Bemidji HS boys golf team fights through wintry conditions
Golf is a challenging game under perfect conditions. When you add rain, wind and cold being on the course can be a miserable experience.
Friday the Bemidji boys golfers challenged the weather and nine other teams at a tournament hosted by Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo. The round was played in a steady rain and officials mercifully decided to trim Friday's round to nine holes.
The tournament is scheduled to resume today with another 18 holes.
"I wasn't upset when they said we'd play only nine holes," said Max Hazelton, one of Bemidji's golfers. "It was 33 degrees, rainy and windy. "You couldn't feel your hands after the fifth hole."
Despite the bone-chilling conditions, Michael Herzog of Detroit Lakes fired a 1-under-par 34 to lead the pack. Coy Papachek of Fargo South finished with a 35 and three other golfers were at 36.
Bemidji's best was Jordan Manick's 41. Joe Welle shot 42, Kevin Larson 43, Rylee Curb 45, Elliot Leinen 46 and Max Hazelton 47.
Fargo South will take the team lead into today's action as it finished at 149. Grand Forks Central shot 154 and Moorhead 155. Bemidji finished eighth in the 10-team field at 171.
"I've never played in these kind of conditions," Hazelton said. "This was the coldest I've ever been playing golf."
Because of uncertain weather conditions officials have decided to implement an 8 a.m. shotgun start today instead of the traditional team starts based on first-day finishes.
At Rose Creek (par 35)
Fargo South 149, Grand Forks Central 154, Moorhead 155, West Fargo 157, Detroit Lakes 158, Shanley 159, Fergus Falls 163, Bemidji 171, Grand Forks Red River 174, Perham 174.
Medalist: 1-Michael Herzog (DL) 34; 2-Coy Papachek (F.South) 35; 3-Tyler Rustad (Moor) 36, Trent Olson (Shanley) 36, Ty Kennedy (GFC) 36.
Jordan Manick 41, Joe Welle 42, Kevin Larson 43, Rylee Curb 45, Elliot Leinen 46, Max Hazelton 47.
Weather permitting, the Bemidji boys tennis team will own the home spotlight today as the Jacks will entertain Thief River Falls and Monticello in a triangular.
Bemidji and TRF will square off at 10 a.m. and the Prowlers will battle Monticello at noon. The day will close with Bemidji taking on Monticello.
BHS is coming off a third-place finish at Thursday's Northwest Quad. The Jacks collected two runner-up finishes behind Adam and Ben Holter at first doubles and Levi Rickert and Craig Lindseth at second doubles. Both teams went 2-1 on the day.
Alec Hess and Jack Boyer finished 1-2 at third doubles as did Kyle Fodness at first singles, Justin Byers at second and Ben Kloha at third.
Tim Paulus was 0-3 at fourth singles.
Girls golf coach Jeff Nelson will keep an eye on the weather today as his team is scheduled to play at the Virginia Invitational.
"They keep predicting that it will be nice in Virginia on Saturday and we'll just have to wait and see," Nelson said.
The meet is expected to attract most of the Iron Range schools plus Grand Rapids.
"I'd like to see us finish in the top three and shoot 355 or better," Nelson said. "We need to play every shot, regardless of the weather, persevere, keep the ball in play and be patient. Patience is the word of the day."
Bemidji's lineup will include Megan Phelps, Shelby Sauer, Emily Frosaker, Aimee Sandquist and freshmen Katlyn Kraft and Amy Frosaker.
"We're going with the best players who are on the team right now," Nelson said. "Katlyn and Amy, although they are freshmen, have earned their spots. This is our best lineup, at least for this week."