Ally Tiedemann completed the first day in a tie for seventh and Leach sat in a tie for 55th.
The two final Pirates competing in spring sports for the year, Ally Tiedemann and Joslynn Leach, played the first of two rounds at the State Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 12. Tiedemann, a senior competing in her fifth straight state golf tournament, sits in a tie for seventh place and Leach, a freshman making her state debut, finished in a tie for 55th place.
Tiedemann shot an 80 in the first round posting a 38 in the front nine and a 42 in the back nine. Tiedemann and four other players ended day one with a score of 80. Of those four, Maddie Herzog of Detroit Lakes, who Tiedemann beat in the Section 8AA Meet by three strokes to earn medalist honors, occupies one of those spots.
Sophia Yoemans of Red Wing leads the entire field of 87 golfers after shooting a 63 for the first 18 holes.
“If you ask Ally, she’ll say she was disappointed,” Head Coach Jeff Perreault said. “She wanted to be in the 70s, but had one tough hole. A few didn’t fall for her, but other than that, she played pretty solidly. Hole 12 gave her some trouble and she ended up posting an eight. That can ruin many golfers’ rounds, but she didn’t let that happen. I think she parred out from there and showed a lot of character and grit.”
After a 51 in the front nine, Leach regrouped and shaved nine strokes off in the back nine to finish the day with a score of 93. Leach qualified for state by snagging the final individual spot at the Section 8AA Meet by a single stroke.
Perreault thinks anxiety affected Leach’s game in the early holes, but liked how she handled a difficult back nine.
“On the front nine, she was nervous,” Perreault said. “This is her first state tournament, there’s people everywhere and she had members of her family following her. She started with a bogey, but on the second hole, she got in some trouble in the hazard. She wasn’t putting like she can, but you could tell she was a little nervous with how she was gripping. Then the back nine is a very challenging nine holes. She really rebounded nicely and had a great back nine.”
Tiedemann began her day two at 8:06 a.m. and Leach teed off at 7:39 a.m.
Only 18 holes lie between the Crookston golfers and the end of the 2018 season. The two have their goals in mind of which Perreault is aware and he hopes they can achieve them to close out a successful season.
“If Joslynn can go out tomorrow and shoot in the 80s, she’ll be very happy,” Perreault said. “If Ally can play to her potential and maybe shoot par, it would be a great way to end one of the best golf careers here as far as I can remember.”