Men and Women’s Golf has strong showings

Jacob Dehne and Jenna Janu lead respective teams in each tournament

Ringing in a promising start to the season, the UND men’s and women’s golf team wrap up their respective tournaments on Tuesday.

Omaha, NE, the Men’s team played in the 2-day UNO Invitational presented by Health Care Information Systems to finish ninth overall. Senior, Jacob Dehne, finished five over par shooting 221(74-72-75). Dehne landed in the 11th in a two-way tie with Jakob Bares from Indian Hills CC.

Captain Aaron Pulanco shot an even par in his third round and ended the tournament 12 over par to finish in a five-way tie for 34th that still proved to meet his career best 54-hole score of 228 (+12).

Freshmen, Jordan Smith and Jeremy Kirk played steady games, Smith finished strong in his final round matching Dehne’s third round score 75(+3) which was his best game over three rounds. Kirk played his best score during the first round to shoot 77(+5) and land an overall 238(+22) in the 62nd spot.

With a strong team showing, the men managed to break 300 for the first time in the three years under head coach Tim Swanson.

Meanwhile in Springville, UT, the women’s team were washed out of their third round at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic. As scores show, the weather did not stop the team from playing an impressive two rounds.

Freshmen, Jenna Janu, played a strong game over two days shooting a 72-73 after two rounds and landed in the fourth spot overall with a 145 just three over par. Hawaii’s Eimi Koga took home the 1st place honors with 141(-1) and beating Janu by four strokes.

While she may not have won the Fall Classic, Janu did take home another award. The Big Sky awarded the UND freshman with the Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week.

“Jenna had a solid two rounds in Utah and played really well despite the weather delays that kept interupting play,” UND coach Natalie Martinson said. “Her consistency and focus through those 36 holes was impressive.”

Junior Dani DelGreco and senior Sadie Martin both improved in the second round. DelGreco went 76-75 over 36 holes putting her in a tie for the 24th spot. Senior, Sadie Martin shot a 79-78 after two rounds and the 15 over par landed her in a tie for 52nd.

Collectively the women shot a 311 (+28) and finish tied for 11th with Utah Valley. This joint effort also managed a milestone of their own as the women broke a Division I scoring record by shooting 617(+49) over the two-day tournament.

Both teams will remain on the road playing in the Coyote Classic in Dakota Dunes, S.D., Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd.

Allyson Bento is a sports writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected]