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Bison are ahead of Tioga by two strokes at state girls golf meet

OXBOW -- Hazen took the team lead with consistency. The Bison shot 370 by counting four scores less than 100 - the only team to accomplish that - and took a two-stroke lead over Tioga in the Class B high school girls golf tournament at Oxbow Coun...

OXBOW -- Hazen took the team lead with consistency.

The Bison shot 370 by counting four scores less than 100 - the only team to accomplish that - and took a two-stroke lead over Tioga in the Class B high school girls golf tournament at Oxbow Country Club. Kara Dietz led the way for Hazen with an 86.

"I did not expect at all to be leading after the first day. We are awfully young, with three rookies and two girls with one year of experience. I am really pleased," Hazen coach Kathy Berglund said. "My philosophy is that you don't necessarily have to be leading after the first day, but it's nice to be within striking distance. We're doing well."

Molly Artz, of Westhope-Newburg, rallied with a strong second nine holes to take the first-day lead in the North Dakota Class B high school girls golf tournament at Oxbow Country Club.

Her 83, including a 38 coming in, is good for a one-stroke lead over Tioga's Shelby Carlson heading to today's final round.

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So is Artz. She is the surprise leader after a sterling final nine. It was the first time she'd shot less than 40 on nine holes. And it came after a first nine - she started on No. 10 - on which she shot 45 with a triple-bogey and two double-bogeys.

"I'm still in awe. I can't believe it. When I finished I looked at the scorecard and was speechless," Artz said. "I shouldn't even be here. I shot 108 in regions. I should not have qualified for state."

Defending champion Paige Anderson of Watford City shot 86 and is tied for third with Dietz and Steph Lockert of Bowman County. Shelly Schwan of Watford City shot 87. Mandi Bindas of Kindred and Annie Twells of Fargo Oak Grove both had 88.

Watford City (377) and Kenmare (382) were the only other teams to shoot less than 400.

Molly Artz, of Westhope-Newburg, rallied with a strong second nine holes to take the first-day lead in the North Dakota Class B high school girls golf tournament at Oxbow Country Club. Her 83, including a 38 coming in, is good for a one-stroke lead over Tioga's Shelby Carlson heading to today's final round.

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