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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Riana Cooper tees off on No. 5 during the Dickinson High Invitational on Sept. 6 at the Heart River Golf Course.1 / 2
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner chips on No. 16 during the Dickinson High Invitational on Sept. 6 at the Heart River Golf Course.2 / 2

The last time the Dickinson High girls golf team played at the Jamestown Country Club was a month and a half ago.

The tournament was the two-day, East-West Classic.

Dickinson finished fourth, after being in a tie for first at the end of the opening day. The only team from the West to finish ahead of the Midgets on the tournament was Bismarck Century.

However, the opening tournament was all the confidence the Midgets needed heading into the season.

"We had two days of tournaments there, so we know the course a little bit better," Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner said. "As a team, we've been playing really well the last few meets and we're just hoping to keep continuing on that.

"We played pretty good there and as the season has gone on we've been improving in every tournament."

Dickinson returns to the Jamestown Country Club for the West Region Tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Needless to say, the Midgets are ready to return to the course.

"The girls are really pleased with how the season has gone and I'm very pleased as well," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "The most important thing is that they've been improving every tournament and working really hard. They've really been working hard on their short game. Yes, there is room for more improvement, but they've done a really nice job throughout the year."

Jahner, who has won medalist in four tournaments this season, leads the Midgets and the state with a 75.9 average. The senior said she feels good about where her game is at this point in the season.

"My swing has been feeling really good lately and my short game has been coming around too," Jahner said. "I feel really good over the ball. Hopefully, I can just stay relaxed and play like that these next couple weeks."

Dickinson senior Riana Cooper has been there with Jahner every step of the way. She ranks sixth in the state with an average of 81.3 per 18 holes. Cooper and Jahner have helped the Midgets average a 359.6 score in Class A, which ranked fourth.

Though Cooper admits she hasn't played as well as she would have liked all the time, she is pleased with how the season has went thus far. She said it's strange feeling knowing this will her and Jahner's final West Region tournament.

"It's my last year and I only have three rounds of golf left," Cooper said. "I just want to finish strong and finish my senior year on a good note. I've been playing varsity since I was an eighth-grader and it has gone really fast. It's weird to think about it's my last year."

The main area the Midgets have struggled with throughout the entire season has been getting their third and fourth scores to hit under 100.

Rachel Lantz, who is Dickinson's third scorer, said as the season went along her short game is starting to pick up. Lantz has scored under 100 in the past five tournaments.

"I started not playing my best, but I worked really hard and I got to a point where I'm happy with my game, but I still know I could do better," Lantz said. "A lot of strokes that I cut off were from my short game with chipping and putting."

Dickinson's overall goal is to win a West Region championship. But more importantly, continue to gain confidence going into the state tournament.

"Winning a few meets throughout the year gave us come confidence going into WDA," Cooper said. "We are thinking that we could do very well and possibly win WDA. And that's our main goal."