Tiedemann places the highest at state in her career and Leach takes 59th.

    Ally Tiedemann played her best round on day two of the state competition to place fifth, Joslynn Leach finished her first state experience in 59th and the Crookston girls golfers concluded the 2018 season.

    Tiedemann shot an 80 on day one which put her in a tie for seventh place. The next day, she dropped nine strokes, one in the front nine and eight in the back nine, to shoot one under par with a 71 and make the podium for the third time at state.

    Out of the five times Tiedemann competed at state, her total of 151 serves as her best state score. Fifth is also the highest the senior has placed at state.

    “It was her last hurrah,” Head Coach Jeff Perreault said. “It was her swan song and she went out and performed. At the turn, I talked to her and she said she didn’t feel like she was playing very good. Part of that was because she was playing with a pretty good group. Girls were putting a little pressure on her and I think that really helped her on the back nine. The true competitor came out in her.”

    Along with the state veteran, freshman Leach made her first state appearance. Leach shot a 93 while battling nerves on day one. The freshman posted a similar score to day one with an identical 51 in the front nine. Leach followed up with a 43 on the back nine to post a day two score of 94 and 187 overall.

    Hole three proved to be difficult for Leach and her coach praised her ability to continue on after carding an eight for a par three.

    “I was most impressed with how she rebounded,” Perreault said. “That’s kind of a disastrous third hole. That could ruin a golfer’s day and she just kept plugging away. I had to remind her not to worry about past shots. I try to tell the girls the only shot that counts is the next one. I think she learned a lot from her experience down there.”

    The 187 Leach shot in her first state tournament carries a certain amount of significance. It matches the score Tiedemann posted in her inaugural state competition back in 2014.

    After hearing the coincidence, Perreault chuckled and said he looks forward to seeing Leach’s performances in the next three years of her high school career.

    “That’s kind of interesting,” Perreault said. “I think Joslynn did a little research on it and probably realizes that this is her first year down here and she’s not expected to set the world on fire. There’s just tons of potential in this girl. She has that golfer mentality. I’ve coached a lot of girls over the years and that’s a trait that’s hard to find. It’ll be fun to watch what she can do in her career here.”

    Leach will return in the 2019 season as a sophomore and hopes to provide depth to a team with one senior and one junior.

    Tiedemann played in her final competition as a Pirate and will venture to the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall of 2018 to begin her collegiate tennis career.

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