WAHPETON, N.D. — It was a cold and wet two days at Bois de Sioux Golf Course for the North Dakota Class A girls state golf tournament, but the top girls golfers in the state fought through the conditions in the final round on Tuesday.
Nothing went quite the way the golfers expected with temperatures in the 40s along the wet golf course that saw some misting rains on Monday. But they fought through.
“Weather-wise it was really cold,” said Shanley junior Greta McArthur, who finished fifth with a tournament score of a 19-over-par 161. “We haven’t been used to the cold all season. The second day is always a little bit harder, I feel like and with the wet conditions they’ve had here, everything wasn’t rolling as smoothly as normal.”
McArthur shot a seven-over 78 on Monday, but followed that up with an 83 on Tuesday. She hung with the other players in the top group and had the eighth-best score of the final round after entering the day in second. She made a 15-foot putt to make par on No. 13 and tried to ride the momentum of that shot into her front nine. She bogeyed 15 and 16 before parring 17 and 18. After a solid approach shot laid her up near the green on No. 9 — her final hole — she almost made a putt for par, but it came up just short.
“I just tried to stick with my group,” McArthur said. “I tried to shoot the same as them, which I did. I shot the same as one of the girls in my group and the other girl only beat me by one. I also kept my head up really well which was one of my goals.”
McArthur led the way for a Deacons team that finished third with a final tally of 117 over par. Lindsay Astrup finished 14th individually with a 172 (84-88), Ellie Baumgartner was 16th with a 172 (88-84), and Julia Wold was 19th with a 178 (92-86).
“Some girls did better than yesterday which is good,” McArthur said. “We wanted to do better than we did, but we’re happy with a third-place finish. That’s what we did last year, so we didn’t do worse and we still got some hardware. Julia had a tough day yesterday and she did a lot better today, so that helped us out a lot. It was a tough day for everyone and I know they all tried their best.”
Bismarck Century’s Hannah Herbel finished as the individual medalist, shooting 78 both days to finish 14 over par with a 156. Carrie Carmichael and Kaleigh Carmichael of Williston finished second and third with a 158 (80-78) and 159 (79-80). And Grand Forks Red River’s Lily Bredemeir was fourth with a 160 (81-79).
The rest of the all-state finishers were No. 6 Leah Herbel of Bismarck Century (161), No. 7 Abby Schmidt of Bismarck St. Mary’s (165), No. 8 Ava Olson of Fargo Davies (166), No. 9 Bella Dobrinski of Minot (168), and Becca Tschetter of Minot (170).
Olson started the final round off strong, parring the first four holes and six of her first nine. On No. 8, she landed a shot out of the sand eight inches from the pin and saved par.
“My putting saved me on a lot of holes,” Olson said. “On the back-nine it was helpful. My first four holes I made a couple of up-and-downs for par.”
Bismarck Century ran away with the team state title, finishing with a 661 — 19 strokes ahead of second-place Williston’s 680. Minot was fourth (702), Grand Forks Red River fifth (712), Fargo Davies sixth (731), Bismarck St. Mary’s seventh (737), Jamestown eighth (763), Wahpeton ninth (778), Bismarck 10th (780), Fargo South 11th (788) and West Fargo 12th (825).
Davies’ top scorers were Ava Olson (plus-14), Payton Asche (180), Kya Benson (191), and Kate Osowski (194).
“Our team has improved a lot over the years,” Olson said. “So it’s really fun to grow with them. I think all of my hard work paid off this year for sure. My teammates’ attitudes towards golf are so positive. They always come to practice in a good mood. I think it really brings the team’s attitude up overall and we play better.”