As he stepped up to the tee for the 19th time on Friday, Gavin Argent tried to focus on the task at hand.
“I was really nervous, so I just go back to what I know and hit some golf shots,” the Minot High School sophomore said.
Argent did just that – and nailed a solid approach shot to reach the green on the par-5 finishing hole at Hawktree Golf Club in 2, setting up a birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Legacy’s Cole Herbel to claim medalist honors at the St. Mary’s Invitational.
“I hit a good drive and then my second shot was really good and that helped a lot,” Argent said. “My first putt was a little short but I left it within good tap-in range.”
Argent and Herbel each shot a 75 over 18 holes to set up the playoff.
Argent shot 40 on the front nine and came in with a 35. Herbel shot a 37 on the front and a 38 on the back as both battled the gusting winds at Hawktree.
“I drove the ball really good today and I hit a lot of greens. I two-putted a lot of greens, so that really helped,” Argent said. “It was really windy out today but it didn’t really bother me. Just try to keep it out of the wind.”
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Argent, who finished two shots back of Century’s Zach Johnson in the first West Region tournament of the season at the Century-Legacy Invite, was one of just four golfers to break 80 on Friday.
“I just pretty much played a solid round today,” Argent said. “Nothing great. I hit my driver really good but I just played solid.”
Zach Johnson shot a 76 and Logan Schoepp a 77 to lead Century to its second team title in as many West Region events this spring. The Patriots finished with a team score of 320, 17 shots better than runner-up Minot’s 337.
Alex Flam finished tied for fifth with an 83 for Century, and Lucas Boustad tied for seventh with an 84 as they placed four golfers among the top 10.
Mandan finished third with a 347, paced by Trey Hohbein’s 85.
Legacy, paced by Herbel’s 75, finished fourth with a 359.
West Region teams return to action on Saturday morning when Riverwood Golf Course hosts the Bismarck High Invitational.