FARGO, N.D. -- Today the Sioux-per Swing Tour 2010 has us just outside of Fargo, N.D. at Oxbow Golf and Country Club. I dont' think we could have asked for a better day. I'll be updating throughout the day with photos, short interviews, and whatever else I find interesting.
9:00 p.m. -- Winners announced.
- 1st place :: Stiles, Larson, Johnson, Erickson, Nelson
- 2nd place :: Rath, Clarke, Kadlec, Ohmna, Kertz
- 3rd place :: Pearson, Wilson, Keefe, Bindas, Botnen
- Chipping green :: DJ Reiger
4:21 p.m. -- Final update from the Sioux-per Swing Tour in Fargo. We have about three more holes left and then dinner where all of the prizes are announced. Sadly, I have to head back to Grand Forks, so this is the last update. Bye bye.
3:54 p.m. -- Dane Jackson't team just stolled onto Hole 1. After talking with them, it seems we have about six holes left.
3:32 p.m. -- Update from the chipping green, Chad Skarperud and Kenny Astrup are now in the running for the Fighting Sioux cooler.
3:15 p.m. -- After taking a shot at the chipping green, I asked Team #2 (otherwise known as Team Sanford, a Sioux-per Swing sponsor) how they were doing. "We are way too young to be hitting as bad as we are." Hopefully the rest of their day goes better.
Head baseball coach Jeff Dodson is on Team 11: Medhus, Schmaltz, Kuhn, and Johnson. While Dodson was out of earshot, I asked his teammates to describe him in one word ...
"Gorilla, beacause he always hits the ball a long ways."
Former UND golfer Dustin Steiner is stationed at Hole 14. With a payment of $5, he will drive the ball for you.
"I've hit for every group so far," said Steiner. "I'm hitting into the wind so not all of them are flying as I'd like and a few have accidently gone into the water."
This is his fifth year of working the Sioux-per Swing Tour as a guest driver. He graduated in May with a dregree in business and is working at a golf course in Fargo while taking classes online to be a course pro or general manager.
2:41 p.m. -- Associate head women's basketball coach Travis Brewster and head volleyball coach Ashley Hardee just came by. They are doing well, but wouldn't tell me exactly how well.
2:12 p.m. -- A couple of updates from the chipping green. Doug Larson and Peter Stenehjen are currently in the running for a Fighting Sioux cooler. So far, only these two gentlemen have been able to chip the ball into a small kiddie pool.
I asked Team #12 how things were going as they came off of the 18th hole. "Well, no one is bleeding," was the response. I'd call that a success.
Another team came by with a small battery operated radio playing some Twisted Sister. I guess they enjoy golfing, but not the silence that comes with it. To each their own.
1:54 p.m. -- Head baseball coach Jeff Dodson has been involved in the Sioux-per Swing Tour since joing the UND staff in 2008. He's played in several and has never had a bad experience.
"It's always great to see the alumni and the boosters out here supporting Fighitng Sioux athletics," said Dodson. "It's a great chance to get to know our fans and alums from surrounding communities."
1:26 p.m. -- Just checked in with Team #16: Olson, Olson, Astrup, Kennelly, and Skarperud. After a bit of putting trouble on the 18th green, they finally made their way over to the first hole. After getting their team photo taken by all the trophies won by our Fighting Sioux teams this year, I was told they are sitting two under par after three holes.
12:53 p.m. -- I had a chance to talk to head volleyball coach Ashley Hardee prior to tee-off. He said that he's played in a few Sioux-per Swings now since starting at UND. At each one he attends he's impressed by how many loyal Sioux fans come out to support.
"I've played in a few now," Hardee said. "Park River was my first last year. It was great. The place was overflowing with people."
11:46 a.m. -- The place is slowing filling up as Sioux fans and coaches make their way to registration. There is plenty of green out here today ... and I'm not just talking about the course. After a bit of time to socialize, today's 15 team will tee-off at about 12:30 p.m.
The Fargo Sioux-Per Swing is on Monday, June 21 at the Oxbow Golf and Country Club, while the Grand Forks Sioux-Per Swing is scheduled for Thursday, July 8 at King's Walk Golf Course.
For more information, including registration details, click HERE.
- Go Sioux -