The Chester Area girls golf team came into the spring looking to win the title they came so close to last season. In 2022 the Fliers finished in 2nd place at the Class B State Meet, just 3 shots behind the champs of Bison/Hettinger/Scranton. On Tuesday Chester won the title that eluded them a year ago, holding off the Cardinals by 5 shots, to win Chester Area’s first ever girls golf championship.
The Fliers had to hold off a Day 2 charge from Bison/Hettinger/Scranton, who put up the best team score on Tuesday, gaining two strokes on Chester. But the Chester team of Ayla McDonald, Jadyn McDonald, Cadence Olivier, Lauren Roberts, held on to the lead they had built up on Monday.
Ayla McDonald led the way for Chester, finishing in 5 place at 15-over par. Jadyn McDonald was 3 shots back, finishing in 7th place. Cadence Oliver also had a Top 20 individual performance, finishing in a tie for 19th place, while Lauren Roberts finished 33rd.
The Howard girls also had a strong showing, placing 6th as a team. Trinity Palmquist shot 30-over par to tie for 12th place. Piper Thompson placed 26th, and Halle Schultz 47th for the Tigers.
Other area competitors included Berkeley Groos of Colman-Egan who placed 11th, and Hayden Oftedal of Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, who improved her score by 7 strokes on Tuesday, to finish in 44th place.
The Class B Girls Golf Meet took place at Cattail Crossing Golf Course in Watertown.