Kindred's Avery Bartels repeats as B girls golf medalist, Heart River wins team title
September 28, 2021 6:15 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
CARRINGTON, N.D. – Kindred sophomore Avery Bartels had to rally on Day 2 in order to mount a defense of the Class B girls golf individual state medal she won last spring.
Her title defense was successful.
Bartels shot a 1-under 71 on Tuesday, September 28 at CrossRoads Golf Club and was 1-over 145 for the two-day tournament to win her second consecutive Class B girls golf individual state championship. Of note is the fact that Bartels’ two medals are both won in 2021 – her spring 2021 coming at Jamestown Country Club during the 2020-21 school year and then again this fall, due to the Class B girls golf season switching to a fall competition for the 2021-22 school year.
Bartels entered Day 2 one stroke behind Grafton junior Ainsley McLain who was 1-over through 18 holes. Bartels got to work right away on Tuesday scoring an eagle on Hole 2 and birdies on Holes 3 and 9. Through nine holes, Bartels was 4-under par for the round and 2-under for the tournament. A double-bogey on Hole 9 for McLain put her 1-over for the round and 2-over for the tournament at the turn.
McLain suffered another double bogey on Hole 11, but recovered with birdies on Holes 15 and 17 to make up ground on Bartels, who double bogeyed Hole 16 and bogied Hole 18. In the end, Bartels had built up enough of a cushion to fend off McLain’s late rally which kept the tournament competitive wire to wire.
Heart River maintained its Day 1 team stroke-play lead to win the program’s second Class B girls golf team state championship (2021 and 2018). The Cougars finished with a two-day score of 665 strokes – 27 strokes better than runner up Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter (692). Heart River was paced by senior Madisen Jarrett, who finished with a two-day score of 160 (sixth place individually). Senior Grace Nantt tied for ninth place with a 166 to earn all-state honors for the Cougars.
INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 FINISHERS (ALL-STATE):
1. Avery Bartels, Kindred, 74-71–145; 2. Ainsley McLain, Grafton, 73-73–146; 3T. Sophie Brantner, Oak Grove, 80-77–157; 3T. Lauryn Keller, Des Lacs-Burlington, 80-77–157; 5. Libby Dulmage, Rugby, 79-79–158; 6. Madisen Jarrett, Heart River, 79-81–160; 7. Elle Nicholas, North Star, 77-84–161; 8. Erin Kelsch, Linton/HMB, 83-79–162; 9T. Sophie Ketterling, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter, 86-80–166; 9T. Grace Nantt, Heart River, 82-84–166
1. Heart River 325-340–665; 2. Napoleon/Gackle/Streeter 347-345–692; 3. Linton/HMB 355-354–709; 4. Kindred 356-356–712; 5. Oak Grove 363-360–723; 6. Grafton 378-370–748; 7. Rugby 389-390–779; 8. Carrington 396-385–781; 9. Stanley 394-394–788; 10. Des Lacs-Burlington 401-389–790; 11. New Town 411-402–813; 12. Western Morton 418-403–821; 13. Hatton-Northwood 422-403–825; 14. Velva 426-404–830; 15. Hazen 443-390–833; 16. Langdon 429-422–851. 17. Northern Lights 452-403–855. 18. Edgeley-Kulm 450-427–877.