Hurt returns to Le Mars to compete in Northwest Iowa National Invitational

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Dani Hurt swings her club on Tuesday in the final round of the Northwest Iowa National Invitational held at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. The Grand View University freshman returned home for the two-day tournament. Hurt completed her high school career this past spring with an eighth place finish in the Class 3A state tournament for the Le Mars Bulldogs.

LE MARS — Le Mars Community graduate Dani Hurt made the return trip home to compete in the 4th Annual Northwest Iowa National Invitational held at Willow Creek Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday.

“It was really, really nice to be back home,” Hurt said. “I haven’t played here in a long time. Coming back as an actual college player makes me feel so much better that I have finally reached my final goal of becoming a collegiate golfer, so it was really nice to be back.”

Hurt capped off her senior season for the Bulldogs with an eighth place finish this past spring in the Class 3A state golf tournament which was held in Adel. While she knew then she was done playing on her home course as a high schooler, she knew a trip back to the Ice Cream Capital of the World was only a few months away.

“I did know it was on the schedule,” Hurt said. “They’ve played in it every year so I knew it was coming.”

The home course advantage may have helped the Grand View University freshman a little bit, especially on her second round 18-hole score of 72, which was an even-par for the course.

“Yes and no,” Hurt said when asked about any home course advantage. “I did not start round one very well, but I came back and shot even par, a 72, on round two. Round three wasn’t great, but I knew more of the advantages and disadvantages of the course, but overall it was pretty even.”

On her second round, she finished with a 37 on the Red Course nine, just one over par. She had two birdies, the par-4 fifth and the par-5 ninth. She added four even-par holes and was just one-over on the remaining three. She was -1 on the Black Course nine on that same round. The highlight was an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. She added a birdie on the par-4 third, evens on five other holes and was +1 on the other two.

“My coach gave me a little talking to and told me the past is the past and to move on and so I put myself in a better mood. I was more relaxed and I made it a great time,” Hurt said of her second round.

Her other 18-hole totals were 84 and 81 as she finished with a 237 total across the 54-hole event. Her overall total was 26th out of 50 on the individual leaderboard.

Hurt’s insight to the course may have provided some benefit to her teammates as the Vikings finished fourth out of nine teams in the women’s event.

“Before we came here I was talking about every single hole and how it’s laid out and how you should hit,” Hurt said.

The round in which Hurt shot her 72 also helped Grand View crush their school record for lowest team total in a round by 15 strokes with a 294. The 294 for that round tied the tournament champion’s score for that round, Keiser University of Florida, who won with an 880 tournament total. Grand View’s fourth place total was a 923.

Hurt’s teammate Brooke Boardman tied for the fifth place individual score of 219. Malisone Chanthapanya of Texas Wesleyan won the individual title for the second year in a row with a 213.

In the men’s standings, Ottawa University of Arizona won the team title with an 861, six strokes better than Bellevue University of Nebraska. Jack Dudeck of The Master’s University of California was the men’s individual champion with a 211 total.

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