Golf team holds home tournament

SWING: Grand Forks hosts golf tournament for first time in multiple years.

The UND women’s golf team was at home this past Monday and Tuesday to host their North Dakota Fall Classic tournament at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks — securing a second place finish in the tournament.

“I think it’s our first home meet in maybe five or six years, and it’s been my first tournament as a host, but it’s been a lot nicer to go to sleep in your own bed, not having to get up as early and traveling as much,” coach Natalie Martinson said. “It was much appreciated and there were actually some fans out here for us.”

However, the weather was a little on the cold side throughout the tournament.

“Overall, I think today went fairly decent given the conditions,” Martinson said, after day one of competition. “I actually think we played a lot better as the conditions got worse.”

North Dakota State was in first place after day one, with UND following in second and South Dakota claiming third.

The wind did not settle down on the second day of competition either, and teams had to battle through it. The main focus of the team, according to coach Martinson, was smarter play and to fix the errors that occurred on day one.

One player for UND stepped up and helped to seal the second spot at the end of competition. That player was sophomore Sadie Martin, as she took second place in the individual scoring and helped UND take second overall as a team.

“Today it was pretty windy and it was a struggle to hit the fairways and hit greens, so scores are a little bit higher. But as a team, we did pretty well and just 318 I believe we shot,” Martin said. “We kept grinding and did pretty good today. It was windy, so it was tough. Personally, today I did very well. Yesterday was a little up and down, but my short game was definitely helping today.”

Martin’s short game helped, as UND clung to second place above South Dakota and finished the tournament strong — despite dealing with the windy conditions.

As the first home tournament in a few years, UND looked to have a good finish.

The team looked to past success and was able to pull out a solid performance, despite playing in less than favorable conditions, as reflected on the score sheet.

UND has now placed second two times this season and tallied one third place finish.

The team will look to keep that streak in its next tournament back on the road next Monday in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational.

Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at