Tom Mix, Published May 30 2012
Talley rallies for medalist honors as Kindred wins Class B state boys golf title
The Vikings senior golfer won individual medalist honors with a two-day total of 149 and also celebrated a team championship with his Kindred teammates at the North Dakota Class B state boys golf meet at Oxbow Country Club. Kindred won its second straight team championship, shooting a 631.
Talley, an Oxbow resident, won in front of a hometown crowd on his home course.
“I played really well,” Talley said of his even-par 72 in the final round. “I didn’t start out the greatest, but I came back in the back nine. I wanted to win the team title first, but the individual championship is great too.
“To win on my home course was really cool with all my neighbors watching.”
Talley entered the final day in third place, trailing Northern Lights’ Nick Myhre by four strokes. He trailed Myhre by six strokes heading into the final nine holes. Myhre finished second with a 151.
A bogey on the 10th hole was Talley’s low-point of the day. From there it was nothing but pars and birdies. He birdied holes 14, 16 and 17.
He made up two strokes on the 11th hole after Myhre double-bogeyed and gained two more strokes when Myhre bogeyed on 12 and 13. Both players birdied 14, but after Myhre bogeyed and Talley birded 16, they were knotted up with two holes left.
A birdie on 17 and a par on 18 sealed the title for Talley.
“I knew I had a chance going into the day only four strokes back,” Talley said. “On this course four strokes is nothing. The birdie on 14 really got me going and the birdies on 16 and 17 got me pumped. I finished with a par, which was icing on the cake.”
“He made a charge making birdies on 14, 16 and 17 and they weren’t birdies that came from 40 feet away, they were stuck in there pretty tight,” said Kindred head coach Perry Piatz who was named coach of the year. “He was playing with great confidence.”
“He looked calm and collected out there. He played his game, trusted it and good things happened.”
Talley becomes the first Kindred golfer to earn medalist honors since Casey Nelson won in 2001.
The Vikings dominated the team race, winning by 43 strokes. Fargo Oak Grove finished second with 674. Dickinson Trinity took third with 675.
“We started a little slow and I think they kind of just settled in,” Piatz said. “They started playing the kind of golf they are capable of playing. These kids put in a lot of time this year. They deserve to be where they are at right now.”
Fargo Oak Grove senior Michael Rustvang, the defending medalist, entered the day two shots off the lead, but finished the meet with a 154 for fourth place.
Rustvang is also an Oxbow resident and neighbor of Talley. They have grown up playing golf in Oxbow, and playing in the same group on the final day of their respective careers was something Rustvang said was special.
“Today really wasn’t my day,” Rustvang said. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but I was really happy I got to play with one of my best friends.” “I’m really happy for him, and if anyone else would have won it, I would have wanted it to be him.”
Kindred eighth-grader Cody Pulczinski finished fifth with a 159, joining Talley and teammates Blake Anderson (161) and Ian Anderson (162) in all-state recognition.
Ellery Bresnahan paced Central Cass with a two-day total of 159 for all-state honors. The Squirrels finished fourth in the team race with a 688.
South Border’s Danny Sayler also earned all-state honors with a 160.
Team scores: Kindred 631, Fargo Oak Grove 674, Dickinson Trinity 675, Central Cass 688, Rugby 697, Park River 702, Lewis & Clark 704, Heart River 712, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 721, Edgeley-Kulm 723, Grafton 728, Beulah 731, South Border 732, Hatton-Northwood 735, Stanley 754, Harvey-Wells County 766, Minot Bishop Ryan 768, Napoleon 830.
1, Talley, Kindred, 149. 2, Myhre, Northern Lights, 151. 3, McLinton, Rugby 153. 4, Rustvang, OG, 154. 5, (tie) C. Pulczinski, K; Bresnahan, CC, 159. 7, Sayler, SB, 160. 8, (tie) B. Anderson, Kindred; Wagner, HR, 161. 10, I. Anderson, Kindred, 162. 11, (tie) Ross, LC, Rothe, Hazen, 163. 13, (tie) Meidinger, Linton-HMB; Brouillard, PR; Williams, Central Prairie; Jahner, DT, 166. 17, Knopik, DT, 167. 18, (tie) Goehring, OG; Pender, DT; Elm, MBR, 168. 21, (tie) Jenson, LC; Knox, Ray; DeLaurier, EK, 169.
24, (tie) Holland, Kindred; Miller, HR; Diegel, EK, 170. 27, (tie) Landman, Larimore; Young, Benson County; Ratchenski, Pembina County North; Blaskowski, Carrington, 171. 31, (tie) A. Pulczinski, Kindred; Braaten, Westhope-Newburg; Arendt, PR; Hogue, Our Redeemer, 173. 35, Rieniets, CC, 174. 36, (tie) Stanga, OG; Iverson, Beulah; Geritz, CC; Carlson, MLS; Harris, Kenmare; Fifer, Tioga, 175. 42, (tie) Monson, Bottineau; Friske, DT, 176. 44, (tie) Poitra, Dunseith; Gudgel, PR; Robideaux, Grafton; Berub, Rugby, 177. 48, (tie) Kretchman, OG; Knutson, Hatton-Northwood; Brown, MLS, 178.
51, (tie) Card, OG; Rehovsky, CC; Krebs, HR; Lindahl, LC; Christianson, SC; Preston, Hillsboro-Central Valley, 180. 57, (tie) Lakoduk, Velva; Marchus, Harvey-Wells County; Miller, Rugby; Fettig, Napoleon, 181. 61, Kessler, Beulah, 182. 62, (tie) Hanson, Stanley; Sand, Grafton; Rueb, SB; Antonson, HN, 183. 66, (tie) Vachal, Stanley; Scherr, MLS; Stanley, MLS, 184. 69, (tie) Dangerfield, OG; Leer, Rugby, 185. 71, (tie) Johnson, HN; Leier, Hazen; Schumann, Carrington; Jiskra, Grafton; Havlorson, Rugby, 186.
76, (tie) Rehovsky, PR; Hulse, WN, 187, 78, (tie) L. Obrigewitch, Beulah; Madcke, EK; Geritz, CC; Feltman, Grafton; Borud, Stanley, 188. 83, (tie) Morris, Beulah; Lundquist, Grafton 189. 85, (tie) Pokorny, DT; H. Obrigewitch, Beulah, 191. 87, (tie) Lee, DT; Peisar, LC, 192. 89, (tie) Baril, CC; Weber, SB, 193. 91, Candrian, Beulah; Houchin, HWC; Knudtson, HWC, 194. 94, (tie) Stadum, Rugby; Anderson, Velva, 195. 96, (tie) Wentz, NS; Madcke, EK; Dohns, OR, 197.
99, (tie) Nelson, MBR; Hagemeister, HWC; Kretschmar, SB, 197. 102, (tie) Heisler, NS; Knutson, HN; Wishek, SB, 198. 105, Ladwig, Stanley; Knoll SB; Yale, LC, 199. 108, (tie) Berg, Hazen; Johnson, PR; Merck, MBR, 200. 111, Ketaor, HR, 201. 112, Ruzicka, PR, 205. 113, (tie) Fettig, Napoleon; Ziliak, MLS, 208. 115, (tie) Wald, MBR; Hastings, EK, 210. 117, (tie) Fregien, EK; Shafer, MBR; Pederson, HN, 211. 120, (tie) Ensrude, Grafton; Enger, Stanley; Jangula, Napoleon, 214. 123, Pool, HR, 215. 124, Borud, Stanley, 219.
125, Ledoux, MLS, 220. 126, Brown, LC, 221. 127, Jangula, Napoleon, 227. 128, (tie) Vaudt, MBR; Kubas, HR, 228. 130, Goldade, HWC, 229. 131, Wagner, HWC, 230.
All State honors
Kindred: Talley, C. Pulczinski, I. Anderson, B. Anderson. Northern Lights: Myhre. Rugby: McClintock. Fargo Oak Grove: Rustvang. Central Cass: Bresnahan. South Border: Danny Sayler. Heart River: Joe Wagner.
Senior Athlete of the year
Michael Rustvang, Fargo Oak Grove
Coach of the Year
Perry Piatz, Kindred
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