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Record-breaking round: Heart River sets a pair of records in first round of East-West Classic, Bowman County’s Peterson paces the field

Heart River sophomore Campbell Clarys hits a drive off the 18th tee of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)1 / 10
Heart River freshman Grace Nantt knocks in her putt at the ninth green of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)2 / 10
Tioga sophomore Asha Valliere watches her drive off the 10th tee of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 10
Mott-Regent senior Alora Warner hits a shot off the 13th tee of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)4 / 10
Heart River senior Katie Keator hits her ball out of the rough on the 11th green of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)5 / 10
Bowman County eighth grader Bailey Peterson takes a swing out of the drop zone from the ninth hole of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)6 / 10
Hazen senior Karlee Schmitt hits a shot off the 13th tee of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)7 / 10
Western Morton County freshman Kara Schantz chips onto the nine green of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Classic on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)8 / 10
Heart River senior Katie Keator watches her drive off the 10th tee of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)9 / 10
Western Morton County eighth-grader Caiden Aanderud hits a putt on the ninth green of the Pheasant Country Golf Course during the Class B East-West Tournament on Friday, May 10. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)10 / 10

SOUTH HEART — Golfers from 15 Class B girls golf programs traveled to Pheasant Country Golf Course to participate in the second annual East-West Classic on Friday, May 10.

While only eight of the schools featured full teams, the depth and participants competing in the two-day tournament have increased.

"I'm real happy with (the turnout) because we're getting towns coming from further away," Heart River head coach Kirby Robb said. "Central Cass is by Fargo, Kenmare is a long drive, Northern Lights returned again from the Rolla area. I believe Carrington is coming next year. We're trying to make this as big as the state tournament, kind of like a warm-up for the state tournament. The girls really like playing new girls outside of the region, because you always kind of play the girls in your region. So, this gives them a new opponent to play against, kind of fun once and a while to meet new people."

At the end of first-round play, Robb had something else to be happy with.

The Cougars' lineup of senior Katie Keator, sophomore Campbell Clarys, and freshmen Grace Nantt and Maddie Jarrett set a single-round school record and a new course record by swinging their home links with a combined score of 323.

Their performance was two shots better than the previous school mark, and a 10-shot improvement from the previous course record.

"My top-four is really starting to play well closing in on the state tournament, which I'm happy to see," Heart River head coach Kirby Robb said. "We did leave a lot of shots out there, to be honest with you, but I'm very proud of them. The weather is finally warming up, which helps too. The conditions all spring haven't been the best, but I couldn't be much prouder as a coach. To shoot a 323 is pretty solid."

Despite the Heart River foursome maintaining four of the top six spots, it was Bowman County's Brooke Peterson who ended day one as the clubhouse leader. With the aid of a 35 on the back nine, the senior vaulted ahead of the pack with a low-round of 75.

"I just really tried to play the course as it is and to play safe because I knew I couldn't afford to try crazy shots," Peterson said. "I played really straight forward and I played the course as it was meant to be played. And it worked out. ... I couldn't have asked for a better day."

Struggling with her driver throughout the course of the day, Peterson opted to use a hybrid club to set up an eagle putt on the Par-5 17th hole.

"I had a 30-foot eagle putt and I just wanted to get it close enough to make a birdie, and it ended up going in. I wasn't going to complain." Peterson said.

After parring the 18th hole, Peterson holds a one-shot led over Keator. With just two birdies and one bogey, the Heart River senior shot a tournament-low 35 on the front nine. However, on the 10th and 11th holes, Keator hit tee-shots into the rough, going three-over in that stretch.

"I'm still really confident in hitting my driver, I just didn't hit some spots," Keator said. "I still made good contact with the ball, it just didn't put me in some good places to hit the second shot.

"I want to beat my score from today and I want to play better, and I want to win as a team and individually."

Clarys is four strokes off the lead in third while Jarrett and Beach senior Malia Cunningham are tied for fourth after shooting 83s. Nantt is two shots behind Cunningham and Jarrett in sixth.

The top non-Region 5 golfer was Tioga's Asha Valleire. After finishing in a tie for ninth in last year's event, the sophomore sits alone in 11th with a day-one mark of 94.

"The front nine was a lot better than the back nine," Valliere said of her round. "There were a couple of tough holes, a lot of tough pin-placements, but overall I'm pretty proud of it and hopefully tomorrow will be a little bit better."

Class B East-West Tournament - First Round

Pheasant Country Golf Course

Team scores: 1, Heart River, 323. 2, Bowman County, 359. 3, Hazen, 379. 4, Northern Lights-Rolla, 400. 5, Stanley, 422. 6, Beach, 453. 7, Tioga, 471. 8, Western Morton County, 482.

Individual top 10: 1, Brooke Peterson, BC, 75. 2, Katie Keator, HR, 76. 3, Campbell Clarys, HR, 79. T4, Malia Cunningham, B, 83. T4, Maddie Jarrett, HR, 83. 6, Grace Nantt, HR, 85. 7, Karlee Schmitt, H, 89. 8, Alexis Lamb, Beach, 90. 9, Elise Fischer, BC, 91. 10, Shanna Bakken, H, 93.

11, Asha Valliere, T, 94. 12, Emily Belland, BC, 96. T13, Logan Blankenbaker, BC, 97. T13, Jeneca Kostad, Kenmare, 97. T13, Alora Wanner, Mott-Regent, 97. T13, Sadie Good, NLR, 97. T17, Hannah Hoffman, Center-Stanton, 98. T17, Emmalia Frei, H, 98. T17, Gabby Wilkie, NLR, 98. T20, Bailey Peterson, BC, 99. T20, Emma Saewert, Central Cass, 99. T20, Jordyn Peterson, G, 99. T20, Kaisa Mortenson, S, 99. T20, Caiti Henessy, S, 99.

T25, Ema Lee, CC, 102. T25, Madelyn Braunberger, NLR, 102. T27, Megan McCarthy, H, 103. T27, Joslyn Nordmark, NLR, 103. T29, Molly Robb, HR, 104. T29, MacKenna Hanson, S, 104.

31, Mackenzee Schneider, HR, 107. 32, Carly Seidler, Garrison-Max, 108. T33, Hailey Hoffman, CS, 113. T33, Maddie Wilkie, NLR, 113. 35, Chloe Carr, T, 115. T36, Brooke Bang, Killdeer, 116. T36, Kara Schantz, WMC, 116. T38, Sami Watt, CC, 117. T38, Caiden Anderud, WMC, 117. 40, Courtney Soupir, WMC, 119.

41, Sunny Halvorson, S, 120. 42, Abby Hysjulien, H, 121. T43, Emma Welch, BC, 122. T43, Iris Dukart, K, 122. 45, Olivia Martens, Beulah, 125. 46, Carmen Elick, NLR, 127. 47, Tilda Ernstsson, Bea., 129. T48, Aspen Locken, S, 130. T48, Lydia Carr, T, 130. T48, Gabby Kuhn, WMC, 130.

51, Halle Sorenson, S, 131. T52, Mackenzie Fuller, GM, 132. T52, Mackenzie Gerving, WMC, 137. 55, Sydness Steele, Bea., 151. 56, Kaysen Hirsch, T, 156.

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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