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Heart River leading after Day 1 of Class B girls golf tournament

The Cougars look to capture their first title since 2018.

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Heart River senior Grace Nantt follows through on the 14th hole during the first round of the Class B girls golf state tournament at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington on Monday. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)
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The Heart River girls golf team is in prime position to secure their second-ever Class B state championship.

As it stands, the Cougars are well ahead of the rest of the field at the Class B girls golf state tournament after the first day of competition at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington.

Heart River leads the team score by over 20 strokes at 325. Napoleon/G-S sits in second place at 347. Linton/HMB are third with 355 while two-time defending state champions and eight time champions overall Kindred are in 4th at 356.

It’s the lowest-ever round score the Cougars have recorded. In comparison, they shot a 342 and 343 in last year’s state tournament , which was also a record low at the time.

Leading the way individually for Heart River is senior Madisen Jarrett. She shot a 79, 7 over par. Jarrett collected one birdie and four bogeys. She had just one double-bogey, coming on hole 8, a par three. Jarrett was 3 over on the front nine and 4 over on the back.

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Heart River senior Madisen Jarrett watches her ball approach the hole on 17 during the first round of the Class B girls golf state tournament at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington on Monday. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

She ran into a little trouble on hole 16, a par four. Jarrett’s drive from the tee box veered left and reached the edge of the fairway on nearby hole 17. A hill in front of her blocked her view of the 16th green and examined the terrain before taking her second shot.

Her chip just clipped the top of the hill and rolled down into the rough about a foot from the green. She executed her next put and nearly put it in for a birdie, but it drifted just wide as she took the par. Considering how the hole began after the drive, it was a solid result.

Jarrett currently sits in a tie for 4th. The overall leader is Grafton junior Ainsley McLain at 73, 1 over par. Defending state champion Avery Bartels, a sophomore from Kindred, is in second at 74.

Joining Jarrett in the top ten are her teammates junior Mackenzee Schneider and senior Grace Nantt. Schneider began the day as the Cougar’s fourth golfer, but sits just one back of her teammate with an 80, tied for 6th. She too had one birdie and four bogeys, but had one more double-bogey than Jarrett.

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Heart River sophomore Molly Robb on the 5th hole tee box during the first round of the Class B girls golf state tournament at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington on Monday. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

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Nantt is alone in 10th place at 82, 10 over par, but was able to hit two birdies on the day, both coming on the front nine. Overall on the front end she was 3 over par. It was the back nine that let her down, finishing 7 over par.

Additionally, sophomore Molly and eighth-grader Megan Robb are inside the top 20. No other team has multiple golfers currently in the top 10.

Jarrett and Schneider will be in the second-to-last group to tee off tomorrow morning.

RESULTS AFTER DAY ONE

TEAM SCORES - TOP 10

1 - Heart River, 325

2 - Napoleon/G-S, 347

3 - Linton/HMB, 355

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4 - Kindred, 356

5 - Oak Grove, 363

6 - Grafton, 378

7 - Rugby, 389

8 - Stanley, 394

9 - Carrington, 396

10 - Des Lacs-Burlington, 401

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10

1 - Ainsley McLain, Grafton, +1, 73

2 - Avery Bartels, Kindred, +2, 74

3 - Elle Nicholas, North Star, +5, 77

T4 - Libby Dulmage, Rugby, +7, 79

T4 - Madisen Jarrett, Heart River, +7, 79

T6 - Kathleen Vetter, Linton/HMB +8, 80

T6 - Lauryn Keller, Des Lacs-Burlington +8, 80

T6 - Mackenzee Schneider, Heart River, +8, 80

T6 - Sophie Brantner, Oak Grove, +8, 80

10 - Grace Nantt, Heart River +10, 82

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Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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