Tiedemann seeks medalist honors in her fifth go-around at state and Leach makes state debut.
Ally Tiedemann - Senior
Previous State Appearances
8th Grade - 56th Place
9th Grade - 31st Place
10th Grade - 6th Place
11th Grade - 7th Place
Section 8AA Section Meet
1st Place (151)
Has it sunk in that this is your last competition for Crookston?
Definitely not. I think it will really sink in once this is over.
How were your experiences in your previous four years at state and how do you approach it now?
I played good when I was a sophomore and last year, I played alright. I don’t really get nervous. I just try to keep it in my mind that it’s just another round of golf. I definitely feel more comfortable every time I play the course.
Do you feel any added pressure with this being your last year?
I don’t think so. We’ve been preparing for postseason all year. You start at sub-sections and then state is just another round of golf.
Is there any player from another school you always find yourself competing against?
This year, it’s definitely Maddie Herzog from Detroit Lakes. She’s been going to state the last few years. We’ve always been close in scores. We’re pretty close ability-wise.
What do you think has changed the most for you between your first state appearance and now?
Confidence and knowing that I’m able to compete with people.
With this being your last year, have you changed your goals you set for yourself or how you go about training? What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of the season?
I just try to keep it light and not think about it being my last golf year. I try not to worry too much about what the outcome will be. [My goal was] to be where I am right now. The goal is always to win, but I just want to be happy with my round and know I gave it everything I had.
What has been your highlight in your years playing golf for Crookston?
Last year as a team was so much fun. We were just competing the best we ever have. It was fun to make a run at sections and kind of scare Detroit Lakes. They’re always a strong team, but we played really well last year and were all getting personal records meet after meet.
What are you going to take away from your time playing golf?
The personal characteristics I’ve gained. It’s a mind game. Just being able to control my emotions, have confidence and those things in my head.
Joslynn Leach - Freshman
Previous State Appearances
First time at state
Section 8AA Section Meet Place
8th Place (172)
What do you think has been the biggest change for your game between your seventh grade year and now?
When I started in seventh grade, I probably let the nerves get the best of me. Now I’m more confident in my game.
Did you think it would be possible at the beginning of the year for you to qualify for state?
Not really. I mean, I wanted to. But I guess I didn’t think I was where I needed to be at the end of eighth grade to be able to go to state.
How do you think you have improved throughout this season?
I got a confidence pill and I guess I just became a smarter player. I’ve gained more golf knowledge.
Was there a specific moment this year where you gained your confidence?
I remember when we had our first home meet and I shot an 87. That just boosted my confidence because that was my PR and I beat Ally. So that was cool.
Does it make you nervous to be competing against older athletes?
No, it doesn’t really make me nervous. Honestly, the only time it affects me is when I’m playing against younger kids and they’re beating me. I enjoy playing with older kids because I feel it helps me grow as a player. It pushes me to beat them and when I do, it makes me feel better.
Describe the process and your emotions in the second day of the Section Meet
I knew I had to beat three people to get to the fifth spot. My first hole wasn’t how I wanted it to be, but then I parred two holes, then I birdied one and parred another one. My putting was really good to so that gave me a boost of confidence. If my short game is good, then I feel like I’m on top of it. At the end of the nine holes, I realized that I was very capable of making it to state. I only ended up winning by a stroke so it was close. I was waiting for the last group to come in. Once I knew that one of the girls ahead of me on day one shot an 89, I knew I was in. My mom was crying and laughing. I’m very proud of myself for making it this far.
What do you hope to accomplish at state?
I think my two biggest goals are not hitting balls in the water and to break 90 and shoot in the 80s both days. I’d love to place in the top 20, but I know that’s probably not going to happen. So I’ll just shoot for the 80s both days and I’ll be happy if I do that.
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