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Beulah Boys golf headed for state
By Jarann Johnson
Last week, conditions were not pleasant at the Pheasant Country Golf Course in South Heart. The first and the second days of the regional tournament featured cold and windy weather with an overcast sky.
The boys went out first on Thursday and accomplished their goal of getting back to state this year by placing third overall. Accomplishing their goal wasn’t easy though.
The Miners regular-season No. 1 golfer, freshman Michael Schmidt, had an off day. Schmidt’s front nine didn’t go as well as he would have liked with a 47, but the freshman recovered on the back nine with a 40 to finish with an 87, just three spots away from all-region honors.
Fellow freshman Jace Sailer made sure the Miners pushed one freshman into the top ten with an 84. Sailer shot a 43 on the front nine and a 41 on the back nine.
The No. 1 golfer at the meet for the Miners was Alex Schroetlin. Schroetlin, a senior, showed his senior leadership by having a very strong back nine. The lone senior on the Miners’ squad shot a 39 on the back nine to finish ninth overall (83).
The final score to come in for the Miners came from Hunter Schroetlin. Schroetlin finished with a 90 overall.
The tournament was won by Dickinson Trinity with four golfers in the top five, and Heart River took second led by medalist Joey Wagner.
Miners’ Head Coach Jeremy Brandt reflected on his team’s showing at the region tournament.
“I talked to Michael after he had played about eight holes and he struggled today, especially at the beginning – he didn’t play well at all. Alec Schroetlin played real well today – the best he’s played all year, and that was important,” Brandt said. “It was nice today because what we did see – three or four kids in the 80s, which was probably the difference for us finishing third. We didn’t have to use a 90 or 100 and that was probably the main difference for us today.”
Brandt said that he was impressed by the improvement his golfers have shown this season and is hoping they will continue to improve at the state meet. Brandt added that he hopes the team can get Schmidt and out of his current slump and back into early season form to improve the team’s score.