The Dawson Community College Men’s & Women’s golf teams travelled to Rapid City to compete in the South Dakota School of Mines Invitational, April 19 & 20th. The tournament was held at Meadowbrook GC, a very tight 7100 yard long course which will host the 2009 NAIA Women’s National Tournament in mid May.
Cameron Belcher led the Bucs on day one with a 74, which placed him in second individually. The Bucs team shot a 327, garnering fourth place, 14 strokes behind the first day leader-Minot State.
“We were a little rusty from the long layoff and didn’t really score as well as we hit the ball on the first day. Our short games and course strategy could have been sharper but overall I was pleased with our effort. Cameron played extremely well from tee to green and his 74 was very impressive on this demanding course”, stated Coach Rowlett.
On the final day the Bucs team shot a 317, getting the second lowest score for the second round. This enabled the men’s team to beat Miles Community College for the first time. Cameron Belcher, followed his 74 from day one with a 76, for a two day total of 150. He placed second, two strokes behind the winner. Nick Wilcox and Keithon Walter shot 79 and Colton Dyer shot an 83. “The guys really competed better the final day and the 317 was a very good score as they tucked pins and moved the tee boxes back. We were the only team to improve our score the final day so I was very pleased with the effort”, Coach Rowlett said.
With Belcher’s second place finish, Dawson has had six top 10 individual finishes in 6 DAK Conference tournaments, going back to the fall.
“We showed improvement in ball striking and on course management during the tournament demonstrating that we can not only compete with Miles City Community College but beat them. The team displayed real mental toughness on an unfamiliar and difficult golf course. Our goal is to keep this going for the Region IX Championships,” stated Coach Rowlett.
On the women’s side Brittany Bonogofsky and Trish Loewen competed as individuals. Coach Rowlett has stressed to both players that their best days are ahead of them and while both the players and coach Rowlett were not completely satisfied with the scores their were signs of progress.