Hazen boys right there
By Jarann Johnson
The boys participated in two meets as their final buildup to this week’s region tournament. The first meet was the individual qualifier at Prairie West, Mandan. Bison Boys’ Head Coach Ronnie Stewart described the course shape as great for play, but felt like the weather once again didn’t help his team.
The only golfers under the 100 stroke mark at the tournament were Alex Burling (96) and Josh Bitterman (99).
Stewart did like the fact that his boys avoided complaining and competed at the Mandan meet despite less than stellar conditions. But yesterday, Monday, the boys served notice and proved that they can be a threat to earn a state tournament spot.
The Bison golfed really well at the Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, finishing third as a team – their highest finish of the season. Stewart described his thoughts on his team’s third place finish.
“This was our last tournament heading in to regional. The boys strung together a couple of very productive practices and they shot their lowest scores of the year. The team took third place as a team behind Heart River and Trinity,” Stewart said.
Stewart and his boys are excited but they admit Beulah has had the upper hand for most of the season. Coach Stewart thinks the rivalry with Beulah this season will help his team practice more focused this week.
“On more than one occasion this year, Beulah has beat us for that third spot. We were able to sneak by them in Dickinson. At regionals, the top three teams will go to state. So this is giving us a little more motivation to better prepare us going into regionals,” Stewart said.
As far as the regional course goes, Stewart is confident his team will do well because the course is favorable