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Page 24 The Star June 2,2014 Above: Tanner Langan attacks thelag over the water at hole No. 5 during the North Dakota State Golf Tournament in Fargo. At right: Brody Cahill hits a shot out of the bunker on hole No. 18. Below right: Casey Julson tries a little body language to coax the ball into the hole. (Photos by Jason Nordmark) sented all the golfers another kind of challenge - extreme heat. The mer- cury at Fargo's Rose Creek Golf Course climbed to the mid 90s with a steady wind. With players carrying their bags, it was easy to see fatigue setting in for some on the back nine. Davis said he preached hydration and patience to his six golfers. "I just told them to drink a lot of water and play conservative," Davis said. "It's not a long course (6,100 yards) so they weren't hitting driver a lot off the tee. The guys were hitting three woods and rescue clubs into the middle of the fairway and giving themselves a chance for par." Myhre was just two back of Mc- Clintock after day one, but the Rugby senior played steady and pulled a few Houdini acts to shot par on day two while Myhre was three over. On hole No. 5, McClintock drained a 30-foot down-hill birdie putt while Myhre had to settle for a bogey out of the bunker. A shot on hole No. 9, however, summed up McClintock's day. Stuck in a bunker above the hole with a perilous downslope, the Rugby Panther hit a near-perfect sand shot to within three feet for a birdie. Myhre, who was in the last group with McClintock, said he didn't let those shots bother him and continued to follow the advice of his father, Jay, a North Dakota Hall of Fame golfer in his own right. "My dad has always told me to just take it one shot at a time and that usually works," Nick said. "It was frustrating, though, because in my last two practice rounds I shot a 69 and a 65 so I was really looking for- ward to going low." Davis said Nicks' skill set and atti- tude was akin to having another coach on the team. He called the Rolette graduate's overall game "awesome" and/credited him with elevating his tear, mates to another level. l'To have a leader like Nick really heps. His work ethic is unbeliev- able," Davis said. "After practice he'll go hit 100 wedge shots in his backyard. That's what makes him a Champs (Continued from Page 13) Myhre will 00tee off for the Thundering Herd With an outstanding high school career now in the rear view mirror, Nick Myhre said he is excited tO start a new chapter in golf asa mem, ber of theNorth Dakota State University Bison. "rm really looking forward to it," said Myhre, who recently inked a scholarship offer from the Bison. The sentiment was the same from Steve Kennedy, whowas hired as the Bison head golf coach last year. "1 got to know about Nick this year and talked to a lot of people Who watched .him," Kennedy said. "1 was very impressed with what they said so we went out and tried to get him. We're trying to keep the good players in North Dakota here at NDSU." Myhre had narrowed his college choices 'down to NDSU and Jamestown College. He said he went with the Bison because of the scholarship and the chance to compete against the nation's best golfers in Division I com petition. - Kennedy said the Bison training program will help Myhre discover his true potential - "We'll get him into the weight room and work on his flexibility and strength," Kennedy said. "In the next couple of years, you'll see a major im- provement with his distance. He hits it far right now, but we can addanother 20 to 25 yards." Kennedy caught Myhre's act at this year's state tournament and came away impressed. "From 100 yards in, he has very, very good hands," Kennedy said. "His putting stroke will champion. To see him shoot a 65 dur- ing the practice round was just unbe- lievable. That's just something that not very many people can do." Davis added that everyone on the team adopted Nick's attitude. "All these guys love golf. After practice, they'll go play again or go chip and putt," Davis said. "They'll work hard at the little things. That's allow him to go really low. I'm looking forward to'see what' he can do at the-next level." The Bison play against several other mid- major schools across the'country and will take on some of the bigger schools next year at a tournament in Maryland. Kennedy said the team has already booked trips  Florida, Ne- vada, Western Illinois, California, Texas and Oklahoma. Before Myhre can competeat those venues, however, he will face the task of qualifying for the traveling team. Kennedy said team members will Compete for five spots thnmhout the year. "We're hoping to get to the point where its tough to make the team because that will make everyone better," Kennedy said. "1 can tell right now that Nick is a good kid and rm looking for* ward to spending the next four years with him." Myhre said he was impressed with his next head coach and is looking forward to expand- ing his skill set. While much of the talk about Myhre is in re- gards to his skills on the golf course, the Ro- !ptte graduate extended the credit for his success to his parents, Jay and Judy. "They are my inspiration. My dad taught me golf but my mom is a big part of it too. Some- one had to wake me up in the morning for all those tournaments," Nick said. with a laugh. "They both helped me so much in different areas of my life. My dad pushed me to practice and my mom made sure my grades were good. I couldn't have done it without them." what makes the difference in tourna- ments like this." As evidence, five of the team's six golfers contributed to the final score that netted a championship. In high school golf rules, scores from the top four members of the team are taken each day and added together for the final team tally. Myhre and Poitra were joined by Brody Cahill and Tanner Langan on day one. Casey Julson came up big for the team on day two. The state championship for North- ern Lights, a cooperative of Rolette, Rolla and St. John. marks the first- ever team title for St. John in any sport. It's also the first since 1981 for Rolla (girls basketball) and the first for Rolette since 1990 (football).