The Steady Senior Leader

DENNIS HUBBARD | PHOTO COURTESY Sarah Storandt provides a veteran presence for the Bison women’s golf team.
Sarah Storandt provides a veteran presence for the Bison women’s golf team.

Sarah Storandt has played 115 collegiate rounds of golf for North Dakota State and this season isn’t over just yet. Add what she did last summer and you’ll have more respect for golfers who walk each round.

“Last summer I played a 100 holes of golf (and) raised money for charity,” the Bison senior golfer said.

The event was played at Meadows Golf Course in Moorhead where the women’s golf team practices.

Practicing is a top priority for Storandt, who came into the NDSU golf program and instantly became an impact golfer as a freshman.

The Moorhead native improved her stroke average by about three strokes every year she has been at NDSU.

Freshman golfer Natalie Roth said from the perspective of a first-year student athlete, Storandt achieved success right out of the gate.

“She’s a very great leader – she definitely set the bar high for what freshmen want to achieve,” Roth said. “Her whole story of her coming in as a freshman and improving so much, because she’s improved tremendously over the years that she has been at NDSU.”

This season, Storandt has found herself in the No. 2 spot for the Bison with a season average of 76.79 and has recorded the lowest round for the team thus far with a five-under-par 67 at the second invitational of the season.

And she doesn’t do anything flashy. She just golfs her game and she said she doesn’t do anything different this year than what she did last year.

She just leads by example.

Bison head coach Matt Johnson said Storandt works hard at the task at hand.

“She’s just been someone who works super hard to get where she’s at,” Johnson said.

And Johnson said the team is getting better every round, but the competition continues to get even better.

“For the team, I hope we win the conference. I think we have a good shot this year,” Storandt said about the team’s goals. “For me, I just want to contribute to the team.”

If Storandt and the other golfers can stay consistent, NDSU will have a shot at the conference title when that time rolls around.

Storandt, who is a little bit of a jokester, said the team is saving their best golf for the end of the season.

“In general, our scores haven’t been fantastic, but they have been pretty good,” Storandt said with a smile. “We are just kind of saving it for conference. That’s what I keep telling coach.”

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