Make it two straight tournament titles to open the season for the St. Mary’s Saints.
The defending state champions put together a solid two rounds to win the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club.
“The girls played really well under the conditions,” Saints coach Michael Herzog said. “They maintained their composure and played with a purpose. There were a lot of great teams out there like Century, Red River, Mandan and Minot.”
On Monday afternoon, the conditions were hot at times, which changed up on Tuesday with some light rain in the morning giving way to some wind.
“There were some soggy fairways but they dealt with it well,” Herzog said.
The Saints opened with a 332 for the opening round, and took seven strokes off that on Tuesday to finish with a 657, 14 shots in front of Century. Grand Forks Red River, led by medalist Morgan Hetletved, finished third with a 686. Mandan (691) and Minot (693) rounded out the top five.
St. Mary’s placed three golfers in the top 10. Defending state champion Sydney Smith carded rounds of 83 and 75 to tie for second with a 158. Tonya Dvorak, the medalist at the season-opening Turtle Mountain Invitational, finished fifth with an 81-82 – 163 and Gabby Easton tied for eighth with an 83-82 – 165.
“It’s important to focus on each shot, which is what they did today,” Herzog said. “We tried to stay away from any big blowup holes.”
Hetletved shot a 76 each day for a 152, finishing six shots ahead of Smith and Leah Herbel of Century, who each posted a 158. Cortnie Mongeon of Mandan carded an 81 each day to finish fourth with a 162, one shot ahead of Dvorak.
There’s still room for improvement for the Saints.
“All the girls’ shots are great,” Herzog said. “The short game, from 80 yards and in, is where we’re leaving them out there. We can do better than we’re doing right now.”