By Rachel Lantz.
Dickinson High School girls’ golf team is at the top of their game.
The team took first place at 3 consecutive meets, out of the 7 total Western Dakota Conference golf meets. They won the meets at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, Sept. 6; Tom O’ Leary in Bismarck, Sept. 7; and the Links of Williston, Sept. 13.
The team was led by two seniors, Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper. Junior Rachel Lantz, senior Kelsey Yon, eighth grader Sidney Charchenko, and sophomore Katherine Kessel filled out the rest of the team.
Head coach Sara Berglund is proud of the team, but knows that little improvements could make the difference to win the State title.
“Each girl plays at different skill levels, but in the end (of the season) I would like to see Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper scoring in the 70s, Rachel Lantz in the 80s, and the other girls under 100. If that happens, we will really be sitting good at State,” said Berglund.
Jahner had 5 individual medalist wins this season and has the best average score in the State. She is the “player to beat” according to the North Dakota Class A Girls’ Golf website. Last year at the State tournament located in Mandan, Jahner took runner up after a 3-hole sudden death play-off for the individual title.
Berglund talked about the success of the team.
“I’m really happy with how we are playing right now, but throughout the year we have really been working on our short game. We have done a really good job of that. We have improved, and we are not wasting strokes around the green,” said Berglund.
The team traveled to Jamestown on Sept. 23 to qualify for the State tournament. State girls’ golf tournament will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Grand Forks Country Club.