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Rugby Girls Golfing at Full Steam

By Staff | Apr 24, 2015

Submitted Elizabeth Blessum swings during a golf meet at the MAFB Roughrider Golf Course. Blessum was the medalist, shooting a 97.

The Rugby High School girls golf team divided and conquered to pull ahead of the competition at a recent meet.

The team was split into two smaller teams – with five girls apiece – for a meet Tuesday at the Minot Air Force Base Roughrider Golf Course; an orange team, which took first with a team score of 440, and a black team, which took third with a team score of 448. The second place team, Northern Lights, only had a one stroke edge over the black team, but was seven strokes behind the orange team.

Senior Elizabeth Blessum not only led the orange team by shooting a 97, she also came home from the meet as the medalist. Junior Breanna Deaver was second on the team, behind Blessum by only nine strokes.

Senior Helen Johnson led the black team, shooting a 105. Classmate ReeAnn Christianson was not far behind, shooting a 106.

The team then golfed a combined 410 at a meet last week in Velva. Northern Lights was the next closest team at the meet with a score of 446.

Senior Darby Deckert led the charge for Rugby, shooting 99 for a fifth place finish. She was just one stroke away from fourth place finisher Madison Nadeau, of Dunseith.

Blessum was just two strokes behind Deckert for a sixth place finish, while Johnson finished the meet with a combined 102 from 18 holes.

Coach Leah Johnson said in an e-mail to the Tribune regarding the team’s performance: “The girls had good competitions at both Velva and Glenburn. We know we have areas to work on, and that’s what the season is for. The weather for both days was chilly, and that presents challenges that we really can’t always practice for. We will just keep addressing specific skills one at a time, and try to remember that we don’t have to be perfect but we need to steadily improve.”

The girls golfed Thursday at a meet in Underwood. Their next meets are Monday in Bottineau and an individual qualifying meet in Garrison.

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