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Midgets can’t stay away from high numbers at home invite

There's a benefit to playing the home golf course. But the Dickinson High girls golf team also found out there's more pressure playing at home. The Midgets tried to overcome the nerves, but finished with too many high scores on multiple holes dur...

Sydney Charchenko
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson freshman Sydney Charchenko putts on Hole No. 18 during the Dickinson High Invitational on Friday at Heart River Golf Course.

There’s a benefit to playing the home golf course.
But the Dickinson High girls golf team also found out there’s more pressure playing at home.
The Midgets tried to overcome the nerves, but finished with too many high scores on multiple holes during the Dickinson High Invitational on Friday at Heart River Golf Course.
“(Friday) wasn’t really our best day, but we learned a lot from it,” Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. “It was hit and miss. There some really good holes and then there were some really bad ones. We are going to try to get a little more consistent. We just have to stay away from the big numbers.”
As a team Dickinson finished sixth with a 397, the second-highest team total of the season.
Freshman Sydney Charchenko was the Midgets’ top finisher with a 95. Dickinson junior Becca Fry, who opened the season with three tough rounds, posted her second straight round of under 100 with a 96. Rachel Lantz - the Midgets’ lone senior - supplied a 98, while eighth-grader Gabby Knopik had a 108.
“We thought we could have done a lot better,” Charchenko said.
Charchenko, whose season-best 89 occurred during the opening round of the East-West Classic, had trouble on and around the greens. The freshman finished with a 51 on the front nine and a 44 on the back.
“I felt like I was struggling on the front nine and then I came around on the back pretty good,” she said. “My putting was off and my chipping wasn’t going right, but it was mostly my putting.”
Bismarck High collected multiple wins with the top team score and individual winner. The Demons finished with a 349, while junior Katie Kasper posted the lowest individual score at 76. Bismarck Century finished runner-up with a 366, while Minot placed third (376).
Through the first four invitationals, Kasper has three wins including the top finish at the East-West Classic.
“I played pretty well,” Kasper said. “I chipped and putted well. I think I’ve finally hit my stride and I’m getting to where I thought I could be and where I want to be.
“I’m happy that my team is doing as well as myself, so then we can enjoy winning together.”
Dickinson has a quick turnaround traveling to the Bismarck High Invitational at 9 a.m. today.
“I told the girls that (today) is a new day,” Berglund said. “They should take what did well from (Friday) and carry it over to (today). You never know when you are going to go on a string of pars or something like that.”

Dickinson High Invitational
At Heart River Golf Course
Team scores: Bismarck High 349, Bismarck Century 366, Minot 376, Jamestown 385, Mandan 389, Dickinson 397, Williston 419, Turtle Mountain 519
Individual top 10: 1, Katie Kasper, Bismarck, 76. 2, Sierra Bennion, Jamestown, 82. 3, McKinley Bender, Minot, 86. 4, Taylor Miller, Bismarck, 5, Sarah Azure, Jamestown, 89. 6 (tie), Kayla Smith, Century, 90; Sydney Smith, Century, 90. 8, Lauren Bischof, Century, 91. 9, Tonya Dvorak, Bismarck 92. 10, Kylie Bergan, Bismarck, 93.
Other Dickinson finishers: Sydney Charchenko, 95; Becca Fry, 96; Rachel Lantz, 98; Gabby Knopik, 108; Daisia Wallner, 111; Amaya Dullum, 141.

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