MOORHEAD - The wait has seemed unbearable for Ian Simonich.

"Ever since we didn't get the ok to play last spring, it's been a long time waiting for the section tournament and the state tournament. It's just going to be fun to play." Simonich said.

Plenty has changed in Simonich's life since his 16th place finish at the 2019 Class 3A state tournament as a sophomore.

"I think people know who I am now, that's fair to say."

It's safe to say everyone knows who Simonich is. Simonich committed to North Dakota State last June and followed that up with a prestigious Pine to Palm championship in Detroit Lakes in August. But there's one title that he wants badly. A state championship.

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"I didn't take it in when I played state two years ago. I'm excited to see what happens."

Simonich would love to add his name to an impressive list of former Spuds. In 2012 Ben Welle shot a combined 142 to bring home an individual title. Thee years later another Spud, Dane Sethre-Hofstad carded a final round 69 to bring home another state championship to Moorhead.

"Coach (Eric Tollefson) always mentions what Dane did here and there, that Dane started his round with a bogey. Hopefully I'm able to get my name in there, it's kind of fun to think about that."

If there's one other added bonus to winning, Simonich wants to prove to the entire state he belongs.

Ian Simonich tees off on the 14th hole of Detroit Country Club during championship weekend of the 88th Pine to Palm tournament, August, 15, 2020. Robert Williams / Tribune
Ian Simonich tees off on the 14th hole of Detroit Country Club during championship weekend of the 88th Pine to Palm tournament, August, 15, 2020. Robert Williams / Tribune

"Being from the north we don't play the kids from the south. I want to see what I am compared to them and compared to me."

This is the start of a busy month for Simonich. He's a finalist for Mister Golf in Minnesota. That award will be presented this weekend, which may prohibit him playing in the Red River Valley Amateur at Moorhead Country Club this weekend. From there, Simonich will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur at Fargo Country Club on Monday, June 21st.