May 6, 2015

Miners compete in first qualifier

By Jarann Johnson
Sometimes things have to be done the ugly and old fashioned tough-it-out type of way. Seems like toughing it out the old fashion way is just fine with Mike Schmidt.
Despite a windy and wet day, Schmidt won the first qualifier of the season. Schmidt went 40-38 to finish with a 78 overall at the course. There was only one other golfer who qualified for the state meet at the course.
Schmidt’s day wasn’t perfect with 7 bogeys, but he made par 11 times and never suffered a double bogey on the course.
The Miners also had one other golfer in the top ten at the meet, and that was Ren Swenson (94). Swenson finished tenth overall. Head Boys’ Coach Jeremy Brandt talked about his thoughts on the first state qualifier.
“Last Thursday’s meet at Washburn was an individual qualifier. Two kids qualified that day and one was Michael. Washburn has expanded to 18 holes and has definitely gotten tougher; factor that in along with the wind and it was a tough course to play for Michael – to shoot a 78 that day was pretty impressive,” Brandt said.
At the end of Monday’s Invite at Bully Pulpit in Medora, Coach Brandt expressed a desire to see his team play more consistently than they have been .
“We continue to finish third as a team behind Trinity and Heart River. Heart River actually beat Trinity yesterday [Monday] at Bully [Pulpit]. We need to be more consistent. After Michael, everyone else seems to play well one meet and not so well the next,” Brandt said.
The girls also participated in an individual qualifier last week. The highlight at the tournament was Nessa Iverson and Morgan Tomchuk’s top ten finishes.

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