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Moorhead's Simonich to play golf at NDSU

The Spud senior to be will stay close to him for his collegiate career

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Moorhead's Ian Simonich lines up a putt at the Moorhead Country Club. (WDAY-TV)

MOORHEAD - Ian Simonich was hoping for a big spring on the golf course.

Once his junior season was canceled because of the coronavirus, the Moorhead golfer was wondering if his hopes of playing golf at the Division I level took a hit. It turns out it didn't.

The Spud senior to be announced his commitment to play golf at North Dakota State on Tuesday. "Monday was a pretty emotional, kind of an awesome day when I had that call. Even this morning, it's a dream come true to be honest with you. " Simonich said.

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Simonich had a tremendous 2019. He won the Section 8 3AAA championship and finished 16th at the state tournament last June. The good vibes continued at the Minnesota State Junior Boys Championship in July. Simonich led the tournament from start to finish in claiming his first state win.

His summer was capped off by a great run at the Pine to Palm tournament at Detroit Country Club, where he reached the quarterfinals. He lost to Bison standout and eventual champion Andrew Israelson. That event helped Simonich get ready for the next step.

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Moorhead's Ian Simonich tees off during the final round of the 2019 Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minn. Simonich tied for seventh place. Mark Brettingen / Minnesota Golf Association

"I'm just super comfortable with NDSU and I played with all the guys, I know them all and I really look forward to playing. Right around ninth grade, even eighth grade, it was when I knew I wanted to play division one college golf."

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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