Rugby wins Region 4 golf title
Rugby boys coach Gary Myhre gave his team a good-natured ribbing after they posted the best score in the Region 4 Individual Qualifier at Minot’s Souris Valley Golf Course on May 8.
“I said, ‘Good going, guys, but you won the wrong tournament,’ ” quipped Myhre.
Three days later the Panthers proved their effort could be repeated, and with more on the line.
Rugby won the Region 4 Team Qualifier at Souris Valley on May 11, qualifying for the Class B state tournament for the second time in three years.
“I’m happy for the kids,’ said Myhre, who was named region coach of the year. “We put together some consistent scores, and I think winning the individual qualifying meet gave the kids some confidence on that course.”
The seniors led the way for Rugby. Team leader Daniel Gannarelli didn’t have his best day, but he did card an 85, Myhre said, and that was still among the top 10 individual scores. Gannarelli had the top score with an 80 at the individual qualifier three days earlier on the course.
Fellow senior Leif Selland fired a round of 86 and senior Jacob Stadum posted an 87. “I was really happy with Leif’s and Jacob’s scores,’ Myhre said. “It was the first meet they both shot in the mid-80s.”
Zach Leer, who struggled at times with his driving, Myhre said, found a way to put up a decent score. And seventh grader Jack McClintock held his own among high school players. Senior Josh Dockter also competed for the Panthers.
Rugby’s 349 score was two strokes ahead of runner-up Harvey. Leeds finished third with a 358. All three qualified for the state tournament to be held in Jamestown May 26-27.
Myhre can’t recall the last time Rugby won the region title, if ever. The finish continues a good stretch of play at regionals. In 2007 the team placed third at regionals and qualified for the state meet. Last spring Rugby tied for third but lost the tie-breaker and didn’t advance to state.
The squad will spend the next week sharpening its game and looking for a strong performance at state. Two years ago the squad placed 14th.
The Leeds golf team made history at the region team qualifier. The Lions qualified for the Class B state grass greens tournament for the first time in school history. The school had qualified in the sand green tournaments which are no longer held.
The Lions were third, finishing nine strokes off the winning score posted by Rugby. David Young, Leeds coach, said qualifying for state was the goal from the start of the season, and the team managed to accomplish it.
Three golfers fired rounds in the 80s, led by seniors Trevor Torgerson and Dustin Paulson, who each had an 88. Freshman Darren Young posted a 89.
No region team was more consistent throughout the spring then the Lions, who won three tournaments. Towner-Granville-Upham finished 14th. Alex Bahl from Minot Ryan was the region senior athlete of the year. Bahl was medalist at the May 11 qualifier, with a four-over-par 76.
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