Zach Teske, West Fargo Sheyenne sophomore Blaze Ackerland and Fargo Davies senior teammates Matt Kulla and Dylan Naylor are two shots back.
Aided by junior Ethan Olson, who shot a first-day mark of 72, and senior Alex Skarperud, who finished with an opening-round score of 74, the Eagles placed four golfers in the top 12.
Those four golfers combined to fire a 288, giving Fargo Davies a six-stroke team lead.
"I think some of the guys showed a little bit of nerves at the beginning. After settling in, I think some guys showed a lot of grit to finish the round the way they did," Eagles head coach Adam Gronaas said. "I had some guys coming in with a lot of birdies on their last or finishing stretch, which really helped us. It could have gone either way at that point, towards the middle of their round, but they really buckled down and showed that determination to finish the round and finish it well."
In an event held in the western part of the state, the top four teams all hail from the east. The defending champions, Grand Forks Red River, carded a 294 and are six off of the lead. West Fargo and Grand Forks Central follow, seven and nine strokes behind, respectively.
"The course is playing pretty nice; the wind is down so it's been fun to play," Roughriders head coach Merle Mikkelsen said. "I had some surprises from kids that played better than I thought they would play and some that had been playing better who are not playing as well. But Adam is Mr. Consistency and he's right there where he usually plays. We're really hoping that this course will give him a chance to be the medalist this time."
Winning the West Region Tournament on the same course just one week earlier, Minot rounds out the top five with a team score of 303. The Magicians are led by seniors Easton Evanoff and Kessler, who are locked in a six-way tie for 14th after firing a 75. Fellow senior Spencer Ross is one shot behind, knotted in a five-way tie for 20th.
"Truthfully, a lot of really solid scores from our kids. I'm not upset at all about our play. We just ran into some really hot teams out there today that played just phenomenal golf," Minot head coach Shane Hannegrefs said. "We have one kid who is not feeling well in Kessler, who is a really good player. He shot a 75 today. ... so for his effort, it's tremendous what he shot today, just finishing his round."
Host Dickinson struggled to gain much footing in its backyard, finishing day one in 12th after a team mark of 353. As part of a nine-way tie for 54th, senior Hunter Myran is the highest-placing Midget after shooting a 84.
"It was rough today. I think a lot of the guys went out there thinking that it's our home course and they put a lot of pressure on themselves," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "Thankfully, tomorrow is a new day and they can put today behind them."
Class A State Tournament
Round one results
At Heart River Golf Course
Team scores: 1, Fargo Davies, 288. 2, Grand Forks Red River, 294. 3, West Fargo, 295. 4, Grand Forks Central, 297. 5, Minot High, 303. 6, Bismarck Century, 308. 7, West Fargo Sheyenne, 309. 8, Fargo North, 323. 9, Bismarck High, 331. T10, Mandan, 332. T10, Bismarck St. Mary's 332. 12, Dickinson, 353.
Individual top 10: 1, Adam Van Raden, GFRR, 69. T2, Bridger Hansen, Wahpeton, 70. T2, Cade Peterson, WF, 70. T4, Blaze Ackerland, WFS, 71. T4, Dylan Naylor, FD, 71. T4, Matt Kulla, FD, 71. T4, Zach Teske, WF, 71. T8, Ethan Olson, FD, 72. T8, Jackson Worner, WF, 72. T10, Brandon McGarry, GFC, 73. T10, Koby Kuenzel, GFRR, 73.
Other individual scores: T12, Alex Skarperud, FD, 74. T12, Cole Hansen, GFC, 74. T14, Braden Panzer, GFC, 75. T14, Brady McGarry, GFC, 75. T14, Easton Evanoff, Mi., 75. T14, Kessler Heilman, Mi., 75. T14, Mat Halvorson, GRR, 75. T14, Trey Hohbein, Ma., 75. T20, Ben Wilson, BSM, 76. T20, Jack Olson, FD, 76. T20, Jackson Ward, BC, 76. T20, Logan Rush, BC, 76. T20, Spencer Ross, Mi., 76.
T25, Bryce Bye, FD, 77. T25, Jack Lindgren, GFRR, 77. T25, Otto Langhans, Mi., 77. T25, Zach Hinschberger, GFRR, 77. T29, Adam Parkinson, WFS, 78. T29, Alex Flam, BC, 78. T29, Layton Bartley, WFS, 78. T29, Luke Olson, FN, 78.
34, Nick Carlson, Shanley, 79. T35, Carson Seng, GFC, 80. T35, Drew Nelson, FN, 80. T35, Gavin Argent, Mi., 80. T35, Jack Demke, Mi., 80. T35, Zach Johnson, BC, 80. 40, Derek Burr, B, 81.
T41, Carson Harrington, WF, 82. T41, Damyn Boyce, Mi., 82. T41, David Kaiser, B, 82. T41, Jackson GIlchrist, BSM, 82. T41, Jaden Welk, WF, 82. T41, Keaton Gilbertson, GFRR, 82. T41, Parker Philbrick, FN, 82. T41, Seth Badolato, GFRR, 82. T41, Tyler Berg, WF, 82.
T51, Ben Traynor, S, 83. T51, Joey Kennelly, GFC, 83. T51, Owen Bartz, FN, 83. T54, A.J. Jerome, B, 84. T54, Carter Peratt, FN, 84. T54, Casey Krank, WFS, 84. T54, Hunter Myran, D, 84. T54, Ian Jelsing, B, 84. T54, Logan Barrett, BL, 84. T54, Logan Schauer, WFS, 84. T54, Tucker Hermes, W, 84. T54, Tyce Halter, B, 84.
T63, Alex Wilson, BSM, 85. T63, Evan Erickson, BC, 85. T63, Sam Peterson, Ma., 85. T63, Sean Seefeld, Ma., 85. 67, Austin Streifel, FN, 86. 68, Josh Clark, Ma., 87. 69, Dylan Pokorny, D, 88. T70, Adam Moch, Ma., 89. T70, Caleb Fix, BSM, 89. T70, Cooper Freije, WFS, 89. T70, Dylan Gross, BSM, 89.
T74, Aidan Levorsen, D, 90. T74, Devin Liscomb, Ma., 90. 76, Logan Greef, D, 91. T77, Gavin Loscheider, GFRR, 93. T77, Robert Currie, D, 93. 79, Cole Gendreau, BSM, 95. 80, Evan Lawhead, D, 97.
81, Jack Steckler, B, 98.