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Michael Weber / Bismarck Tribune, Published May 29 2013

Kindred boys golf picks up third straight state title

MANDAN, N.D. – Kindred held on for its third consecutive North Dakota Class B state boys golf championship.

The Vikings held a four-stroke lead over Central Cass after Tuesday’s first round, and wound up eight strokes better than runner-up Dickinson Trinity (652-660) after Wednesday’s final round at Prairie West Golf Course.

Both Kindred and Trinity carded second-round team scores of 323. Central Cass followed with a 661.

Ian Anderson, who placed in the top 10 last year, led the way for Kindred with a second-round 77. That was 11 strokes better than his first-round score.

“Ian was pretty disappointed about his first round. He knew he was capable of better,” Kindred coach Perry Piatz said. “He was in one of the early groups today, and we talked about him setting the tone for us. He had a 41 on the front nine, but he came back with a strong 36 on the back. The way he played today made a big difference.”

Blake Anderson added a 79, Cody Pulczinski an 80, and Austin Pulczinski an 87.

“Our top four kids have been getting it done all year,” Piatz said. “They gave us two solid rounds of golf in this tournament. The pressure was on and they came through.”

Northern Lights junior David Myhre went into Wednesday’s second and final round clinging to a one-stroke lead. At the end of the day, he boasted a three-stroke victory and his first individual state championship.

Myhre shot a 2-over 74 in the second round, finishing with a two-day total of 146. Danny Sayler of South Border, the Class B boys senior athlete of the year, placed second with a 149.

Nathaniel Knopik of Dickinson Trinity trailed Myhre by a stroke after the first round, but struggled on the back nine on Wednesday and finished in a tie for fourth (154) with Jaeden Jenson of Lewis & Clark-Berthold. Ellery Bresnahan of Central Cass placed third with a 153.

Last year Myhre carried a two-stroke lead into the final round, but wound up in second place, two strokes behind champion David Talley of Kindred.

“I knew it was going to be tough trying to hold the lead, but I had a pretty steady round of golf today,” said Myhre, who attends Rolette High School. “Last year I didn’t handle the pressure very well. It was different this time. I stayed focused on what I needed to do. I wasn’t worrying about anything else.”

Both Myhre and Knopik shot 37s on the front nine and remained separated by one stroke after 10 holes. Then Knopik ran into serious trouble on par-4 No. 11. The Trinity golfer quadruple-bogeyed the hole, while Myhre went par. The gave Myhre a five-stroke lead advantage over Knopik, who plunged into fourth place, one stroke behind Sayler and Bresnahan.

“Knopik got into a big mess on 11, and that widened the gap. I was able to breathe a little bit easier after that,” Myhre said. “I started playing more conservative. I was trying to finish well and not make any big mistakes.”

Myhre parred six of the last seven holes, while bogeying par-4 No. 14.

After not faring well in previous tournaments at Prairie West, Myhre turned in rounds of 72 and 74.

“This is the best I’ve ever golfed on this course,” Myhre said. “The practice rounds really helped me. Knowing I could play well here gave me confidence.”

Willy Jahner of Trinity had the best round of the day, a 1-under 71. That was 13 strokes better than Tuesday’s score.

Jeremy St. Aubin of South Border was named coach of the year.

Team scores: 1. Kindred 329-323–652. 2. Dickinson Trinity 337-323–660. 3. Central Cass 333-328–661. 4. Northern Lights 342-331–673. 5. South Border 340-341–681. 6. Beulah 340-345–685. 7. Fargo Oak Grove 341-347–688. 8. Heart River 351-339–690. 9. Rugby 357-339–696. 10. Minot Ryan 357-344–701. 11. Lewis & Clark-Berthold 359-350–709. 12. Hatton-Northwood-Thompson 366-350–716. 13. (tie)Park River 369-353–722 and Grafton 364-358–722. 15. Napoleon 387-369–756. 16. Sargent Central 378-384–762. 17. Watford City 386-377–763. 18. Kenmare 378-389–767.

Top 10 (all-state)

1. David Myhre, NL, 72-74–146. 2. David Sayler, SB, 74-75–149. 3. Ellery Bresnahan, CC, 78-75–153. 4. (tie) Nathaniel Knopik, DT, 73-81–154, and Jaeden Jenson, Berth, 79-75–154. 6. (tie) Blake Anderson, Kin, 76-79–155, and Willy Jahner, DT, 84-71–155. 8. Jack McClintock, Rug, 76-80–156. 9. Jake Preston, Hillsboro-Central Valley, 83-75–158. 10. Ryan Ross, Berth, 83-76–159.

Teams

Kindred (652): Blake Anderson 76-79–155, Cody Pulczinski 83-80–163, Ian Anderson 88-77–165, Austin Pulczinski 82-87–169, Riley Holland 93-93–186, Brady Kappes 94-94–188.

Dickinson Trinity (660): Nathaniel Knopik 73-81–154, Willy Jahner 84-71–155, Jaret Lee 87-83–170, Connor Friske 93-88–181, David Pokorny 95-89–184, Hunter Jerome 94-90–184.

Central Cass (661): Ellery Bresnahan 78-75–153, Devin Rehovsky 81-87–168, Jacob Geritz 87-82–169, Connor Rieniets 89-84–173, Garrett Ebach 87-87–174, Alex Geritz 97-87–184.

Northern Lights (673): Nick Myhre 72-74–146, Dalton Poitra 88-79–167, Brody Cahill 88-91–179, Casey Julson 94-87–181, Cole Thibert 103-99–202, Tanner Langan 103-114–217.

South Border (681): Danny Sayler 74-75–149, Matt Rueb 87-85–172, Adam Wishek 88-91–179, Ross Knoll 91-98–189, Jayden Lippert 101-90–191, Matt Kretschmar 102-96–198.

Beulah (685): Noah Iverson 86-86–172, Derek Morris 81-81–162, Logan Obrigewitch 89-88–177, Hunter Obridgewitch 85-93–178, Zach Kessler 91-90–181, Connor Candrian 88-96–184.

Oak Grove (688): Ben Goehring 79-85–164, Carter Kretchman 86-86–172, Cole Hill 88-87–175, C.J. Johnson 88-93–181, Nick Card 95-89–184, Coulton Dangerfield 96-92–188.

Heart River (690): Joey Wagner 84-81–165, Zach Miller 86-82–168, Mitch Krebs 88-86–174, Seth Keator 93-90–183, Kale Hushka 102-110–212, Trayden Jacobson 107-107–214.

Rugby (696): Jack McClintock 76-80–156, Benji Miller 86-82–168, Kyle Halvorson 102-85–187, Pat Stadum 95-96–191, Noah Kraft 104-92–196, Caleb Hershey 100-102–202.

Minot Ryan (701): Kalan Elm 89-77–166, Zach Wald 85-84–169, Josh Nelson 88-90–178, Aidan Shafer 95-93–188, Wyatt Ledoux 103-98–201, Ben Meyer 135-143–278.

Lewis & Clark-Berthold (709): Jaeden Jenson 79-75–154, Ryan Ross 83-76–159, Tanner Blahut 95-103–198, Colton Ryan 105-96–201, Adam Knudsvig 102-110–212, Casey Peisar 118-103–221.

HNT (716): Carl Knutson 84-78–162, Ole Knutson 93-88–181, Jace Pederson 96-90–186, Jens Johnson 93-94–187, Brandon Stevens 108-94–202, Devon Praska 110-104–214.

Park River (722): Brit Brouillard 88-79–167, Carter Arendt 92-87–179, Josh Ruzicka 93-93–186, Spencer Rehovsky 96-94–190, Jordan Johnson 105-107–212, Daniel Onstad 118-116–234.

Grafton (722): John Robideaux 82-83–165, Zach Feltman 90-90–180, Pete Hills 96-92–188, Josh Burianek 96-93–189, Landon Einarson 102-97–199, Scott Gorder 103-101–204.

Napoleon (756): Trent Fettig 86-87–173, Bryce Fettig 100-93–193, Eli Hilzendeger 104-91–195, Grant Weigel 98-98–196, Braydin Jangula 103-102–205, Tyler Moser 104-104–208.

Sargent Central (762): Justin Mlnarik 90-88–178, Caleb Christianson 87-92–179, Brook Bergh 100-100–200, Tyrone Bergh 104-104–208, Adam Weber 104-108–212, Rio Bergh 101-117–218.

Watford City (763): Alex Hanson 92-90–182, Colter Maki 90-94–184, Charles Villanueva 99-92–191, Jonathan Dunn 108-101–209, Cody Johnson 105-108–213, Devyn Marquardt 111-104–215.

Kenmare (767): Hunter Harris 83-86–169, Kyler Melby 97-91–188, Jace Helmers 98-102–200,Kirkland Melby 100-110–210, Tye Rasmussen 132-126–258.

Other individuals

Bottineau: Zack Monson 93-85–178.

Carrington: Jarret Bauer 109-108–217.

Central Prairie: Brett Williams 80-81–161.

Drayton-St. Thomas-Thompson: Grant Schumacher 83-86–169.

Edgeley-Kulm: James Delaurier 85-75–160.

Harvey-Wells County: Aaron Knudtson 87-95–182, Koby Houchin 88-110–198.

Hettinger-Scranton: Denby Lueck 101-123–224.

Hillsboro-Central Valley: Jake Preston 83-75–158.

Lidgerwood-Hankinson-Fairmount: Josh McLaughlin 88-83–171.

Minot Our Redeemer’s: Jordan Dohms 99-85–184.

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood: Zak Brown 92-86–178, Sam Carlson 95-88–183.

North Star: Jacob Heisler 86-90–176, Anthony Wentz 92-93–185.

Powers Lake: Keegan Maruskie 92-90–182.

Stanley: Hunter Borud 90-95–185.

Tioga: Mitchell Fifer 82-88–170, Kass Longie 104-93–197.

Westhope: Hunter Braaten 89-79–168.