While many high schoolers spent the summer by the pool or on the beach, Minot High sophomore Paige Argent spent it on the golf course.
Argent put countless hours into her game during the offseason, playing on the Western Dakota Junior Golf Tour, where she traveled the state with teammate McKinley Bender. They played courses in Bismarck, Medora, Mandan, Carrington, Dickinson and Jamestown, along with Minot's Vardon Golf Club.
Argent said she played nearly every day and Minot coach Scott Foltz said her improvement is noticeable.
Minot High sophomore Paige Argent shot a season-low 80 at the Turtle Mountain Invite in Dunseith on Aug. 28. She leads the team with an 86 scoring average.
"Paige is really having a breakout season this year," Foltz said. "All of her hard work over the summer is really paying off. She put hours and hours and hours in. She played in just about every junior tour event. She is really reaping the rewards of a productive summer."
Argent leads the Majettes with an 86 scoring average and is coming off a season-best 80 at the Turtle Mountain Invite at Garden Gate Golf Course in Dunseith on Aug. 28. She finished third at the event, five strokes off the lead. Argent recorded nine pars and a birdie on a course she said she had played just once - a practice round the week prior.
Her 80 in Dunseith followed an 82 in the Minot Invite at Souris Valley Golf Course, where she again placed third individually.
"So far the season's been really good and I've been proud of how I've been continually getting better and improving," Argent said.
Argent opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the East-West Classic at Jamestown Country Club, a course she played in the summer during the tour. Among the tour schedule were six courses she'll play this season, including Jamestown, where the West Region and state tournaments are held.
"I learned on the tour that every time I play those courses, the easier they get and also what I need to do to score well," Argent said.
Argent's been Minot's top finisher in all three events and has posted three of the team's top four rounds (the East-West Classic was a two-day event). Still, Argent's leadership may be just as strong as her golf game.
"She's a great leader for the team," Foltz said. "She and McKinley are our team captains and are just outstanding leaders for us. McKinley's an excellent role model. McKinley's work ethic is second to none and Paige has followed that work ethic. They've played a lot together this summer."
Argent and Bender have been 1-2 on the team in scoring all season.
"She's doing great this year," Bender said. "She's just been playing her game. She's worked hard this summer. She's hitting her driver really good. She's becoming more consistent. Every tournament she's been very consistent."
Argent said her goal is to shoot in the 70s this season. She still has five tournaments remaining in the regular season before the West Region tournament on Sept. 29. The Majettes tee off next in the Dickinson Invite on Friday at 11 a.m.
With the rest of this season, and two more years ahead of her, Foltz sees tremendous upside for Argent in the near future.
"She is going to be - at this current pace - one of the elite in North Dakota golf in the next couple of years," Foltz said.
Mike Kraft covers Minot High athletics and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft24_MDN.