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Jahner leads pack at East-West

FNS Photo by John M. Steiner Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner hits a tee shot during the East-West Classic on Monday at the Jamestown Country Club.

JAMESTOWN -- For the first tournament of the season, the Dickinson High girls golf team aren't complaining much.

The Midgets are currently in a tie for first place with Fargo Davies in the East-West Classic.

Dickinson seniors Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper shot a 79 and 80, respectively, to lead the team to an opening round total of 363 on Monday at the Jamestown Country Club.

"In the first tournament out no matter if you are a seventh-grader or a senior, there are going to be nerves," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "They went out and played really well for their first day. They put themselves into a good place. We are in a tie for first right now and it is really close. Anything can happen tomorrow, but at least they put themselves into a good spot for the second day."

Jahner, who was the Class A state runner-up last year, is currently in a tie for first place with Davies' Jennifer Marsh. Cooper is in a three-way tie for third place with Bismarck High's Kate Kasper and Davies' Kathleen Marsh.

The Midgets two other scores came from eighth-grader Sydney Charchenko with a 99 and junior Rachel Lantz with a 105. Dickinson also had senior Kesley Yon (108) and sophomore Katherine Kessel (109) at the East-West Classic.

Bismarck Century and Fargo North are both tied for third with a 365, while Jamestown is in fifth with a 368.

Though the Midgets are only in their first tournament of the season, the team is looking to gain confidence as the Jamestown Country Club is also the host site of the West Region tournament on Sept. 23.

"They get to play the course two days in a row to start the season and they are going to learn a lot from both of these days," Berglund said. "They are going to take it all in and work on it. When we come back at the region tournament, we will hopefully have a lot more confidence, because they will know what to do and they won't question themselves."

Berglund said after the first round concluded the team has already talked about where to make improvements. Dickinson continues the East-West Classic at 7 a.m. today.

"There is still room for improvement, but now they've played the course, they wrote down some notes on what to do for tomorrow," Berglund said. "Everyone knows what area of their game they want to work on. A lot of it was staying out of trouble, chipping and putting."