by Dave Selvig
courtesy of The Jamestown Sun
A young man from Sartell is headed to nationals with his university golf team on May 19-22 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Nolan Frank, son of Sheila and Randy Frank, graduated from Sartell High School in 2014 and now attends the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Frank and the rest of his team had their best round out of three to rally and win the NSAA/GCAC Championship at Dakota Dunes Country Club just outside Sioux City, Iowa, qualifying them for nationals.
The Jimmies entered the day three shots behind Edward Waters College in the 54-hole tournament. The Jimmies finished at 1,028 — four better than Edward Waters College, based in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We were playing against a very good golf squad,” Univerity of Jamestown coach Dustin Jensen said. “More than anything else the kids just believed in themselves. It was 54 holes of extremely difficult golf because of how tough the course was and how windy it was.
“Out of over 1,000 shots, the difference was four shots. It’s a great accomplishment by our guys. I’m proud of how they competed and just kept grinding away.”
All five Jimmies shot rounds in the 80s.
It’s just the fourth time in program history the Jimmies have advanced to nationals.
“This is what we we’ve been working for from day 1 in practice in August. It’s a long process — from running through the sleet and snow, to all the practice time on the course and inside,” Jensen said. “These kids committed themselves and they deserve it. They got the reward.”
Frank carded an 83 at the Iowa tournament. He finished eighth overall, and earned second team All-Region honors.
Frank also tied for third in the only other spring tournaments, shooting 77 at the second annual Klosterman Spring Classic in Jamestown, and a 76 at the Dickinson (N.D.) State Invite.
During his time at Sartell, Frank was a three-time Minnesota Junior PGA champion and team captain for Sartell High School.