Posted 5/10/16 (Tue)
The Tioga Golf Course hosted its first high school varsity tournament Thursday, which brought kids from around the region.
“We’re hoping we can make it an annual event,” said Ryan Albrecht, golf coach for Tioga High School.
The tournament had 54 players from Ray School, Stanley High, Watford City High, Des Lacs-Burlington High School, and New Town-Parshall.
The day turned out to be perfect conditions with near-cloudless skies and barely a breeze.
“You can’t complain about the weather,” Albrecht said.
Scott Fifer, whose son Mitchell played in the tournament, said the Tioga team is doing well.
“They stand a good chance to go to state,” he said.
Three of the Tioga golfers qualified by virtue of their finish Thursday.
Tryg Heimdal, who is president of the golf course board, said the course has been greatly improved over the past couple years and they thought hosting tournaments might act as a draw.
“We’re trying to create more buzz about the course now that it’s returning to its former glory,” he said.
Bolstered by three top-five individual finishes, the Tioga boys came away with the team title. The Pirates shot a 313, defeating second-place finisher Stanley by 14 strokes.
“The boys golfed very well today,” Albrecht said. “The big thing is they talk about shots they missed, so that means they aren’t happy with their scores and want to continue to get better.”
Mitchell Fifer led all finishers with a 73. Carter Valliere was second with a 75.
Brandon Skabo tied for third with a 78, Tyler Larson finished with an 87, Parker Jackson finished with a 91 and Kaden Pederson was at 109.
The Pirates also had Karter Longie, Cameron Taylor, Noah Bentley and Alex Holmen competing for the junior varsity. Longie finished at 96 and Taylor was at 97. Bentley and Holmen finished at 140 and 145, respectively.
Tioga also won a meet on May 2 with Fifer shooting a 66 to medal, followed by Valliere (73), Skabo (78), Larson (87), Jackson (104) and Taylor (122).
The Pirates are competing this week in Crosby on Tuesday and Jamestown on Friday and Saturday.
Asha Valliere led the girls in a meet May 3, scoring a 120, followed by Grace Ramberg (127), Dantae Knudson (134) and Juli Christofferson (146).