Golfers chase aces at Minot Country Club

James Jackson/MDN Minot Country Club shows off its summer colors heading into today’s annual Gong Show Tournament.

Whether a scratch player or a weekend warrior with a handicap of 54, virtually everyone that enjoys a round on the links would love to mark “hole-in-one” off their bucket list of golf achievements. According to Alex Degenstein, the Assistant Golf Professional at Minot Country Club (MCC) and second-in-command to Head Golf Professional Andrew Schmitz, more than a lucky few have accomplished that feat at MCC since its opening in 2015.

Given that his father is originally from the Minot area, Degenstein took advantage of his summer internship opportunities throughout college to acclimate himself to the course at MCC before eventually accepting a permanent role this summer in his current position.

“So, there’s only 17 universities in the whole country that offer what’s called a professional golf management degree, and living in Tennessee, Coastal Carolina was the closest. Plus, they also offered me the most money for scholarship, so it was kind of a no-brainer as far as where to go,” stated Degenstein when asked what made him choose to play golf for and attend the South Carolina university near Myrtle Beach.

Accumulating nine months of total intern experience at MCC during the summers of 2018 through 2020, Degenstein honed not only the skills required for success on the business side of his studies, but also discovered his passion for teaching lessons.

When asked what he enjoyed most about working at MCC, whether during his time as an intern or now as the Assistant Golf Professional, he responded, “My favorite thing is teaching. I could teach all day, every day, just because it’s so different from person to person, so I never get bored with that.”

James Jackson/MDN Minot Country Club shows off its summer colors heading into today’s annual Gong Show Tournament.

Considering the amount of time that Degenstein has logged over the years at Minot Country Club, he has been on hand when a large number of players have notched one of the rarest and most prestigious accolades found within the game of golf at the course.

According to Degenstein’s numbers and numerous recognition plaques hanging throughout the MCC clubhouse, 112 hole-in-ones have occurred since Minot Country Club’s opening in 2015, 11 of which have occurred in the current 2022 season.

Furthermore, as Degenstein recalls, six different holes have been aced on the course, including numbers 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, and 13. Of these six holes, the par-3 fifth hole, sitting at a distance of 160 yards from the black tee and 95 yards from the red tee, is responsible for the most hole-in-ones.

Nevertheless, despite the majority of players coming up short when attempting to capture that elusive ace when playing at Minot Country Club, Degenstein affirmed that almost all of them still rave about the course’s bragworthy “green structures and overall layout.”

At the end of the day, if the past has shown anything at Minot Country Club, it’s that there is always a chance to make an ace a reality.


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