Kindred Claims Class B Boys Golf Title Dominantly – InForum
OXBOW, ND — The Kindred Boys Golf Team showed up in force Wednesday morning at the Oxbow Country Club. For all intents and purposes, it was game, set, and match for the rest of North Dakota’s Class B state tournament field.
The Vikings had such a lead after day one, 25 shots, that they just had to bring some kind of game. Additionally, they were doing their home course where it helps to learn about some of the challenges Oxbow can present.
The only unanswered question after beating the field by 43 shots was what the “P” stood for on Vikings caps.
“Piatz”, shouted a player.
It would be for head coach Perry Piatz.
“Just play our game and stick with what we do best,” Kindred senior Paul Olson said. “Just try to stay solid all around and fight back when the going gets tough.”
The wind was still present at the start of the round, but much better weather made for a calm day and the school’s seventh state championship. Fargo Oak Grove won a tiebreaker with Central Cass to take second place.
It was Kindred’s fourth Class B title in the last six tournaments. Oak Grove was the defending champion, COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season, and Tioga took the crown in 2017.
“You never know what can happen in the game of golf,” said Piatz, Class B Coach of the Year. “It was not an easy day for some reason, but I think we overcame everything and got the job done. It was a good state title for these children; they devote a lot of time to it not only in the spring but throughout the year.
Champion Hettich of Beulah started his first day Tuesday with back-to-back birdies and prevailed from there in an impressive display of consistency over 36 holes to claim the individual crown. Olson was a handful of shots before the final nine, but on a day when birdies were hard to come by, catching Hettich proved too much.
“He played well both days,” Olson said. “He didn’t miss a lot of shots, hit a lot of greens and had a lot of pars. I’m happy for him.
Hettich followed up his first-round 72 with a 75 on Wednesday and there wasn’t much suspense heading into the final two holes. Olson finished 76-76–152.
“It was very mentally exhausting, the conditions were tough,” said Hettich, a sophomore. “I just had to play as smart as possible and try to execute the shots. I knew he was a bit behind me, but I knew if I kept making pars, I could win this.
The duel between Olson and Hettich for at least half the afternoon was for individual honors, but another race within a race was with at least 18 other golfers. The top 20 won tickets to the Russ Newman Junior Invitational on June 12 at Fargo Country Club, which the Dakota Junior Golf Association awards to the top 20 registrants in boys’ and girls’ state tournaments at the Class A and B levels.
Olson may have finished second, but he also capped off one of the most impressive careers in school history. The North Dakota State Athletics Commitment played in its third state golf championship team and also played a significant role in the Vikings state basketball title class B last year.
As festive as today was for the Vikings, talking about Olson in his last Kindred appearance didn’t come easy for an emotional Piatz.
“It’s unbelievable, he’s a great athlete and even a better individual,” he said. “He is one of the best kids. Comes from a big family and he will be missed.
1. Family 645; 2.Oak Grove 688; 3.Central Cass 688; 4.Beulah 701; 5.Grafton 716; 6. Glenburn 738, 7. ORCS 738; 8. North Star 746; 9. Southern border 747; 10. Dickinson Trinity 751; 11. Boot 754; 12. Northern Border 758; 13. Lisbon 764; 14.Hazen 765; 15. County Division 794; 16.Stanley 804; 17. Napoleon-GS 841; 18. Burlington Lakes 842.
Top 20 Individuals
1. Field, Beulah, 72-75–147; 2. Olson, kindred 76-76-152; 3. Hendrickson, ORCS, 85-72–157; 4. Holzer, Central Cass, 82-78–160; 5. Anderson, Glenburn, 80-81–161; 6. Woehl, Kinship, 80-82–162; 7. Anderson, Glenburn, 76-87–163; 8. Palmer, Bottineau, 75-88–163; 9. Kulseth, Archer, 86-79–165; 10. McQuillan, Kindred, 82-83–165; 11. Hall, Northern Cass, 79-86–165; 12. Map, Oak Grove, 84-82–166; 13. C. Campbell, Kinship, 83-83–166; 14. Biffert, Central Cass, 81-86–167; 15. Wilcox, Oak Grove, 87-82–169; 16. Kramlich, Edgely-Kulm, 84-85–169; 17. Bindas, Kinship, 83-87–170; 18. Saint-Aubin, northern border, 89-82–171; 19. Hubrig, Hankinson-Lidgerwood, 88-83-171; 20. K. Campbell, Kinship, 88-84-172