Finishing up a season of tournaments in the Midwest, the North Dakota State women’s golf team will get a chance to hibernate before they head south into a warmer weather spring season.
Led by sixth-year head coach Matt Johnson, the women’s golf program has had a successful fall season. The Bison took first at the Cobber Open in Detroit Lakes, Minn., fifth in the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., first in the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Fall Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D., first in the South Dakota Coyote Classic in Dakota Dunes, S.D., and 11th at the Diane Thomason Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.
“For the most part, it’s been good,” Johnson said. “A little bit of inconsistency, but overall it’s been a good year.”
The women had some success on an individual level as well. Senior Sarah Storandt took second in the Concordia Cobber Open, Jackrabbit Invitational and the USD Classic as well as a tie for fourth in the Chop-N-Club Invitational.
Junior Hailey Boner took third in the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational and fifth in the USD Coyote Classic. Freshman Natalie Roth finished third at the Jackrabbit Invitational and fifth in the USD Classic, while junior Cassie Wurm took fourth.
Because Storandt has been so successful this year, she is someone those younger players look up to.
“Sarah is a good role model because she is an exceptional student and is a very hard worker,” Johnson said. “She has just worked very, very hard and has made herself a top level and elite player.”
One golf member who looks up to Storandt is sophomore Alex Schmid, who took first at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational.
“I think it was a good breakthrough for me,” Schmid said, “because when I got to NDSU I struggled a bit with my game. I still am struggling a bit, but I think it helped prove to myself and everyone around me that I am good enough to win a tournament.”
NDSU consists of an even number of grade levels, including two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and two freshman.
The Bison’s majors spans a wide variety, which includes finance, public relations and advertising, marketing, pharmacy, biological sciences, statistics, chemistry and mathematics education.
Competing against 50-60 other players, Johnson also thought the breakthrough for Schmid was a good stepping stone in such a young career.
“It was a great accomplishment for her and a great sign for her future,” Johnson said.
With the fall portion of their season ending Sunday at Denver Ron Moore Intercollegiate, the team is encouraged to take time off to recover. Conditioning and workout drills will pick up in December, and indoor practice will begin in January. NDSU will pick things up on Feb. 23 for the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix.
Once late April hits, top Bison players will travel to the Summit League Championship in Seaside, Calif.
Storandt said the Bison will have one mission in mind.
“Our goal for the spring is to improve enough that we can be competitive against Denver and Oral Roberts,” Storandt said.