MHS golfers to compete at state

No player on the Minot High School girls golf team had played a single round at the Grand Forks Country Club until Sunday’s practice.

That’s all the practice the Majettes will get ahead of the two-day state tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. today.

MHS finished sixth as a team at last week’s one-day West Region tournament and has improved steadily throughout the season with a young roster.

“We want to set our goals high and for our team a finish in the top half would be outstanding,” MHS coach Scott Foltz said. “They just aerated the greens. The greens are a lot slower than we expected, but the greens are very receptive. If you hit a shot, it’ll stay on the greens.”

The forecast has the temperature at 60 degrees with fair conditions and 6-mph winds at 10 a.m., when girls from 15 schools begin play.

The Majettes are led by freshman Paige Argent, who finished tied for eighth in the West with a 91 at Jamestown Country Club a week ago. Argent also carded the team’s low score of the season with an 83.

“I think as long as she plays within her game and doesn’t try to overdo it she can finish in the top 20,” Foltz said. “I think she and (junior) McKinley Bender both have game enough to finish in the top 20.

“(Senior) Hallie Williamson is playing the best golf of her career right now. If we can get those three in the 90 range and get one other kid to throw down a good score, we’ll be competitive.”

Assistant coach Shantel Montgomery, who graduated this year as the captain of the University of North Dakota team, is familiar with the course and able to offer insight to the Majettes.

Century’s Annie Nelson is the West Region champion after beating Dickinson’s Riana Cooper in a playoff after the pair shot 83s. Bismarck High beat Century by four strokes to take the team title.

In the East, Davies beat North by nine strokes to take the region title and the Eagles’ Jennifer Marsh won the tournament by three strokes. Marsh and sister Kathleen are favorites along with Dickinson’s Rachel Jahner. The sisters average 77.2 strokes per round, a tenth of a point behind Jahner.

Tim Chapman covers Minot High School athletics. Follow him on Twitter @chapmatp.