After a rough outing last week at the Links of North Dakota, Becca Tschetter had something to prove.
The Minot High School freshman golfer bounced back from her worst outing of the season in a big way on Monday at Prairie West Golf Course, shooting an 81 to earn medalist honors at the Mandan Invitational.
“Becca is just huge off the tee,” Minot coach Scott Foltz said. “And the rest of her game today, she was chipping and putting well. She played with confidence. And this is coming off her worst score of the season at the Links.”
After opening the season with an 82 at Dunseith and rounds of 87 and 96 at the East-West Classic in Jamestown, Tschetter had a rough day at the Links of North Dakota, shooting a 109.
“I was at the golf course every night until 10:00 this whole week,” Tschetter said. “I knew this tournament was coming and I knew I had to play well to prove myself.
“I was working a lot on my driving, because that’s something that I lacked at the Links. That really helped me today.”
“She’s been closer to 81 than 109 all season,” Foltz said. “I think she came out with a mission today, to just prove to everybody that that’s not me.”
Tschetter went out and carded a 39 on the front nine, one of three Majette golfers to do so. She finished with an 81, one of five Minot golfers to break 90.
“Waking up this morning, I would have had no idea I’d have been here, but I just was hitting the ball well and in the right places at the right time,” Tschetter said.
The extra driving work paid off.
“I was just hitting the ball in the fairway, getting on in regulation,” Tschetter said. “That really helps your game because it sets you up for a good putt.”
Paige Argent carded a 39 on the front nine and a 45 on the back to tie for fourth with an 84.
“We had some good scores,” Tschetter said. “It was nice to keep it under 100 for all six of us.”
“I think the kids kept the ball in the fairway for the most part, but I really think they putted well,” Foltz said. “The greens here at Prairie West are very true. I was just really pleased with our putting today.”
Along with Tschetter’s 81 and Argent’s 84, Minot got 88s from Evie Reynolds and MaKensy Arlien, an 89 from Jaci Jones and a 90 from Marley Foltz.
“They kept the ball in play,” Foltz said. “They did a good job of overcoming a tough shot here and there. They recovered well. We stayed away from the real big numbers, the train wrecks. But I really think driving and putting was the key to scoring today. Every day, really. That’s not rocket science.”
Minot’s 341 edged St. Mary’s by one shot for the team title.
The Saints had three golfers finish in the top 10 – Gabby Easton tied for second with an 82, one shot back of Tschetter, while Sydney Smith tied for sixth with an 85 and Tonya Dvorak tied for ninth with am 86.
Williston had three golfers break 90 – Jami Wells and Kaleigh Carmichael each tied for sixth with 85s and Carrie Carmichael carded an 87 – finished third with a 349.
Payton Roehrich tied for second with an 82 and KayCee Schulz tied for fourth with an 84 to lead Mandan to a fourth-place team finish, three strokes back of the Coyotes.
Century had four golfers shoot in the 90s – Riley Crothers (90), Amber Domres (92), Maddie Braun (93) and Jamie Flam (96) – and finished fifth with a 371.
Up next for the West Region golfers is the Minot Invitational on Monday.