Crookston junior Ally Tiedemann is on the brink of bringing home hardware this week.
With Day 1 of the Minnesota State High School League Class AA State Golf Meet in Jordan complete, Tiedemann sits in a tie for ninth place with Byron junior Grace Hillemeier with a score of 82.
“I think she’s sitting in a position where she’s within striking distance of the top,” girls head coach Jeff Perreault said. “She didn’t putt as well as she can. I’m pretty sure she had five three-putts (yesterday.) Her normal deal is two putts per green so if she does that, knock five strokes off her score, she’s right in the top five.”
Tiedemann has expressed her determination to do well in the state’s biggest golf meet to Perreault.
“She has stated that her goal is to be a state champion,” Perreault said. “That’s what she wants. This being her junior year, she’s running out of chances to do that. She’s going to go out and give it everything she has (today) and hopefully it works out where she can move up in the leaderboards.”
Fellow Crookston teammate Maddie Nicholls currently sits in a five-way tie for 41st place with a 94.
“(It’s) well above her average,” Perreault said. “Just a few holes that got the best of her.
“The one thing I give her credit for is when you have a hole where you kind of fall apart – you hit it out of bounds a couple of times and you have to take a nine – it’s easier to fold it up and just be done. She didn’t do that. She battled. She got things back on track and didn’t just completely fall apart.”
Perreault said Nicholls’ goal would be to finish in either the top 20 or 25.
“It’s her senior year and it’s her last chance of doing this so she wants to do well,” Perreault said.
Minnewaska senior Ashlyn Guggisberg shot a 37 and a 36 to lead individually with an overall 73 after the first day.
Lake City leads the team portion of the state tournament with a first-day score of 332, five strokes ahead Detroit Lakes.
Anderson tied for 40th
With Day 1 complete at the MSHSL Class AA State Golf Meet in Jordan, Crookston senior Dane Anderson sits in a tie for 40th place with seven other golfers.
Anderson shot a 37 and a 41 during the day to finish with a 78, one stroke back of his season average of 77.
“After the first couple of holes he ended up playing a pretty solid round of golf,” boys head coach Steve Kofoed said. “Those first four holes were really the difference.”
On the second hole of the day, Kofoed said Anderson overcorrected and hit a snap hook that went out of bounds, leading the senior golfer to finish with a seven on the hole.
“That was kind of the one swing that if we could get that back, that could have changed the whole outlook of what the total score was,” Kofoed said. “It might have made the next couple of holes go smoother at that point. He was four over in the first four and then ended up playing the final 14 holes at two over which is a pretty good round for him.”
With tough competition making up the Class AA tournament, Kofoed said Anderson will have to perform exceptionally well on the second day to be considered for a high-placed finish.
“In the whole grand scheme of where he’s at, it’s going to take two really special rounds for Dane to get himself up into medalist contention,” Kofoed said. “So really it’s just kind of playing off of scores that he shot last year and have an opportunity for a better start.”
Holy Family junior Lincoln Cizek and Red Wing sophomore Cecil Belisle finished the first day in a two-way tie for individual honors with a 68.
The Blake School leads the team competition with a 292, two strokes ahead of Detroit Lakes.