Jackson Ward and Ronnie Postnikoff have committed to playing for the Fighting Hawks.
Postnikoff, Ward join men's golf program
Release: 05/17/2018
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Grand Forks, N.D. -- North Dakota men's golf coach Matt Stricker announced the addition of a pair of prep standouts to his roster on Thursday. North Dakota native Jackson Ward and Canadian Ronnie Postnikoff (Poz-nuh-koff) have committed to play for the Fighting Hawks and will help replace the void left by the graduation of senior captain Jack McClintock, who led the team in stroke average this past season.

"These two young men are going to add a lot to our program," Stricker said. "Not only on the course, but they'll help continue the success we've had in the classroom too. I'm excited to get them to campus and start competing with the rest of our lineup."

A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Postnikoff has played on Alberta's Junior Development Team and won five Maple Leaf Junior Tour events and six high school competitions during his prep career. He finished second at the MJT National Championship in 2014 and was second in the National Order of Merit standings that same season.

He prepped at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School in Courtenay, British Columbia the past two years and was named the Monseigneur McCoy Golf Team MVP as a sophomore in 2015.

"I think the sky is the limit for Ronnie," Stricker added. "He has incredible work ethic and is working with one of the best coaches in Canada. Just talking to him, you see the energy and enthusiasm he'll bring to the team. I expect him to compete for playing time in our top 5 right away and his aggressive style of play will bode well for us."

Ward has been the No. 1 player on the Bismarck Century High School team the past three seasons and has already won a pair of tournaments during his senior season. He was among the top five in stroke average in the Western Dakota Conference as a junior and is on pace to be the Valedictorian of his senior class at Century.

"Jackson is an incredibly well-rounded young man," Stricker said. "His academic accolades are extensive and his game has really improved over the last two years. He has added some strength, which has really helped him drive the ball further and what I've been told, his work ethic is second to none.

"He'll come in and push for a spot in our top five as well and I'm very excited to add one of the best seniors in the state of North Dakota to our program. That means a lot to our program."

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