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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • State AA Golf: Heppner, Tiedemann take positives from day 1

  • Pirate senior Brady Heppner shot an 84 and is tied for 65th place, while eighth grader Ally Tiedemann carded an 89 and is tied for 43rd place after Tuesday's first round at the State AA Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.
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  • Pirate senior Brady Heppner shot an 84 and is tied for 65th place, while eighth grader Ally Tiedemann carded an 89 and is tied for 43rd place after Tuesday's first round at the State AA Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.
    Tiedemann started out her round with birdies on the first two holes, 10 and 11. A triple bogey at 13 and double bogeys at 16 and 18 were speed bumps in her first nine holes, but she managed to shoot a 43. A triple bogey at the fourth and double bogeys at the third and seventh were the slips on her second nine.
    It was a positive debut at state for the eighth grader, who posted five pars and two birdies.
    "As a coach, I see so many positives for an eighth grader," Pirate girls' head coach Jeff Perreault said. "The way Ally scrambles tells you a lot about what kind of kid she is. Tomorrow we'd like to see something around the 84 range. Overall, I would say a great start."
    A veteran of the state tournament, Heppner was hoping for a lower score but started out slow, but later rallied. Heppner put together a string of one under over six holes from 15 to the second hole.
    "Talking with Brady back in noon at lunch we were not looking at something in the 80s," Pirate boys' head coach Steve Kofoed said. "Knowing the fact that tee shots are an important thing on this course and that's where we've been struggling the past week and a half. Brady played the first five holes at five over. There was a lot of thinking going on. But he was right in it with all of his group. Nobody was throwing darts in his group. It was one of those days that was really long. It was five and a half or six hours. The strap broke on his bag so it was just one of those days."
    Despite a higher score than she would have wanted, coach Perreault saw a lot of positives from Tiedemann's round.
    "I was really pleased with her start, birdie, birdie, par, but we had to wait 20 minutes on the fourth hole due to a ruling," explained coach Perreault. "She didn't take a comfortable swing, she had too much time to think, and got into a little bit of trouble. A little bit of frustration seeped in after her great start. Ally got up and down a couple times so there were a lot of positives. She sees her scorecard and sees five 7s on there. She left some strokes out there."
    Heppner begins his final high school round Wednesday at 12:09 p.m. on hole 10. The key for him will be to set himself up with quality tee shots and play relaxed.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Brady has to go and realize he's playing his last high school round," coach Kofoed said. "He needs to feel loose and don't feel like you have to shoot 73. Just relax and go have a good time, and end your career on a good note. If he shoots something in the 74 range he would move up 20 spots. Whatever happens, happens. Go out there, make smart decisions and maybe catch a break."
    For Tiedemann, it's all about gaining experience and soaking it all in. She teed off at 7:48 a.m. on hole 10.
    "We had gorgeous, perfect golf weather," coach Perreault said. "I don't know if you could have dialed up better weather. The course was great. They got a little rain over the weekend so there was a little casual water here and there, but it played very fair today. It will be a little more challenging tomorrow with the pin placements. There will definitely be five or six pin placements tomorrow that were more challenging than today."
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