Posted 5/10/16 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City girls golf team competed in a tournament in Beulah last week before hosting their own tournament on Tuesday at the Fox Hills Golf Course in Watford City.
In Beulah, the Wolves saw quite a few unfamiliar teams as the tournament was comprised mostly of Region 5 teams including Hazen, one of the top teams in the state who will look to compete for a state championship this year.
The Wolves finished in third place behind Hazen and runner-up, South Heart.
Abby McCauley earned a third place finish in the individual scores by shooting a 96, the first sub-100 score that any W.C.H.S. girls golfer has posted this year. Jayden Uhlich and Kendra Foreman shot identical scores of 108 to help pace the girls to their third place team finish, while Peyton Blotsky carded the team’s fourth lowest score with a 140. McKenzie Skogman and Chelsea DeFoe also competed for the Wolves.
Just as they finished in third on Monday, the Wolves finished in third place on Tuesday at the Watford City Tournament. New Town and Des Lacs/Burlington bested the Wolves in the team race.
The Wolves, however, had two of the top six scores as Jayden Uhlich and Kendra Foreman finished in a four-way tie for fourth place with identical scores of 107. Abby McCauley finished 10th overall with a 109 and McKenzie Skogman contributed the fourth score of a 129 for the Wolves.
Peyton Blotsky and Olivia Gronos also competed at the varsity level for the Wolves.
Iida Lehto turned in a 9-hole score of 64 which was a tie for first place with DLB’s Madison Roscoe. Lehto was awarded the JV Championship after winning a one-hole playoff against Roscoe.
“I like what I’ve been seeing from our girls lately,” stated Mitch Greenwood, girls head coach. “We have a little bit of depth on the team and it’s creating some friendly competition amongst themselves, which is going to make everyone better and in turn, make our team more competitive.”
Through four tournaments so far this year, the Wolves have three golfers who have earned individual medals for placing in the top six in tournaments.
“Those three, McCauley, Foreman, and Uhlich, have been our most consistent golfers so far,” states Greenwood. “I feel confident that any one of them can be our top golfer on any given day and compete well against the best girls from our region. We have five other girls on our team right now who will be competing for the other three varsity positions. They’re very close to one another in their scores. It will be fun to watch the rest of the season unfold and see them all improve.”
Watford City Invitational
Team Scores: 1. New Town 410, 2. Des Lacs/Burlington 441, 3. Watford City 452, 4. Tioga 527.
Individual Results: Medalist - Hope Froshaug, New Town (95); 2. Katelyn Denton, DLB (98); 3. Sierra Rensch, New Town (100); 4. Tamara Fox, New Town, Kendra Foreman, Watford City, Jayden Uhlich, Watford City and McKenzie Vigital, DLB (107); 8. Madison Vigness, Divide County, and Taylor Pennington, New Town (108); 10. Abby McCauley, Watford City and Kelsie Colbenson, Stanley (109).