“It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if it was just me and David Warren at state this week,’’ Bott said. “Now, we get to go with a whole team for the third straight year. That means with get to go out to dinner together and we get to miss school.’’
And while the players are looking forward to having a little fun this Friday and Saturday in Bloomington, the Bismarck-Henning coach Terry French needed to take a few breaths when Monday’s tournament was over.
“It was not easy,’’ said French, whose team actually finished 13 strokes ahead of fourth-place Decatur Lutheran. “I lost quite a few years off my life this morning. We just didn’t start out real well. My standard statement with this group has been, the stars had to align for us to do it.’’
Those stars were not nearly in alignment during the front nine for the Blue Devils. Bott was the only Bismarck-Henning golfer shot shoot under 43 on Harrison Park’s front nine, but those same five dropped 20 strokes over the final nine holes.
“We had to suck it up on the back nine,’’ French said. “Man after man, they came through and played well.
“The pressure of playing on your home course can work two ways. You can benefit from it, but also everyone expects you play well. That might have worked against us until our guys settled down and got in a groove.’’
Warren, who shot an 80, had a 43 on the front and 37 on the back for a six-stroke improvement, but the biggest change came from Logan Reifsteck, who shot a 91 with a 50 on the front and a 41 on the back.
“He has struggled with his swing the last couple of days,’’ French said. “I just kept telling him to dig in, and slow down. I wanted to see that smile on his face.’’