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Bredemeier, Riders capture East girls golf title

Lily Bredemeier attempts to sink a put on the 18th green during Monday's East Regional Tournament. Bredemeier set a course record while also leading the Roughriders to a team title. Clay Cunningham/The Forum.

MAPLETON, N.D. -- After hitting their final putts of the day Monday, Lily Bredemeier and Maggie Manson met at the corner of the 18th green of Maple River Golf Club and exchanged a fist bump.

This brief exchange seemed to carry a simple, straightforward message: Until next time.

Each player broke the high school course record, with Bredemeier of Grand Forks Red River edging West Fargo Sheyenne’s Manson by one stroke, shooting a 78 and leading the Roughriders to a winning score of 349 in the East Region tournament.

The defending Class A state champion came in six strokes ahead of Fargo Shanley. Sheyenne took third with 360.

Bredemeier and Manson each shot a 37 on the front nine, then saw the lead change hands four times on the first five holes of the back nine.

The back-and-forth ended on 14, as Bredemeier took the lead for good, extending the advantage to three stokes heading into the final hole.

Manson didn’t go away, though, putting pressure on Bredemeier with a birdie on the Par 4 18th. Despite ending her day with a bogey, Bredemeier had given herself enough of a cushion to withstand the final push.

The two were among four players to either break or tie the previous course record for high school play. Bredemeier’s teammate Kelly Debeltz took third place with an 85, with Fargo North’s Tonya Berg placing fourth with 86.

Bredemeier says playing against a quality opponent was a good way to keep herself sharp going into next week’s state tournament, where she and Manson are both expected to be in contention.

“It was fun playing with Maggie,” said Bredemeier. “It's always fun playing with her. I'm really competitive and I like how it was very competitive today.”  

Lexi Laframboise placed 11th with a score of 91, while Lydia Weippert tied for 19th with a 95 to complete the Red River scoring.

When asked if her team was in good position to repeat as Class A champions next week, a confident Bredemeier was very succinct in her response.

"I think we are,” she said. “Yes, I do."

Red River coach Eric Sanders said conditions on the day were difficult.

“It was a tough day to play,” he said. “It was cold and we got rained on. But overall, we had a good day. Lily played a really solid round. And Kelly had a really good day.’’

Grand Forks Central will also be joining the Class A tournament next week, earning the sixth and final qualifying spot with a score of 385.

Clara Hanson had Central’s best score of 91, good enough for an 11th-place tie. Haley Blixt also finished in the top 20, tying for 19th with a 95.