Fargo Oak Grove Enters Class B State Women’s Golf Tournament After Historic Season – InForum

FARGO – The 2022 women’s golf season brought the success of Fargo Oak Grove Grovers on the back of the team’s best statistically season in school history.

On Monday and Tuesday, they head to Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot to compete in the Class B state tournament.

Of the nine tournaments this season, the Grovers have won seven en route to the Class B, Region 2 championship. The team that defeated them in those two encounters was the eight-time state champion Kindred Vikings.

As a team, Oak Grove scored an average of about 360, which is the lowest in the school’s history. Senior leader Sophie Brantner – who won the Region’s Senior Female Golf Athlete award – has a 76 average, also the best in the school’s history as the state finals approach.

Sophie, along with sisters Josie Brantner and Sylvie Brantner, and teammate Lauren Holstad, also won honors in all regions.

Since the start of the season, the team has made progress, said Oak Grove head coach, Region Coach of the Year, Laine Brantner.

“It was fun to see the growth,” said Brantner. “My team’s motto for the girls is to have fun every day and get a little better. They really embraced it and tried to do it. It’s been fun to see the girls improve from the start. In golf, in just two months, you can make a lot of improvements.”

Aside from senior Sophie, the Grovers are a young team. However, the mix of young and old students has been beneficial as they “not only compete, but become friends and get to know each other,” Brantner said.

“In most sports, seniors and juniors don’t spend a lot of time with seventh or eighth graders, for example. But in golf, they do,” he said. “This allows younger girls to have someone to look up to and learn about how to behave on the golf course and how to learn the game. That’s a really cool thing to see.”

On the individual level, Sophie Brantner will try to chase after Kindred’s Avery Bartels, who defeated her in the regional championship. As the two fought on golf courses over the years, they formed a friendship.

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Kindred’s Avery Bartels (left) and Fargo Oak Grove’s Sophie Brantner (right) pose together after a date earlier this season

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“Obviously Avery is a tremendous golfer,” Coach Brantner said. “It’s been great for Sophie over the years to play with her to push Sophie to get better. I think Sophie spanked her twice in the last two years. So she didn’t hit her too much, but she managed to be up there next to her and learn a lot in terms of how to play better. These two have really become very close friends, which is fun.”

Between routine visits and competition at the North Dakota Women’s Amateur event at Souris Valley Golf Course, the team has some familiarity with the course.

Coach Brantner notes that the course will favor accuracy, not just power.

“From a course point of view, it’s a very good course and one that benefits the ball in a straight line,” he said. “It’s not so much the benefits of length, it’s more a golf course of precision or positioning. If you’re hitting straight – no matter how far you hit – you’re going to get a good shot.”

Competing for Oak Grove on Monday and Tuesday are sisters Brantner, Sophie senior, sophomore Josie and seventh grader Sylvie, along with sophomore Lauren Holstad, eighth grader Josie Geiger and seventh grader. Ellie Zuger series.

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