It's one thing for a golfer to sink a 65-yard shot for an eagle.
It's quite another to sink that 65-yarder on the fly.
Paige Argent recorded an eagle on the No. 10 hole at Bismarck's Tom O'Leary Golf Course on Friday with a shot that defied the odds. Using a sand wedge, the Minot High School senior hit the ball straight into the cup from 65 yards away. No bounces. No rolls. Straight in.
"I knew right away that I hit it well, but I never expected it to go right into the hole like that," Argent said. "You can't expect something like that to happen. I was just hoping to get it close to the pin, but luckily it went in. I couldn't believe it. I can't remember if I ever had an eagle before, but that's definitely one worth remembering."
The eagle helped Argent to a 7-over par 76 and medalist honors at the Century Invitational, which included all 10 West Region teams. It was her second straight tournament championship. Argent shot a 1-over 35 on the back nine and a 6-over 41 on the front. The Tom O'Leary course is 69 par. Argent's round also included two birdies.
Argent's said her short game was on point Friday.
"My chipping and putting saved me a lot of strokes today," she said. "Overall, it was a good clean round. I felt like I was in control. I had some bogeys, but nothing over two. The birdies and eagle made up for most of them."
Argent finished four strokes ahead of teammate Makensy Arlien and St. Mary's Gabby Easton.
It was a good day all around for Minot, which claimed its third consecutive tournament championship. The Majettes totaled 329 strokes, finishing four ahead of second-place St. Mary's, and 13 ahead of third-place Mandan.
All six Minot golfers shot 92 or better. Joining Argent and Arlien in the top 10 was Marley Foltz, who tied for fourth with an 83. Jaci Jones' 90 rounded out Minot's scoring. The Majettes finished second in two West Region tournaments before winning back-to-back at Mandan and Minot.
With the start of the postseason just over two weeks away (Sept. 26), Argent said Minot is hitting its stride at the right time.
"We've had a good year, but we've played really well the last three tournaments. Everyone has been stepping up," she said. "We have really good balance. We had six good rounds today. We're playing with confidence now, but we also know that we can do better."
St. Mary's put four golfers in the top 10 - Gabby Easton; Cameron Easton, tied for fourth (83); Tonya Dvorak, tied for sixth (84), and Taylor Miller, tied for eighth (86). The Saints finished second in a tournament for the third straight time.
Mandan also had four top 10 finishers - KayCee Schulz, tied for sixth (84), and Payton Roehrich, Megan Broeckel and Cortnie Mongeon, tied for eighth (86).
Madi Braun, with an 88, was Century's top golfer.
All of the region teams will be back in action today in the Legacy Invitational at Bismarck's Riverwood Golf Course. After that, they will have one more regular-season tournament - at Dickinson on Sept. 16 - before starting the postseason (West Region Tournament) Sept. 26 at Mandan's Prairie West Golf Course>