Dearstyne tees up spot in state meet
Mariena Dearstyne thought her chances of qualifying for the state Class AA girls golf tournament were gone after the first hole of Monday’s Section 8AA tournament at Longbow Golf Course.
One shot 10 holes later changed her mind.
After opening with a 47 on her first nine holes on the back side, a birdie on hole No. 2 sparked a 39 on the second nine holes on the front side that led to an 86. That ended up giving Dearstyne the fourth of five individual spots for the state tournament.
“Before I started I was pretty confident,” said Dearstyne. “I was not confident at all after I took a 9 on the first hole. After my 47 I thought there was no way. I said to myself that it’s a new 9 and things can’t get any worse. The birdie on No. 2 got my confidence up.”
After the 9 on the par-5 No. 10 hole, Dearstyne carded seven bogeys and a par to hit the halfway mark with a 47.
The second nine was a different story as the Park Rapids freshman entered the clubhouse with four pars and three bogeys after the key birdie to secure a state berth.
Detroit Lakes coasted to the team title with a 310 behind Matty Tschider’s 76, Trisa Hutchinson’s 77, Natalie Roth’s 78, Emma Thompson’s 79, Kate Smith’s 82 and Sydney Busker’s 83.
When those six scores were eliminated from the list of individual qualifiers, Dearstyne finished fourth behind the 80 of Perham’s Rebecca Huus, the 83 of Fergus Falls’ Megan Niblock and the 84 of Pelican Rapids’ Alexa Bekkerus.
“I thought Mariena had a pretty good shot to get to state,” said Park Rapids head coach Walt Harrison. “I knew she was capable of shooting in the 80s and if she played her game, she’d be in good shape.”
Playing on the Junior PGA Tour last summer helped Dearstyne earn her first trip to state. Dearstyne played in nine Junior PGA events last summer and carded nine rounds in the 80s.
Dearstyne is hoping to shoot two more rounds in the 80s at the state meet, which will feature 18 holes Tuesday and 18 holes Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.
“Playing in the Junior PGA helped a lot,” said Dearstyne, who shot an 83 during a Junior PGA event at Sand Creek last summer. “One of my goals was to shoot a decent score at sections and get to state. I’m looking to keep my scores down and hopefully shoot two rounds in the low 80s.”
“Mariena is going up against the best golfers in the state, but I think she’ll definitely be in the top half,” said Harrison. “If she plays well, she could possibly finish in the top third.”
Williams just misses state berth
The Panthers almost had two girls qualify for the state tournament.
Hannah Williams contended for a state berth in her final section appearance by carding an 87 at Monday’s section meet. That left Williams in a three-way tie for the final state berth with Perham’s Rachel Nelson and Crookston’s Maddie Nicholls.
Williams and Nelson matched scores on the first two holes before Nelson claimed the final state berth with a par on the third hole of the sudden-death playoff.
Led by Dearstyne and Williams, the Panthers finished third as a team with a 390. Alyza Edevold’s 107 and Riley Kimball’s 110 rounded out Park Rapids’ team score.
“I felt so bad for Hannah. She was so close to making it,” said Harrison. “Taking third (as a team) wasn’t bad. We peaked at the end of the year with our two best rounds. It was a good way for the team to end the season.”
Team scores: Detroit Lakes 310, Perham 358, Park Rapids 390, Roseau 392, Wadena-Deer Creek 392, Crookston 395.
Medalist: Mattie Tschider, DL, 76. 2, Trisa Hutchinson, DL, 77. 3, Natalie Roth, DL, 78. 4, Emma Thompson, DL, 79. 4, Rebecca Huus, Perham, 80. 5, Kate Smith, DL, 82. 6 (tie), Sydney Busker, DL, and Megan Niblock, FF, 83. 8, Alexa Bekkerus, Pelican, 84. 9, Mariena Dearstyne, PR, 86. 10 (tie), Rachel Nelson, Perham, Hannah Williams, PR, and Maddie Nicholls, Crookston, 87.
Park Rapids results
Mariena Dearstyne 86, Hannah Williams 87, Alyza Edevold 107, Riley Kimball 110, Dana McDonald 114, Drew Hilmanowski 128.
Panthers advance to section meet
Dearstyne and Williams carded identical rounds at the North Subsection 8AA tournament at East Grand Forks’ Valley Golf Course on May 29 to send the Panthers to the section tournament.
Dearstyne finished third with an 86 and Williams was fourth with an 87 in leading the Panthers to a 389. Edevold and Kimball rounded out Park Rapids’ team score with 108s.
Roseau’s Gracie Olson and East Grand Forks’ Kelsey Schlenk shared medalist honors with 84s. Roseau won the team title with a 376 while Crookston carded a 387 to also advance to the section tournament.
Tasha Maninga and Laura Niska carded 105s while Ally Ohlgren carded a 110 for United North Central.
Team scores: Roseau 376, Crookston 387, Park Rapids 389, East Grand Forks 395, Thief River Falls 404, Warroad 524, Bagley 527, United North Central incomplete.
Co-medalists: Gracie Olson, Ros, and Kelsey Schlenk, EGF, 84. 3, Mariena Dearstyne, PR, 86. 4, Hannah Williams, PR, 87. 5, Ally Tiedemann, C, 92. 6 (tie), Haley Wensloff, R, Maddie Nicholls, C, and Leah Trostad, C, 96. 9 (tie), Sydney Anderson, TRF, and Emily Gottberg, EGF, 97. 11 (tie), Tiffany Espe, R, and Hannah Radcliffe, R, 98. 13, McKenna Blaine, TRF, 99. 14, Amber Trostad, C, 103. 15 (tie), Brooke Anderson, TRF, and Ashley Borchardt, TRF, 104.
Park Rapids results
Mariena Dearstyne 44-42-86, Hannah Williams 45-42-87, Alyza Edevold 54-54-108, Riley Kimball 52-56-108, Drew Hilmanowski 56-61-117, Dana McDonald 59-58-117.
United North Central results
Tasha Maninga 52-53-105, Laura Niska 52-53-105, Ally Ohlgren 57-53-110.