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Tom Mix, Published May 29 2012

Kindred grabs control at ND Class B state boys golf meet

OXBOW, N.D. – So far, so good for the Kindred boys golf team in its quest to repeat as state champion.

The Vikings posted a team total of 320 in spite of cool temps and high winds on Tuesday at the North Dakota Class B state meet at Oxbow Country Club.

Region 2 dominated the team competition, with Kindred holding an eight-stroke lead over Fargo Oak Grove. Central Cass collected a team total of 346 and sat in third entering the final day of competition, which begins at 9 a.m. today.

“We were just trying to battle the weather out there and grind it out,” Kindred head coach Perry Piatz said. “Some of the kids were coming off after nine holes and were a little frustrated because their scores weren’t as good as what they thought they would be, but we are happy with where we are at.”

Nick Myhre of Northern Lights leads the individual competition after the first day, carding a 1-over 73.

Fargo Oak Grove senior Michael Rustvang sits in second place, two strokes behind Myhre with a 75. Rustvang, who is the defending Class B champion, was an even-par 36 after the first nine holes, but bogeyed holes 12, 14 and 15 to finish 3 over on the back nine. He had a chance to birdie on 18, but had a putt just miss the cup.

“I had a few little putts that definitely should have gone in, but overall I’m pretty happy with how I played,” Rustvang said. “I didn’t hit the ball the greatest, but my short game was pretty solid.”

David Talley paced the Vikings with a 5-over 77, which placed him third.

Talley double-bogeyed two holes on the front nine, but also had three birdies in his round.

“I had a couple of rough holes,” Talley said. “I didn’t finish the front nine the way I would have liked. I double-bogeyed Hole 9 at the end, but I wasn’t too mad about it.”

“I was pretty happy with how I played, considering the conditions. My drives were clicking and my putting was going well too.”

He is still within striking distance of Myhre and Rustvang, which the senior said is right where he wanted to be after the first day.

Being first in the team title chase also suits Talley just fine.

“That’s pretty much why we came here,” Talley said. “As a team we want to win it and we want to win it by a lot.”

Cody Pulczinski, Ian Anderson and Blake Anderson each carded 81s for the Vikings and are tied for fifth place.

Ellery Bresnahan paced the Squirrels with an 82.

First round

Team scores: Kindred 320, Fargo Oak Grove 328, Central Cass 346, Park River 349, Dickinson Trinity 357, Rugby 365, Lewis & Clark 365, Heart River 367, South Border 369, Hatton-Northwood 371, Beulah 373, Stanley 374, Edgeley-Kulm 376, MLS 376, Grafton 378, Minot Ryan 390, Harvey-Wells County 396, Napoleon 431.

Individual scorers

1, Myhre, Northern Lights, 73. 2, Rustvang, OG, 75. 3, Talley, K, 77. 4, McClintock, Rug., 80. 5 (tie) C. Pulczinski, K; B. Anderson, K; I. Anderson, K, Brouillard, PR; and Meidinger, Linton-HMB, 81. 10 (tie) Goehring, OG; Bresnahan, CC and Wagner, HR, 82.

14 (tie), A. Pulczinski, K, and Ross, L&C, 84. 16, Kretchman, OG; Jenson, L&C; Landman, Larimore; Rothe, Haz., 85. 20 (tie), Card, OG; Rieniets, CC and Williams, Central Prairie, 86.

23 (tie), Young, Benson County; Holland, K, Stanga, OG; Pender, DT; Knopik, DT and Poitra, Dunseith, 87. 29 (tie), Ratchenski, Pembina Co. North; Gudgel, PR; Miller, HR and Vachal, S, 88.

33 (tie), Braaten, West Hope; Diegel, EK; Geritz, CC; Rehovsky, CC; Knutson, HN; Rehovsky, PR; Elm, Minot Ryan; Jahner, DT; Iverson, Beulah; Hanson, Stanley; Lakoduk, Velva, 89.

45, Dangerfield, OG; Carlson, MLS; Blaskowski, Carrington, 90. 48 (tie), Arendt, PR; Marchus, HWC; Krebs, HR; Lindahl, LC; Christianson, SC; Monson, Bottineau, 91.

54 (tie), Hogue, Our Redeemer-CS; Rueb, SB; DeLaurier, EK; Johnson, HN; Sand, G; Pokorny, DT; Brown, MLS; Leier, Hazen; Fifer, Tioga; Harris, Kenmare, 92.

64 (tie), Schumann, Carrington; Baril, CC, 93. 66 (tie), Heisler, North Star; Antonson, HN; Robideaux, G; Jiskra, G; Berube, R; Miller, R; Nelson, MR; Friske, DT; Kessler, B; Morris, B, 94.

76 (tie), Madcke, EK; Weber, SB; Fettig, N; Obrigewitch, B; Scherr, MLS; Preston, Hillsboro-Central Valley, 95.

82 (tie), Knutson, HN; Leer, R; Stadum, R; Lee, DT; Obrigewitch, B, 96. 87 (tie), Geritz, CC; Halvorson, R, 97. 89 (tie), Feltman, G; Borud, Stanley; Hulse, West Hope, 98.

92 (tie), Anderson, Velva; Kretschmar, SB; Hagemeister, HWC; Stanley, MLS; Ladwig, Stanley; Wentz, North Star, 99. 98 (tie), Knoll, SB; Madcke, EK, 100. 100 (tie), Wishek, SB; Wald, MR; Peisar, LC, 101.

103 (tie), Houchin, HWC; Candrian, B, 102. 105 (tie), Berg, Hazen; Lundquist, G; Johnson, PR, 103. 108 (tie), Ensrude, G; Knudtson, HWC; Keator, Heart River, 104.

111 (tie), Fettig, N; Ledoux, MLS; Yale, LC, 105. 114 (tie), Fregien, EK; Hastings, EK; Merck, MR; Pool, HR; Enger, Stanley, 106. 119 (tie), Ruzicka, PR; Borud, Stanley, 107.

121, Dohms, Our Redeemer-CS, 108. 122 (tie), Shafer, MR; Ziliak, MLS, 109. 124, Jangula, Napoleon, 113. 125 (tie), Vaudt, MR; Kubas, HR, 115. 127, Wagner, HWC, 116. 128, Jangula, N, 118. 129 (tie), Pederson, HN; Goldade, HWC, 119. 131, Brown, LC, 121.

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