22 local youth golfers – male and female –competed with their peers at the Hettinger Country Club during the Annual Hettinger Youth Golf Tournament this past Friday, July 19th.
There were three separate boys and girls divisions: 8 and under, 9-11, and 12 and up. The youngest division played a shortened form of the Front 4 holes, while the two older divisions played from the far-forward youth tees on the Back 5 Holes. On this day, they each played their own ball from the tee in to the hole.
In the youngest 8 and under division, two lefthanders stole the show. Anna LeFebre and Harper Shahan battled it out in the girl’s division, with LeFebre barely coming away with first place, scoring a 31 to Shahan’s 32. Elizabeth Sott came in 3rd with a 40. In the 8 and under boy’s division, Bentley Fitch’s time on the course proved exemplary, capturing 1st place while easing his left-handed stroke around the course in an amazing 23 strokes. 5-year old phenomEmmett Erickson came in 2nd at 30 and Camdyn Fried 3rd with a 32.
In probably the most competitive 9-11 age group, new athletic golfer Acalia Olson conquered the Back 5 with the low overall score of the day, 28. She was followed by up and coming ball-striker Delaynah Nagel in 2nd with a 32 and Callie Timm in 3rd with a 34. The 9-11 boys came in with a tie for first between Tyler Fitch and Casey Kindsfater at 29. All 20 of the other youth golfers formed a gallery around the two star golfers for the playoff on hole #4, which Kindsfaterwon. Liam Kennedy came in 3rd with a 37.
In the older 12+ division, Blake Larson, who attended our Hettinger Youth Golf Camp and most all of our Friday Morning Youth Golf Sessions, maintained his steady game on the Back 5 with a score of 30 for 1st place. Erica Havelka, one of our top up and coming female golfers, won the girl’s 12+ title, by outlasting her sister Olivia over the 5 holes. Erica shot a 30 (with a 10 on #9) to claim top honors! Trophies from Kent at KB Jewelers were provided for the 1st and 2nd Place winners. 3rd place winners received their choice of prizes off the table.
During their 4 or 5 hole rounds of golf, each of the players had an opportunity to win “Closest to the Pin”on the par 3’s and “Longest Drive” honors on the par 5’s. Longest Drive in the Fairway winners were Anna LeFebre, Emmett Erickson, Haley TImm and Blake Larson. Closest on the Par 3’s were Zabrina Miller and AcaliaOllson. They each won their choice of prizes off the table.
Once the youth golfers had completed their 4 or 5 hole round, they each competed in putting and chipping contests in their respective age categories at the practice putting green. Jake Kessel, Casey Kindsfater and Blake Larson bested the chipping contestants and Elizabeth Sott, Acalia Olson and Blake Larson won the putting contest. Each winner received their choice of prizes off the table.
The Hettinger Country Club provided free hotdogs, chips and lemonades for all of the youth golfers at the conclusion of the tournament. And Kennedy’s Fresh Foods, longtime supporter of Hettinger Youth Golf, gave away free popsicles to each of the contestants. Thank you HCC and Kennedy’s. We also appreciate the fact that Hettinger Country Club has provided 24 sets of new Youth Golf Clubs, a new shed to store the youth clubs, and free Friday Morning Youth Golfs (with free hotdogs and refreshments every time!) These local businesses are investing in our youth. And we THANK them for their efforts.
A drawing among all of the youth golfers was held for four tickets to see the Bismarck Larks play baseball July 23rd and August 1st. Uecker Yards provided these tickets. Brodie Sott and Jake Kessel were the lucky names drawn for two tickets each.Enjoy!
There is one way to get better at the lifetime sport of golf – PRACTICE! Hettinger Country Club is always open for youth golfers to practice their skills, whether at the driving range, practice putting green or on the beautiful 9-hole grass green course itself. And now, we have been able to offer youth golf lessons from area ND Female Golfer of the Year Brooke Peterson. On July 2nd we had 15 youth golf lessons and on July 16th we had 14 Adult Women golf lessons with Brooke. Our next scheduled golf lessons are Tuesday, July 23rd at HCC. Plus, we previously offered a 3-day Youth Golf Camp in late May and four Friday Morning Youth Golfs in June/July.
Thank you to all of the parents who have embraced the idea of their children learning a sport they can play their entire life. We thank you for getting your kids out to HCC to learn about golf, as well as helping us get them around the course here and there. Hopefully our school district will once again offer this type of sport to our children (which Bowman, Bison and Lemmon currently do). It is truly a sport that people can play their entire life (unlike baseball, basketball, football, wrestling and volleyball). The golf course is also a place where many business transactions take place and long-term relationships are formed. Not to mention all of the character-building qualities that kids can learn from golf (like being honest, being fair, being friendly, learning the rules, being kind, taking care of the course, etc) . We have a terrific grass green golf course, which is a terrific asset to our community. Let’s play golf Hettinger area!