April 21, 2010

Boys golf team takes third Invite

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City boys golf team had to battle very cold and windy conditions as they took to the links for the first meet of the 2010 season last Thursday in Heart River, but Scott Wisness, boys’ head golf coach, was pleased with his team’s first outing.
The Wolves shot a 383 team score with a finish in sixth place with Mitchell Liebel carding an 87 to tie for ninth place individually.
“I was very pleased with the effort by my golfers, especially the two eighth graders,” stated Wisness. “Mitchell Liebel had a great day, placing in the top 10 against some of the top golfers in the southwest and Colter Maki started with a 49 on the front nine and then stepped it up with a 45 on the back nine.”
Other Watford City golfers competing at South Heart were Kalen Hartel and Tanner Wold, who both finished with scores of 101.
On Saturday, April 19, the Wolves finished in third place with a team score of 351 when they hosted a 17-team tournament under warm, but windy conditions.
“When you host your own meet, you always want to have a good showing,” stated Wisness. “We tied for third, just behind Hazen and Bowman County, who are two of the top teams in the southwest and ahead of all of the teams in our region. We had a good day.”
Nick Liebel paced the Wolves with a one over par 73 while Chris Larsen carded a 92.
“Nick started slow with a 39, but hit his stride on the back nine with a 34,” stated Wisness. “He was in a three-way tie for first, but lost in a playoff. Chris Larsen was consistent in his first meet of the season, but should definitely be able to score in the 80s.”
Wisness was also impressed with the showing by his younger golfers,  Mitchell Liebel, Colter Maki, Alex Hansen, and Beau Heiser.
“Mitchell struggled on the front nine with a 53, but stepped up to score a 45 on the back nine,” stated Wisness. “ The key for the beginning part of the season is to give these young golfers more tournament experience.  I have liked what I have seen so far in our first two meets.”
Maki and Hansen ended the 18-hole tournament with scores of 93, while Liebel carded a 98. Also competing for the Wolves was Beau Heiser, 100, and Ted Ramage, 107.
This week, the Wolves will be on the road as they compete in Stanley, Grenora and Beulah.