The Wahpeton girls golf team began their charge at the state tournament in Mandan Monday, finishing in ninth place after Day 1. The Huskies shot a 393 amidst the best high school teams in North Dakota.

“We were hoping to have four girls under 100, but the girls shot pretty close to their season averages,” Wahpeton coach Jeff Ralph said.

Unsurprisingly, Wahpeton No. 1 Savonnah Haselhorst led the team into the clubhouse, finishing tied for 15th overall with a score of 87 after a sweet birdie on 18.

“Savonnah had played pretty well for 14 holes today, but had a couple tough breaks around the greens,” Ralph said. “She’s a strong player and will bounce back Tuesday and hopefully will play well enough to get into the top 10.”

Also playing well at the right time for Wahpeton was Kelsey Darwin, who shot a season-low 95 to stand in a tie for 27th after one day of play.

“We were very pleased with the play of Kelsey today,” Ralph said. “She’s been struggling the last couple weeks, but played well in her practice round Sunday and backed that up today. She hit the ball well off the tee and putted pretty well too. As a freshman, she has gained some valuable experience to build on for tomorrow.”

Other finishers for the Huskies included Leslie Hibl with a 103, Morgan Strand’s 108, a 112 for Emma Rubish, and Kelsey Breuer, who shot 134.

The Huskies will aim for a strong finish to their season, tackling Day 2 Tuesday in Mandan.

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