Ullestad carves up course for 3-under 69, Hawks win West Marshall Invite with 304

STATE CENTER – Mark Ullestad isn’t the type of coach that speaks in hyperbole. So when he gives out glowing compliments, you know they’ve been earned.

His son, Trevor, and South Hamilton boys’ golf teammate Braxton Risetter certainly earned them yesterday.

“If there are two better (Class) 2A golfers in the state, boy, I’d like to see them,” Mark Ullestad, the Hawks’ head coach, said yesterday after his squad claimed the team title in windy conditions at the West Marshall Invite. “Both of those guys are just really steady right now.”

South Hamilton carved up the par-72 Lincoln Valley Golf Course for a team total of 304 – a 10-stroke edge on runner-up Nevada (314). Prairie City-Monroe (321), Grinnell (332) and East Marshall (334) also finished in the top five.

Trevor Ullestad and Risetter, specifically, owned the course. Taking advantage of the wind with booming drives, Ullestad shot a 3-under par 69 to win the individual title over Risetter, who was second with an even-par 72.

Trevor Ullestad’s round included four birdies and an eagle and, truth be told, could have been even better. He double-bogeyed his final hole.

“Tee to green that’s the best I’ve seen Trevor play since last year,” Mark Ullestad said. “It’s unfortunate what happened on the last hole, but it was a difficult par 3.”

Risetter was as steady as they came with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. Had his putter been hot he may have shot in the 60s as well.

“Braxton didn’t make a lot of putts, and neither did Trevor actually,” Mark Ullestad said. “Braxton has just been real, real steady for us.”

South Hamilton continued to compete without No. 3 golfer Jordan Bowers, who is still sidelined because of illness. But regular No. 5 Chris Mogren stepped up with an 80 yesterday, and Jordan Toillion added an 83.

Mark Ullestad said he and his players exited the course feeling much better than they did following Friday’s runner-up finish at the Bondurant-Farrar Invite at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona.

“I think this is big,” he said. “We weren’t very happy with what transpired at the end of last week and I know some of these guys might not have been that confident. But having Chris Mogren shoot an 80, I think some of these guys are seeing what they can shoot.”

South Hamilton will return home to the Jewell Golf and Country Club today to host Roland-Story and West Marshall in a triangular at 4:30 p.m.