Beulah golfers open season
By Jarann Johnson
Outdoor sports in North Dakota aren’t for the weak of heart. Springtime outdoor athletes know the weather is going to be wet and windy.
Despite knowing what was coming, Beulah golfers were excited to get their season underway last week. The boys stayed close by and the girls headed to Flasher to open the season.
The boys took second at the Hazen Invite, totaling a team score of 332 – which was 22 strokes behind first-place Heart River. Heart River also walked away from the tournament with the top finisher.
Heart River’s No. 1 golfer, Joey Wagner, last year’s Class B state champ, took first place.
Wagner didn’t win the tournament easily though. He had to battle for it.
Beulah’s No. 1 golfer, Michael Schmidt, was tied with Wagner on the front nine. Both carded 34s on the front nine, and three other golfers were also in contention.
Wagner’s teammate, Jayden Ewoniuk, was two strokes back with a 36. Dickinson Trinity also had two golfers contending for first-place honors.
Willy Jahner shot a 38, only four strokes back from the lead, and Jarrett Lee was closer, shooting a 37 to trail Wagner by three strokes. Lee and Jahner made improvements on the back nine – both carding 36s -- but it wasn’t enough to overtake Wagner.
Wagner shot a 37 on the back nine, making his final score a 72. Schmidt almost closed the gap, shooting a 39, but ended up with a 73. Lee and Ewoniuk caught up to Schmidt but couldn’t pass him, putting the three golfers in a three-way tie for second place.
Trinity couldn’t catch Beulah at the meet and finished in third with a score of 338, six strokes behind Beulah. Beulah had a strong first day out on the course with the top four breaking 90 on the day. The No. 5 and No. 6 golfers for Beulah were close to breaking 90, carding a 93 and 91.