Anderson, Monsen qualify for State Girls Golf Tourney
By Neal A. Shipman
Two Watford City girls, Emilie Anderson and Allison Monsen, will be heading to Carrington this weekend to compete in the State Class B Girls Golf Tournament.
Anderson and Monsen qualified when they finished in the top 10 finishers at the Regional Tournament in New Town last Thursday.
Anderson, a senior, placed third individually with a qualifying score of 96, while Monsen also qualified for state with a 10th place finish and a score 112.
“Emilie has been a solid, consistent golfer all year and the team is really going to miss her next year,” states Kelli Jo Taylor, girls’ head coach. “And Allison Monsen had a good day placing in 10th and also qualifying for State.”
Rounding out the scores for the Watford City girls team was Shaunta Miller, Bessie Schmitz and Fallon Maston, all with 122 and Sydney Slais with a 123.
The top three finishing teams at the Regional Tournament automatically qualifed for the State Tournament, but with the girls team coming in with a fourth place finish, they missed the cut.
“We were disappointed with our fourth-place finish and not being able to go to State as a team,” stated Taylor. “We placed first and second at all of the meets this year so I think the team was overconfident going into the tournament. When they realized it was going to be a close meet, their nerves got the best of them.”
Likewise, the boys golf team came up just one place short of making a return trip to the State Tournament as the Wolves took fourth place in the boys regional tournament, which was held in Watford City last Friday.
“Mitchell Liebel, Colter Maki and Alex Hansen were very close to making the top 10 and qualifying for State as all three were in the top 15,” stated Scott Wisness, boys’ head coach. “They all had great tournaments throughout the season, but couldn’t quite put it all together on the same day.”
Liebel posted the best 18-hole score for the Wolves with an 84, while Maki and Hansen finished with scores of 85 and 86. Rounding out the team scores for Watford City was Beau Heiser, 89; Brandon Sandvick, 102; and Charles Villanueva, 104.
Overall, the boys team improved its team score by nine strokes from last week, but still failed to finish in the top three at Region.
“We just still fell a little short today,” states Wisness. “I am looking forward to next year. With everyone returning, we will definitely be motivated to have a good season and be one of the top teams in the region.”