Liebel takes 3rd individually at State Golf Tourney
By Neal A. Shipman
Nick Liebel took third place individual honors, while the boys team took 11th place at the North Dakota State Class B Boys Golf Tournament. The tournament was played on the CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington on June 1 and 2.
Liebel, who was tied for second place after the first day when he shot an 18-hole score of 74, shot a 76 on the second day to finish the tournament six strokes back of Valley City’s Nick Jenson, who carded a 144 to win the tournament.
“Nick shot two solid rounds and was again close to being the medalist,” stated Scott Wisness, boys head coach. “Jenson, who is a sophomore from Valley City, shot an amazing 68 the second day to win medalist.”
The Wolves were in eighth place after day one of the tournament shooting a team score of 333, but then carded a 343 in the second day of play to finish in 11th place with a final score of 676.
“I was very happy with the effort of my golfers,” stated Wisness. “Tuesday started with cool and rainy conditions but we were prepared for it as we scored a 333 the first day, which is our best of the season.”
“After the first day of golf we were just two strokes behind our region champion, Lewis & Clark and only 22 strokes behind Hazen, the leader,” stated Wisness. “The weather cleared up in the afternoon and Wednesday was a beautiful day for golf.”
Overall, Wisness was very pleased with Watford City’s 11th place finish and is optimistic about next season.
“The top 10 teams all have solid golf programs and I am very pleased that we weren’t too far behind,” states Wisness. “Valley City had an impressive tournament winning it in their last year in Class B golf.”
Individual tournament scores for the Wolves were Nick Liebel, 3rd place (74-76=150); Colter Maki, 66th place (86-87=173); Chris Larsen, 74th place (85-90=175); Mitchell Liebel, 86th place (88-90=178); Alex Hansen, 127th place (94-100=194); and Kalen Hartel, 135th place (108-100=208).
“This was great for the boys to experience the State Tournament,” stated Wisness. “I know they will put in the practice this summer and with everyone returning next year, Watford City could be considered one of the teams to beat in the region and possibly even the state.”