Trinity’s Lee earns medalist honors, Cougars boys golf takes first at Heart River Invite
SOUTH HEART -- A pattern started to take shape for Jaret Lee on Thursday.After each shot he wasn't happy with -- or after each shot that put him in a precarious situation -- the Dickinson Trinity senior golfer came back with something that correc...
SOUTH HEART - A pattern started to take shape for Jaret Lee on Thursday.
After each shot he wasn’t happy with - or after each shot that put him in a precarious situation - the Dickinson Trinity senior golfer came back with something that corrected his mistake.
Lee overcame a 2-over-par on the front nine to finish with a par 72 to take medalist honors at the Heart River Invitational at Pheasant Country Golf Course.
“I just knew 2-over wasn’t going to win. I knew I had to come back at some point,” Lee said. “You’ve got to keep the confidence up, really. You can’t have one bad hole keep you down.”
Lee won by two strokes over Heart River’s Joey Wagner and Jayden Ewoniuk, who both carded 74s.
The Cougars took the team title with a score of 306. The Titans placed second with a team score of 344, and Beulah finished in third at 348.
Trinity’s Willy Jahner golfed a 75 for fourth place, and Heart River’s Trace Jacobson placed fifth with a 78. Beulah’s Michael Schmidt turned in an 80 for sixth place. Each of the top five placers qualified by score for the state tournament.
Lee started his day with a bogey on the 18th hole but tried his best to not let it get to him. He shot a 38 through nine holes, but kept himself competitive enough through the turn to know he was still in contention.
“I was just telling myself to take it one hole at a time,” he said.
Over the course of the round, Lee’s steadfastness paid off.
On 9, he landed in the water but salvaged a par.
“I took a drop, had it behind a tree so I couldn’t see the pin and I stuck it within 6 feet,” he said.
Lee bogeyed 10 but came right back to birdie 11. His tee shot on 12 went a little left but a nice chip to within a foot of the cup put him at ease.
Lee birdied 16 and - if not for a 5-footer that lipped out - would have birdied 17, but he recorded par to end his day.
“I tried to come back with the best I could with the confidence I had left after the front nine,” Lee said.
With Lee charging, Wagner felt himself fading. He shot a 35 through nine holes but recorded a 39 on the back half of the course.
“I kind of just pulled together a 74,” Wagner said. “It didn’t feel like a 74. I didn’t play that well. A couple of the guys on our team played well today, but I’m not satisfied with my performance. … My driver was pretty good. Other than that, my wedge game was pretty mediocre. Putting was not good at all. I had 32, 33 putts - way more than I should have. That’s definitely something I’m going to be working on leading up to state and regionals.”
Ewoniuk felt steady all day, shooting identical 37s on the front and back nine on the way to his 74.
“I feel like I played pretty good, but I left a few shots out there,” he said. “I know the course pretty well, so I kind of know what stuff’s going to do and where to play it. That helps a lot.”
Heart River’s three other golfers all finished in the low 80s; Tayden Jacobson shot an 80 while Seth Keator and Jett Mattson carded an 83 and 84, respectively.
The Cougars have been focused all year toward bringing home the program’s first boys Region 5 team title. They and the Titans head to the East-West Classic in Jamestown today and Saturday but return to Heart River Golf Course next Thursday to contend for the title.
“It would be kind of cool to be the first (Cougars team to win it), but hopefully next week we’ll set the tone for what we’re trying to do at state too,” Wagner said. “We definitely have our goals set high, and everybody is looking to achieve them.”
Team scores: 1, Heart River 306. 2, Dickinson Trinity 344. 3, Beulah 348. 4, Beach 405. 5, Bowman County 407. 6, Grant County/Flasher 411. 7, Western Morton County 421. 8, Killdeer 425. 9, Hazen 438. 10, Bismarck Shiloh Christian 488. 11, Standing Rock 541.
Top individuals: 1, Jaret Lee, DT, 72. 2 (tie), Jayden Ewoniuk, HR; Joey Wagner, HR, 74. 4, Willy Jahner, DT, 75. 5, Trace Jacobson, HR, 78. 6, Michael Schmidt, Beu, 80.
Heart River 306: Joey Wagner 74, Jayden Ewoniuk 74, Trace Jacobson 78, Tayden Jacobson 80, Seth Keator 83, Jett Mattson 84.
Dickinson Trinity 344: Jaret Lee 72, Willy Jahner 75, Dillon Praus 97, Matt Tessier 100, Cole Fitterer 104, Peter Pavek 110.
Beulah 348: Michael Schmidt 80, Jase Sailer 81, Joe Swenson 92, Ren Swenson 95, Nate Burge 97, Hunter Schroetlin 107.
Beach 405: Alex Novotny 97, Gunnar Farstveet 101, Scott Lund 101, Matt Hilderbrant 106, Lucas Nistler 130, Cole Erickson 134.
Bowman County 407: Andrew Narun 92, Jacob Boehm 93, Parker Krebsbach 109, Eli Heyen 113, Nate Boehm 118.
Grant County-Flasher 411: Peyton Gabrielson 87, Hunter Roth 101, Grant Schafer 107, Brett Gabrielson 116.
Western Morton County 421: Gehrig Giess 82, Alex Leingang 112, Tayt Wolding 113, Evan Henke 114, Riley Kuhn 122, Skylar Soupir 131.
Killdeer 425: Zach Anderson 99, Tony Kluver 103, Jon Tomjack 108, Mike Hutchison 115, Ryan Zastoupil 118.
Hazen 438: Josh Bitterman 97, Dayton Seborg 109, Tyler Wolf 111, Isaak Obenauer 121.
Shiloh 488: Luke Wanzek 111, Marshall Reikow 121, Hunter Sifert 124, Daniel Murray 132, Jaxon Voller 134, John Dolbec 135.
Standing Rock 541: Trevor Kuntz 117, Tyler Elk 136, Wakiya Elk 143, Cayden Carryn Moccasin 145, Gavin Wilford 154.
Hettinger-Scranton: Nevan Weaver 113, Ben Were 117.
Southern McLean: Jack Zimmerman 90.