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Hayden Goethe, Published May 09 2010

Bison women's golf: Anderson misses cut by 3

Amy Anderson’s rally to try to extend her first season as a collegiate golfer came up three shots short on Saturday.

The North Dakota State freshman shot a 1-over 72 in the final round of the NCAA Division I West Regional women’s golf tournament in Stanford, Calif., finishing at 9 over for the tournament in a tie for 17th place.

She missed the cut for advancing to the NCAA national championship by three shots.

“I struggled a bit the first day for sure,” Anderson said by phone after learning she had missed the cut. “I played a little bit better today and yesterday, but I got off to a bad start the first day.”

In Thursday’s first round, she shot a 77. But she followed that up with Friday’s 73 and Saturday’s 72.

Anderson said she was nervous, but not because she was on the regional stage as a freshman.

“I was more nervous because I didn’t feel comfortable with my game,” said Anderson, who spent a few hours on the course following Thursday’s first round after having six three-putts that day.

The West Regional wrapped up a sensational freshman season for Anderson.

She was named The Summit League Newcomer of the Year and already holds the school career record for tournament victories.

She was just the third Bison golfer to qualify for a national regional, and the first since 2003. The previous two had qualified at the Division II level.

Anderson said the next thing on her agenda is a U.S. Open qualifier in June in Chicago.

But right now, she’s just looking forward to returning home today for Mother’s Day with her mom, Twyla, who joined her in Stanford.

“Now that I look back on it, nothing was really very good,” Anderson said. “I struggled with everything this week, and I tied for 17th against some of the best players in the country when I wasn’t playing my best.”

Readers can reach Forum Assistant Sports Editor Hayden Goethe at (701) 241-5558