FARGO — High school formally ended for Fargo Davies senior Ty Satter on Monday with the Bell Bank High School Senior Invitational at the Fargo Country Club. It may be awhile before golf is a regular part of his life.
He reports to North Dakota State on Tuesday morning for the first day of workouts with the Bison football strength and conditioning staff. Whereas his 18 holes on a warm day in sunshine was a serene walk around the FCC, the athletic attitude with NDSU head strength coach Jim Kramer promises to be different.
“Oh yeah, I know,” Satter said. “Kramer will bring all the intensity in that room.”
Satter and other freshmen from the area will be allowed to take part in Bison football voluntary workouts. The veteran players returned to campus last week with the players doing weight training in small groups.
“It should be great, I’m ready to get after it with them,” Satter said.
Satter will lift with the 11:15 a.m. group. He’s scheduled to move into the NDSU dorms on July 6, which would be considered the day Bison football returns to complete normalcy assuming something unforeseen happens with the coronavirus pandemic.
“It will be great being in the dorms with a bunch of people again and being around a lot of people and not at my house all the time,” Satter said. “I think it will be great getting to know new people.”
Satter, a safety, signed his letter of intent last December and is part of the 2020 recruiting class. He was actually the first verbal commitment making his intentions known in May of 2019.
Satter had 29 receptions for 538 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year, but NDSU likes his speed and 6-foot-1 size in the defensive backfield.
He was slated to begin his football workouts on Monday, but the Bison gave him the pass to compete in the last high school event of his career. That reality looked to sink in on his last hole of the day, playing the No. 9 green after starting his morning on the back nine.
“I knew that,” he said. “I just wanted to think about it.”
His 78 shared first-place honors in the Class A division with Brandon McGarry of Grand Forks Central. Satter started slow with three straight bogeys, but picked up two birdies on his second nine.
Golf has been a long-time staple. At 7 years old, he became the youngest golfer to record a hole-in-one at Oxbow Country Club by acing the former 12th hole using a driver from 136 yards. That was in 2009.
“This was my last one before I go in and start training for NDSU,” Satter said. “It was fun to be able to play some guys I grew up playing with.”
Satter said he always figured golf could deal with the social distance rules and come up with some sort of tournament plan. But the North Dakota High School Activities Association shut down all spring sports following the lead of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum closing schools.
“I’m glad I got out here and was able to play,” Satter said, “and I want to thank everyone who put this together. They did a great job.”