Swinging at Vardon

Majettes golf third in home invite, Tschetter falls in a playoff

Justin Martinez/MDN Majettes junior Becca Tschetter sets her sights on the hole in the late moments of the Minot Invitational Monday afternoon at the Vardon Golf Club. Tschetter finished second after losing a two-hole playoff.

It’s all about getting better each day for the Minot High School girls golf team, and Monday was no different.

The Majettes took the battle to their home turf, hosting the Minot Invitational at the Vardon Golf Club.

When the dust settled, MHS found themselves a few strokes away from the top spot, finishing in third with a team score of 324. First-place honors went to Century, totaling a team score of 312, and Mandan took second with 321.

Despite falling short, the Majettes walked off the course with something to build on.

“I think the girls are playing about as good as they can play right now,” MHS head coach Scott Foltz said. “That Century team is just an awfully talented crew, though. I thought we could’ve found a couple strokes here and there, but we will next time.”

The Majettes kept pace in the early moments, taking full advantage of playing on a course that has become a second home for its veteran players. It’s an opportunity that seldomly presents itself as the Minot Invitational is the only meet the team will host all season.

“(Our team) knows this course so well,” Foltz said. “They’re able to get a good drive and really attack the greens here, which lets them get into a good rhythm. That’s what they did today.”

Among those who navigating the familiar terrain was Jaci Jones. The junior was in the first group to finish the day, posting a season-best 76 and a fifth-place individual finish. Senior Joelle Fettig also had a strong outing, shooting an 81.

The day ended with fireworks, as junior Becca Tschetter and Bismarck’s Hannah Herbel found themselves in a playoff for the top individual spot, tied at 74. After a two-hole battle and a number of miraculous shots, Herbal emerged victorious with a chip shot to seal the victory.

Although the tough break isn’t what Tschetter had hoped for, the outing marked the junior’s best performance this season.

“(Tschetter) is just a hard-nosed competitor,” Foltz said. “She’s so determined, she gets after it and she doesn’t like to lose. Still, today was good for her.”

Sydney Berg (93), Savanah Brintnell (97) and Bella Dombrinski (withdrawn) also golfed for the Majettes.

With five meets now in the books, the Majettes are still in search of a first-place finish that has eluded them all season. It’s a feat the players are determined to tackle, but Foltz knows there’s a much more important title up for grabs at the end of the season.

“We have an athletic bunch that just wants to win,” Foltz said. “But what really matters are the regional and state tournaments. We just have to keep showing improvement if we want to get to that point.”

For now, the team shifts its focus to the Bismarck Invitational at the Tom O’Leary Golf Course on Sept. 7.

“It comes down to us needing to find a fourth scorer,” Foltz said. “Everyone has to keep pushing, but we’re getting there.”

Justin Martinez covers Minot High School and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JTheSportsDude.