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Tom Mix, Published June 05 2013

Bismarck Century ends East's run of Class A state boys golf titles

HANKINSON, N.D. – The East Region’s nine-year run of North Dakota Class A boys golf team championships came to an end on Wednesday at Dakota Winds Golf Course.

Bismarck Century finished with a two-day total of 627 to win its first state title since 1978. The Patriots edged Fargo Shanley by 11 strokes to become the first West Region team to win state since 2003.

“It’s nice to finally break the East’s streak,” Century head coach Lynn Gress said. “There was a lot of third-place finishes for us during that run, a second-place finish by three strokes, and to finally break through is awesome.”

Century entered Day 2 of the tournament with a three-stroke lead over Wahpeton and hung on for the victory.

Senior Troy Ressler paced the Patriots, firing a 3-over 75 and finishing with a two-day total of 150 for a share of second place with Fargo Shanley senior Grady Meyer and Grand Forks Central senior Ty Kennedy.

“It means a lot for us,” Gress said. “We have been there every year, but the East has just dominated whether it was Fargo South, Fargo Shanley or West Fargo. The kids worked hard for this state championship.”

The East Region’s four-year run of individual medalists also came to a close.

Bismarck St. Mary’s junior Jake DeForest earned medalist honors, shooting a 2-over 74 and finishing with a two-day tally of 149.

DeForest is St. Mary’s first-ever medalist and the first West Region individual state champion since Century’s Kavin Dvorak won in 2008.

“I’ve dreamed about winning a state championship my whole life,” DeForest said. “I’ve been on the varsity team since seventh grade. I have worked so hard for this. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

DeForest, who finished 12th a year ago, entered the back nine holes with a one-stroke lead over Ressler and two-shot advantage over Meyer, but the challengers never let up.

Meyer birdied hole 12 to pull even with Ressler and overtook second place when Ressler bogeyed 14. DeForest bogeyed hole 15, and when the group teed off on 16, Meyer and DeForest were tied for the lead.

DeForest recovered for a birdie on hole 16 to retake the lead, but bogeyed on 17. Meyer shot par on 17, and once again the pair was tied heading to the tournament’s final hole.

Meyer came close to a birdie, but hit a putt slightly too firm and ended up with a bogey on the par-5 18.

“I was thinking on 18 we are even,” Meyer said. “This could be my opportunity to take it. I thought I made the putt to win it, but it just burned the edge a little bit and went left on me.”

DeForest earned par to seal his championship.

“I knew I had to make that putt on 18,” DeForest said. “I wish I didn’t have trouble on 17, but I did. It was a grind all day. I missed a couple short putts and that’s what it came down to. I was aggressive on 18 taking a 3-wood at the green and I probably wouldn’t go back and do it the same way, but it worked out.”

Meyer, who is committed to play golf at the University of Minnesota, won senior athlete of the year honors.

“It was a good note to a day that I wish could have went just a little better at the end, but is feels great to get that award,” Meyer said. “It means a lot.”

Wahpeton finished third in the team race with 640 strokes. Huskies head coach Jeff Ralph was named coach of the year.

Class A state tournament

At Dakota Winds Golf Course

Team scores: Bismarck Century 627, Fargo Shanley 638, Wahpeton 640, Fargo Davies 646, Minot 646, St. Mary’s 650, West Fargo 653, Bismarck 653, Jamestown 664, Grand Forks Central 679, Grand Forks Red River 683, Dickinson 699.

Top 10 scores (all-state): 1, DeForest, BSM, 75-74-149. 2 (tie) Ressler, BC 75-75-150; Meyer, S 77-73-150, and Kennedy, GFC, 78-72-150. 5, Ames, W, 78-76-154. 6, Restemayer, FD, 80-76-156. 7, Schwehn, B, 78-79-157. 8, Johnson, WF, 81-78-159. 9 (tie), Schauer, BC 81-79-160 and Reynolds, M, 82-78-160.

Other finishers

Bismarck: Stavn 92-80-172, Nustad 88-80-168, Schirado 89-83-172, Weninger 81-87-168, Pearson 84-87-171

Bismarck Century: Lingle 84-77-161, beyer 82-79-161, Huber 79-82-161, Leininger 92-84-176, Nolz 97-79-176

Fargo Davies: Kretchman 81-83-164, A. Pallen 85-85-170, Swangler 85-86-171, B. Pallen 81-83-164. Hendricks 91-77-168

Dickinson: Ridl 81-88-169, Priebe 93-90-183, Donnan 92-88-180, Kostelecky 87-86-173, Turcotte 92-85-177, Rueb 102-94-196

Grand Forks Central: Wavra 94-92-186, Peterson 85-95-180, Kuntz 90-95-185, Belgarde 88-91-179, Thompson 101-83-184

Grand Forks Red River: B. Eickhof 90-90-180, J. Eickhof 86-82-168, LaMoine 95-91-186, Solc 88-85-173, Steen 82-91-173, Van Raden 84-86-170

Jamestown: Rene 89-79-168, Blaskowski 80-82-162, Stahlhut 85-92-177, Lux 85-84-169, hart 88-86-174, Stockert 90-81-171

Minot: Kast 92-77-169, Heupel 83-90-173, Kelly 78-89-167, Albright 86-78-164, Jones 82-88-170

Bismarck St. Mary’s: Smith 84-81-165, Gilchrist 92-77-169, Dvorak 87-81-168, Dockter 91-93-184, Fleck 96-93-189

Fargo Shanley: Storandt 85-78-163, Wolbaum 81-80-161, Bossert 83-83-166, P. Traynor 86-81-167, T. Traynor 99-84-183

Wahpeton: Richels 81-80-161, Nelson 81-80-161, Sirek 84-84-168, Nelson 80-85-165, Strand 104-89-193.

West Fargo: C. Johnson, 88-79-167, Pulczinski 86-84-170, Dent 82-83-165, Conzemius 86-94-180, Kapaun 89-78-167.

Mandan: Murphy 88-77-165

Fargo North: Jaeger 81-81-162, Halvorson 82-82-164, Sklebar 87-83-170

Valley City: Lentz 85-82-167

Williston: Suess 97-84-181

Turtle Mountain: Davis 89-100-189, Gillis 94-83-177

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562