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DHS seeks good show at West Region

The Dickinson High girls golf team was young and inexperienced. In the 2014 season, the Midgets received scores from four freshmen and one eighth-grader. Dickinson's lone senior is Rachel Lantz and its only junior is Becca Fry. Despite having a r...

Rachel Lantz
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Rachel Lantz putts on Hole No. 14 during the Dickinson High Invitational on Sept. 5 at Heart River Golf Course.

The Dickinson High girls golf team was young and inexperienced.
In the 2014 season, the Midgets received scores from four freshmen and one eighth-grader. Dickinson’s lone senior is Rachel Lantz and its only junior is Becca Fry.
Despite having a roster filled with underclassmen, Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund is pleased with how the team has continually improved.
With the West Region Tournament to begin Monday at the Jamestown Country Club, the Midgets are working on one area - keeping focus during all 18 holes.
“We are focusing on one shot at a time and try to keep the focus and concentration for 18 holes,” Berglund said. “We don’t do that right now and we really need to do that coming into the regional tournament. We might have 11 or 12 pretty good holes, but then the other ones kill our score. We can have great practices, but the girls are averaging a six and half hour round. You really have to find a way to concentrate for the full 18 holes.”
The four freshmen for Dickinson are Sydney Charchenko, Daisia Wallner, Sydney Getz and Amaya Dullum. The eighth-grader is Gabby Knopik, who has the third-best 18-hole average this season for the Midgets at 103.9 strokes. Charchenko has the second-best average at 97.
Lantz, who leads the team with a 95.9 average, said the younger players have stepped up and helped fill some pretty big shoes.
“It seems like we really go on a roller coaster with our scores,” Lantz said. “We’ll have a really good day and we feel good about it. But then, there were a couple of tournaments that didn’t turn out as well as we would have liked. It’s kind of been all around, but hopefully, it will be one of those top days when we go into the West Region.”
Fry’s season has been full of ups and downs. The junior couldn’t play the entire summer because she had knee surgery.
Despite finishing the regular season with an average 106.4, Fry managed to supply the Midgets with the second-best score during two of the eight tournaments.
“It’s been real rough,” Fry said with a laugh. “It’s getting there. I couldn’t do anything - I couldn’t run, I couldn’t play basketball, I couldn’t play softball - but it’s getting better.”
For the first time since the opening week of the season, the Midgets travel back to the Jamestown Country Club. Dickinson finished 10th at the East-West Classic after shooting a two-day team score of 803. The Midgets were the sixth-best West Region during the tournament.
Lantz said having familiarity with the course should bode well for the Midgets. The last time the Midgets played in a postseason tournament at the Jamestown Country Club former Dickinson High standout Riana Cooper finished runner-up during the 2013 West Region Tournament.
“It’s our last chance to prove that we can be in the top six spots in the state,” Lantz said. “We’ve had a lot of practice lately and we are working on the little aspects of our game that’s going to lessen our scores.”
Dickinson ended the regular season with a 399.4 team average.
Though the ending scores aren’t where Berglund hoped they would be, she said there has been improvement during practice. Now those improvements have to translated to the course during tournaments.
“There have definitely been bumps in the road with our scores, but from the beginning year until now the biggest thing they gained was experience,” Berglund said. “We might be young, but they’ve been playing all year long now. They’ve got more experience at the varsity level. They have shown some gains in practice and now we just need to convert that into scoring at tournaments.”

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