Packers boys golf takes third at state as Teske, Sheyenne's Ackerland tie for second
The West Fargo boys golf team saved its best for last.
The Packers, after averaging fourth place in the Eastern Dakota Conference regular season, took third place with a 21-over-par 597 on Wednesday, June 6, during the North Dakota Class A state meet at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. Grand Forks Red River defended its state title crown with a 581 and Fargo Davies, the EDC regular season leader, took runner-up with a 592.
West Fargo's Zach Teske and West Fargo Sheyenne's Blaze Ackerland both tied for runner-up with Red River's Mat Halvorson at 1-over-par 145 over the two-day meet. Red River's Adam Van Raden won with a 4-under 140.
Teske led the Packers by shooting a 1-under 71 on the first day and a 2-over 74 on the second day. On the first day, he birdied the par-4 first hole, bogeyed the par-4 second hole, birdied the par-4 11th hole and pared the rest of the day.
"It's way better than I would've thought I could finish," Teske said. "I was just trying to come out here and do my best."
On the second day, Teske bogeyed No. 2 again, bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole and the par-4 seventh hole to go 3-over on the front nine. But he was 1-under on the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole to finish 2-over.
"I hit the ball pretty well. It's hard to putt on these greens. If I made some putts, maybe it could've been a little bit better," Teske said. "I'm happy with the way this day went for the team and for myself."
West Fargo's Jackson Worner shot a 4-over 72-76--148 to tie for ninth individually. Worner birdied the second hole, the par-5 third hole, and the par-3 17th hole and bogeyed the seventh hole, the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 18th hole to shoot even the first day. He birdied hole Nos. 3 and 18, bogeyed hole Nos. 7, 8, the par-5 ninth hole and No. 13 and double bogeyed the par-4 14th hole to shoot 4-over for the second day.
Cade Pederson shot an 8-over 70-82--152 to tie for 18th, Tyler Berg shot an 11-over 82-73--155 for 25th, Carson Harrington shot a 17-over 82-79--161 to tie for 39th and Jaden Welk carded an 18-over 82-80--162 to tie for 44th.
The Mustangs took sixth as a team with with a 37-over 309-304--613. Ackerland, a past all-state performer, shot a 71-74--145 to lead the team.
Ackerland bogeyed No. 1, birdied No. 5, bogeyed the par-3 sixth hole and No. 7, later bogeyed on the par-3 12th hole, then birdied No. 13, the par-3 15th hole, the par-5 16th hole, bogeyed No. 17 and then eagled No. 18 to finish 3-under on the back nine and 1-under for the day.
"I kind of started off struggling, didn't get off to the start I wanted, but I had my coach out there to keep me in the game," Ackerland said. "Wasn't doing what I wanted to on the putting greens, but I had a good finish. Like I said, coach kept me focused."
Ackerland, on his 2-over second day, bogeyed Nos. 5, 6, 7, the par-4 10th hole and No. 12 before coming back and recording a birdie on No. 16 and eagling No. 18 for the second time for a 1-under on the back nine.
"Well yesterday after I shot a 71, I knew I was two strokes back of the leader. So I thought if I had a good day, maybe I could make a push for the lead," Ackerland said. "Adam goes out there and shoots really respectable scores. It's really tough to catch that. I'm pleased with how I finished, but there's definitely some room to improve next year."
Also for the Mustangs, Layton Bartley shot a 12-over 78-78--156 to tie for 26th, Benett Persoon scored a 13-over 82-75--157 to tie for 31st, Casey Krank carded a 17-over 84-77--161 to tie for 39th, Adam Parkinson totaled a 22-over 78-88--166 for 53rd and Cooper Freije finished with a 27-over 89-82--171 to tie for 62nd.