Bulldogs have strong showing at 2017 state golf tournament

Sophomore Brooke Peterson shot a 173 after two days of golf at Tom O’Leary in Bismarck at the state tournament, finishing tied for fourth overall in the individual portion of the tournament. The tournament, held in conjunction with the boys albeit in a different location, was held on May 30 and May 31.

Brooke Peterson looks at her shot at the state golf tournament. Peterson finished fourth overall. (Photo by Robin Welch/For The Pioneer)

By COLE BENZ | Pioneer Editor

Placed in the final grouping for the second day, Peterson was among the final golfers on the final day, so she had hundreds of eyes watching her final shots. But the pressure didn’t get to her, and she surpassed her goal of finishing in the top 10.

The Lady Bulldogs as a team also had a successful tournament as well. After qualifying of the state tournament with a third-place finish at the regional tournament in Mott, the Lady Bulldogs finished sixth with an overall score of 238.

“The girls had a very, very strong showing,” said head coach Todd Frie.

After the first day they were sitting in 10th place, but a good performance on the second day propelled the girls to their sixth-place finish.

Frie said he was impressed at how they handled themselves and how they finished, considering they have an enormous presence of underclassmen on the varsity roster, which bodes well for the future of girls golf in Bowman County.

Three of the top 10 finishing teams came out of Bowman’s home region, which included Bowman (No. 6), Hazen (No. 4), and Heart River (No. 3).

“We come out of a good region,” he said. “That’s good, it pushes the girls to compete at a high level.”

On the boys side, freshman Andrew Narum was the lone golfer to make it to the state tournament after shooting an 87 at the regional tournament at Bully Pulpit, good enough for a fourth-place finish.

“Andrew, you know his composure on the golf course is something really to see,” Frie said. “For being a 15 year old kid…I was just so impressed with his composure.”

(TOP) Andrew Narum tee’s off at the state golf tournament. Narum was the lone golfer on the boys team to qualify for the state tournament.

The head coach said that he would just brush off bad shots, and head to his ball for the next strategy of shot.

The boys played at Prairie West in Mandan, and Narum ended up finishing 34th out of 129 golfers.

“I was pretty happy about [his performance],” Frie said.

A highlight of the day for Narum, according to Frie, was on hole No. 8. About 100 yards out, Narum pulled out a 52 degree wedge and hit the flag on his first shot. He made the two-foot put for a birdie.

“That was probably the highlight of his tournament,” Frie said.

Frie said he is looking forward to what the future holds for Bowman County golf. There are plenty of underclassmen already on the roster, and more seventh and eighth graders to push the veterans next year.

Others who placed at state include Elise Fisher (No. 37), Emily Belland (No. 44), Logan Blankenbaker (No. 62), Kaylee Schaff (No. 102), Harley Lardy (No. 103).

Oak Grove placed first in the girls tournament, and Tioga placed first overall for the boys.

At the awards banquet, Frie challenged his players to a 2-2-1 training regiment. Meaning, hit the driving range for two hours, put and chip for two hours, and play one round of golf each week. He assured his players that if they need help, or some guidance over the summer, the coaching staff would be available.

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