May 18, 2011

Golf teams head into Regional tourneys

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

As a result of an extremely late spring, Watford City High School’s varsity golf teams are seeing their season coming to a close.
Both the boys and girls teams will be wrapping up their regular season play this week when they compete in their respective regional tournaments. The girls golf team will be playing at Eagle Ridge in Williston on Friday, May 20 while the boys team is tentatively scheduled to play at the New Town Golf Course on Friday as well. But because of the condition of the New Town course, the regional tournament may be moved to a different site.
This past week, the boys team took took second place at the Stanley Invitational, while the girls team took third place at Stanley.
Stanley Boys Invitational
“Our team did really well again,” stated Scott Wisness, boys’ head coach. “Nick Liebel had a great day, shooting one under par for the day, and Chris Larsen cracked the top 10.   We have a lot of confidence going into regionals.”
The Wolves took second at Stanley carding a team total of 325 to trail Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood by eight strokes.
In individual competition, Nick Liebel took first place at the tournament with a 71, while Chris Larsen was tenth with an 82.
Other Watford City players competing were Colter Maki, 86; Mitchell Liebel, 86; and Alex Hansen, 90.
Stanley Girls Invitational
The Watford City varsity girls took third place in Stanley last Thursday with Shaunta Miller pacing the Wolves with a fifth place finish individually with a score of 95.
“We only have three meets left including the regional meet,” stated Kelli Jo Taylor, girls’ head coach. “We need to place third or better at the regional meet in order to qualify for State. But in order to do that, we need to work on our short game and get the girls shooting below 120.”
Junior High Girls Win
Northwest Conference
Watford City’s junior high girls golf team took first place at the Northwest Conference Meet. The team consisted of Karissa Monsen, Brea Jore, Kylee Pederson, and Kordae Hartel.
“I was really proud of the girls,” stated Taylor. “It was the first competitive meet they ever played in because they are all 7th graders and they took first place!”