May 11, 2011

Liebel qualifies for State Golf Tournament

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

With the boys golf team finally getting on the course, Scott Wisness, boys’ head coach believes that things are finally coming together for the team.
“We placed third at the Dickinson Trinity Invitational on Tuesday behind Hazen and Dickinson Trinity, two of the top teams in the state, and then came back to second behind Mohall at our tournament on Thursday,” stated Wisness. The next outing for the Wolves will be on Thursday when they travel to Stanley.
Dickinson Trinity Invitational
While Watford City took third place at the Dickinson Trinity Invite, Wolves’ head boys coach Scott Wisness was pleased with his team’s performance.
“Even though we were 19 strokes behind Hazen and Dickinson Trinity, all our golfers have the potential to lower their score to be right up there,” stated Wisness.
Nick Liebel led the Wolves with a second place finish with a score of 78, two strokes behind Lance Pender of Dickinson Trinity and tied with Hazen’s Brady Hillerud.
“Pender and Hillerud are going to be two of Nick’s closest competitors for the top spot in state,” stated Wisness. “So it was a good chance for him to compete with them.”
Other Watford City scores were Chris Larsen, 91; Colter Maki, 87; Mitchell Liebel, 91; and Alex Hansen, 111.
Watford City Invitational
Nick Liebel fired a five over par 77, to take second place at the Watford City Invitational and to automatically qualify for the upcoming State Class B Boys Golf Tournament.
The Watford City Tournament was the first of three regional qualifying tournaments this spring. Any golfer who scores a seven over par or less at a qualifying tournament automatically qualifies for State.
“Our team did really well at our tournament,” states Wisness. “We placed second, just three strokes behind Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
Following Nick Liebel in scoring for the Wolves was Colter Maki who was tied for fourth with a score of 81. Chris Larsen carded an 85 and Mitchell Liebel’s round of 86 was used as part of the Wolves’ team scores.
“Our goal as a team is to get all four scores at or below 80,” stated Wisness. “I know we can be a challenger to win the region this year if we continue to improve all of our golfers’ scores. But Lewis & Clark and Stanley aren’t too far behind, so we will have our work cut out for us.”
Other Watford City varsity players competing were Alex Hansen, 95, and Haden Cargo, 114.